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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-15-2011, 09:50 PM Thread Starter
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Advice on Tankmates.

Today, I finally ordered my 10 gallon tank supplies, it came to a whooping total of 143$! But I got.. spongebob, his pineapple house, and gary. 2 fake plants, log covered ludwigia, palm trees, filter, hood (light), substrate, heater, and gravel cleaner. I have a couple of more things I want to pick up... but that's what I ordered for now!

I've been debating on fish... it's really hard to decide.
I'm thinking about doing 2 African Dwarf Frogs, 1 apple snail, 1 Otoclinus Catfish, and of course my betta fish! I'm also thinking of some cherry or ghost shrimp.

Is there anything that I need to know about these fish, frogs, snails, and shrimps? Is this too many different species of animals? Is this a good mix? Should I consider a different type of snail? Should I consider more of an animal?
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I think Ottos need to be in groups of at least 4 or so, so I would skip the froggies and get more ottos.
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Frogs are semi-hard to care for, so I would get 3+ ottos (because they need groups), you can get 3-5 ghost shrimp, and 10+ cherry shrimp. You may want to skip the snail because they produce lots of waste.

I only have 1 betta left, but he's a cool blue marble!
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Alright. I'll skip on the frogs, and the snail. I'll definately get about 4 Otos, though.

But, now I have a platy on my mind. Good idea? Yes, No?

Do shrimps need to be in a large group? Any limit on them?

So many questions.
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I don't think they need to be in a group, but I would get at least two or three. I also don't really think there is a limit to how many, but obviously don't get a crazy number like 30 lol. I think platies need to be in groups, so I think that would over stock you.
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Hehehe, alright. I wasn't going to go crazy, was thinking maybe 5 of the ghost, and around 7 for the cherry ones. :)

I think platys would increase my bioload too much.. So I don't think I'm going to get them.

However for the otos, I was thinking maybe a pygmy catfish instead, hmmm...
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That is a great number for shrimp. Just be careful, I have heard that ghosties can be mean to other shrimps.

The pygmies are so cute, and in person they are super teeny!
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I'll keep an eye out for those bully ghost shrimps! Maybe I should get 3. :P lol.

When I'm picking up these fish, I'll have to see what I like better, the otos or pygmies! I definately want some type of catfish though, I love there faces! Though otos have that longer nose, but I think it's neat. :3

Thank you for the advice :D
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They are both so cute, so you will be happy with either.


Glad I could help :)
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I'll keep an eye out for those bully ghost shrimps! Maybe I should get 3. :P lol.

When I'm picking up these fish, I'll have to see what I like better, the otos or pygmies! I definately want some type of catfish though, I love there faces! Though otos have that longer nose, but I think it's neat. :3

Thank you for the advice :D
Remember, keep your pygmy's in groups of 5-6.

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