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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-15-2011, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
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Smile I'm so excited!

Yay! Friday is my birthday! My mom is getting me a 10 gallon tank and my grandma is taking me to a pet store to pick out the fishies that I'm gonna put in the tank with my betta! I did some research and I was thinking of putting
3 or 4 Cory Cats
4 Tetras
2 or 3 Platys
And maybe some Rasboras

Obviously I wouln't get all of these in a 10 gallon tank, I'm just gonna pick one or two of those options. Which ones do you think would work best? Thanks for any advice! Also, my Betta, Bruce, isn't very agressive and I don't think he'd cause too many problems.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-15-2011, 08:32 PM
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I would go for:
- 6 tetras
- 4-6 cories
- 3 platies
You don't have room for more than one of these options in a ten gal. At most, I would get 6 ember tetras (smaller than neons) and 6 pygmy cories, but that would be overstocked (I'd do it anyway, because I'm a bad person).
My personal choice would be the cories - they are extremely cute and entertaining and the least offensive to a betta. :)

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-16-2011, 10:24 AM
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I would cycle the tank before adding any corydoras...Some species can be very sensitive...I had my filter go out on me one night and I went through a mini cycle and I lost 2 of my corydoras.....Also take into consideration that corydoras prefer sand bottom tanks. They are great little fish though!My second favorite actually! (bettas first) And there are plenty of different corydoras to choose from! I have 5 corydoras with a betta in my 10 gallon..and that is 100% stocked..no room for anything else. I personally think a 10 gallon is too small for platys because they are livebearers and will quickly overpopulate a 10 gallon..unless you get all females.
I personally would stick with one schooling fish if youre going to have a betta in this tank too...More than one in that small of a tank can stress a betta out. I would stick with corydoras.

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-16-2011, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
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Oh okay thanks! I haven't had any cory's yet but now I'm really excited I'll probably just get those. And maybe some tetras if I'm feeling like a bad person lol :)
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If you're going to be a "bad person", keep in mind that you need to get pygmy cories, not regular cories. 100% or over stocking a tank should only be done by those with experience.

How do you plan on cycling the tank? Good luck! I wish someone would give me a 10g for my birthday lol

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-17-2011, 09:44 AM
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corys are great little creatures and should get along with your betta. Pygmies are a bit delicate, so I would go with either sand or small rounded gravel. Whatever fish you decide on, make sure to add the non bettas first, so the Betta doesn't try to defend his territory. I lost a cory once because of that mistake :(

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-17-2011, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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Oh thanks for that tip! I definitley wouldnt want that to happen!
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-18-2011, 10:17 AM
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If you have never had cory doras before, they are easy to fall in love with. They are very social fish that like to alternate between being active and laying low for a little bit. I would definitely make sure you get something that the catfish can hide in or under... they can be a little timid.
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