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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-06-2011, 02:17 PM Thread Starter
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stocking a 10g and questions about other species

So I have decided against a betta sorority for my new 10gal because my mom pointed out that if they do start fighting I won't have anywhere decent to put them all (although the females at Petco were all so tiny and pitiful looking) so I've decided to get a single male betta.

1. How big do corys get? Petco says 2", Petsmart says 3", I've also heard 4", so does anyone know which it is? And for corys, it's a group of 4, right?
2. minimum amount of neon tetras to a tank is 4-6, right?

I was thinking of getting:
1 male betta
5 neon tetras
4 cory cats (most likely albino)

Would that be overstocked?
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I personally wouldnt go with both the corydoras and the tetras. it would overstock the tank quite a bit..it is better to understock than overstock a tank...Most peppered corydoras and albino corydoras (the most popular sold in petstores) get to about 2-3 inches at the most...What type of corydoras are you planning on getting?There are some dwarf species which only get 1 inch or so...I love corydoras and have had 4 in a 10 gallon with my betta. Corydoras prefer sand substrates.

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+1 - having cories AND tetras will overstock you. If you want both, go for tiny ones with a matching bioload. 6 ember tetras and 6 pygmy cories would not be murder on the tank if you are prepared to maybe one extra water change a week. :) However, neons and normal-sized cories together would push you over the limit.

Tetras like groups of six or more.

If you go with just cories, 6 pygmies or 4 pandas would be my suggestion. They stay smaller than other species, with pygmies hitting an inch and pandas frequently not growing past two.

Personally, I would choose the cories - it's always a safer bet to put a betta with bottom feeders. :)

Lol, your reasons for wanting a sorority are the same as mine - I saw ten stressed, unhappy girls in a tank in a dodgy shop and just had to buy 6 of them, with only 2 spare tanks if it all went wrong. Luckily it didn't.

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Okay so I think I'm deciding against the corys because I heard they do better with sand? So how many tetras do you think would be the max?

My local pet stores don't sell pygmy corys or ember tetras :P
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6 neons would be both the minimum and the maximum in a ten gallon. Shame about the embers. They may be able to order them in for you, though. Mine were super cheao - $2 each I think. That's cheap for here, anyway.

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Check out glolight tetras too. I believe they don't get as big as neons?
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Glolights get pretty big...my boyfriend has some that are easily two inches.

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Glolights get pretty big...my boyfriend has some that are easily two inches.
Really? Wow... Sure they were glolights? Mine are over a yr old and still less than an inch haha.
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Wowies...his were 2 or so, I think. Sadly they died not long ago in a fungal bloom but they were fairly sizeable. I must confess, though, his are the largest (and fattest) that I've ever seen. :)
They also might be better with a betta due to their more subdued (but still stunning!) colouring. :)

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