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Old 03-19-2011, 04:43 PM   #1 
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5 hatchet fish, one pineapple platy, and one betta in a 10 gallon???

My fishy book i have says there are some species of hatchet fish that get up to an inch, and some male platies get up to 1.5 inches. Okay, my betta is about 2.75 inches. All that added together is a good stock for a 10 gallon, yes? But my handbook also says hatchet fish like groups of 6 or more, but it doesnt say hatchet fish can count or do math... Will the fish know the difference [pun]?

Oh, can i also add a snail and two shrimp?

Am i out of my mind? Will my betta be mean to such a bright colored platy?
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Old 03-19-2011, 04:48 PM   #2 
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Most hatchetfish get 1-2 inches. I would do 4-5 marbled/dwarf hatchetfish and your betta. Platies like groups.
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Old 03-19-2011, 05:07 PM   #3 
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Toss the inch per gallon rule, it doesn't look at bioloads. You wouldnt put a 10inch fish in your ten gallon right? Try aqadvisor.com, some like it some hate it. But its pretty conservative and it gives you schooling requirements and compatability. I dont think our fish count to makes sure there are enough in their school, but safety comes in numbers.
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Okay, i'll try that websit. My book also says hatchets are carnivores, yes? They need seperate food?
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Okay, i'll try that websit. My book also says hatchets are carnivores, yes? They need seperate food?
Bettas are carnivores too. I feed mine the same things.
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Old 03-19-2011, 06:23 PM   #6 
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Wait! Can i replace the platy with a guppy instead, or do they like groups too? My book didnt say... A store near me has these weird guppies that aren't fancy and flamboyantly colorful like the usual guppies.
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Old 03-19-2011, 06:25 PM   #7 
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Guppies require groups. I would skip them.
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Old 03-19-2011, 06:36 PM   #8 
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Either pick hatchets or platies. Both groups would overstock your tank.
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Old 03-19-2011, 06:40 PM   #9 
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Okay, 4-5 hatchet fish, one betta!

Can I still keep two shrimp and a snail? Or one shrimp and a snail, or...?
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Okay, 4-5 hatchet fish, one betta!

Can I still keep two shrimp and a snail? Or one shrimp and a snail, or...?
Yeah, you can keep the shrimp and snails. Shrimp have very low bioload.
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