So I woke up this morning to my Betta Ernesto beating up pretty bad on the neons (Lenin, Castro and Mao)...for the first time really. So, after work I bought a 10 gallon tank/filter/stand (I spent an insane amount of money all told nearly 150.00 with decorations and gravel) and prepped it (I know I should have done a cycle for at least 2 days, but I was worried about the neons. So, I put the proper treatments in, let the filter run for about 30 min to cycle the water through). I ousted the neons from Ernesto's tank. So sad to break up the little comunist party, but Ernesto could not keep his fins to himself. I had the neons in a cup of their old water, and submerged it. All seem to be great.
Not 10 minutes later, Ernesto turned a brilliant color...happier...so for all of my bellyachin' YOU WERE all RIGHT.
Ernesto is in his 2 gallon by himself, and the three neons are in their new home. Thursday, I am going to add 3 more neons (Stalin and Karl and Trotsky) to school them in a group of 6, and I want to get a community tropical tank going (the right way).
Here's what I would like to do: Over the next few weeks, I want to add some fancy guppies (6 of them, 3 at a time), 2 dwarf gouramis, three flame tetras and a bottom feeder, an Otocinclus. There will be about 17 very small fish all told when the tank is done. Is this too much?
I want a nice variety of fish, and absolutely at this point cannot go bigger AT ALL...$$$ and space are gone for this hobby ('cept for upkeep). Suggestions to get a nice variety in a 10 gallon???