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Old 03-25-2012, 07:55 PM   #1 
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10 Gallon Stocking

Hi everyone! Ive been following this forum for quite some time and finally decided to join. I currently have a 10 gallon cycled planted tank that houses my blue/red VT Poseidon, 7 neon tetras and three ghost shrimp of which two are carrying eggs! Heated, filtered, the whole bit. I'm interested in getting some type of algae eater(s) as I have some nice patches of green algae growing at the moment. I know that it's not enough to sustain the algae eaters out right but I figured I might as well put the algae to use. My question is about the bio-load. Can my tank support more fish and if so I would love some recommendations. Thanks!
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Old 03-25-2012, 07:58 PM   #2 
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A f=ten gallon standard would be an ideal habitat for a Betta and a small school of beautiful fish. Ideally you would want to go for the small species of fish in a tank around that size, here are a few possibilities. but before purchasing them, research there care

6-8 boraras maculatus and a Betta

6-8 boraras brigittae and a Betta

6-8 boraras merah and a Betta

6-8 boraras Naevus and a Betta,

6-7 Corydoras pygmaeus and a Betta

6-7 Corydoras Hastatus and a Betta

6-7 Corydoras Habrosus and a Betta

3 otos and a Betta

You could also add some invertibrates such as Mexican dwarf orange crayfish, amano shrimp, cherry shrimp, ghost shrimp and crystal red shrimp into the mix
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Old 03-25-2012, 08:16 PM   #3 
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Thanks for the suggestions Mo! Right now my 10 gallon houses my betta, 7 neon tetras and 3 ghost shrimp. Im wondering if adding some type of algae eater would be too much...I would love to have some corys or otos but I know they need to be 6 or so strong to do well and I don't know if my 10 gallon can sustain that many
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Old 03-25-2012, 09:13 PM   #4 
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To be honest you're at your limit already right now!

Adding Otos would be a poor choice, they're very sensitive plus they do better in larger tanks. If you want something to eat your algae I suggest a snail, although snails eat only a certain types of algae and not all, same with Otos.

Cories don't eat algae they like more meaty food better.
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Old 03-25-2012, 09:19 PM   #5 
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Yes. Sorry I had not realized they you already had fish. I wouldn't recommend any type of algae eater exept a nerite
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Thanks for the input! I was pretty sure that I was about at my limit on this tank. I have a larger one in the works to help sate my obsession :)
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Old 03-26-2012, 12:03 AM   #7 
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I would swap the ghost shrimp for cherry shrimp. Because cherrys are also algea eaters
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Old 03-26-2012, 12:06 AM   #8 
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I would swap the ghost shrimp for cherry shrimp. Because cherrys are also algea eaters
RCS' are nice additions to tanks, but they're quite expensive where I come from. Ghost shrimps are much cheaper. Plus I would try ghost shrimps first or whichever one is cheaper, because if your Betta decides to kill them, it won't burn a hole in your pocket.
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Yes. Sorry I had not realized they you already had fish. I wouldn't recommend any type of algae eater exept a nerite
+1 on the nerite!
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Old 03-26-2012, 07:24 PM   #10 
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How about amano shrimp? They are excellent algae eaters, and not as likely to be eaten as cherries due to their dull colouring.
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