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Old 10-31-2011, 11:10 PM   #1 
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Have a 10 Gallon tank

6 neon tetras, and one non aggressive Betta. Can I put anything else in the tank? Considering getting an algae eater... Do not want shrimp or snails what could be recommended?
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Old 10-31-2011, 11:23 PM   #2 
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I wouldn't but I've never put more than that in a tank, others may have and had luck with it. But for a 10 Gal. that is probably enough other than snails or shrimp ( which you don't want).....maybe a drawf aquatuc frog?
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Old 11-01-2011, 12:28 AM   #3 
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You are pretty much stocked - definitely don't add any other fish (since most require schools, and those that don't have a big bioload, you'd be way overstocked keeping them happy). If you like, some shrimp would be good, as they have a tiny bioload. :)
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Old 11-01-2011, 06:47 AM   #4 
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I would recommend nothing else.. most algae eaters will become too large for that tank (especially the common ones that you see in most LFS and chain stores, and one or two of the smaller species are hard to care for that even breeders have a hard time keeping alive). You are pretty much at your limit other then possibly a couple shrimp, and no snails as their bio load is rather large and your tank is at it's limit.
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Old 11-01-2011, 09:39 AM   #5 
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What is the deal with the 1 inch per gallon, that I keep reading. Just wondering
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Old 11-01-2011, 01:42 PM   #6 
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That is an old system some people still use.. it's good for not getting too large of fish for a tank, but as far as the amount of fish, you have to judge by the amount of waste/bio load that is in the tank. You can generally get away with a few more fish then recommended if you have a lot of real plants and great filter. Otherwise it's best to consider what the tank can safely hold, bio-wise.
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Old 11-01-2011, 04:39 PM   #7 
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Old 11-01-2011, 07:15 PM   #8 
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The inch per gallon rule can work with fish like tetras, although people frequently forget to use their adult size rather than the size they buy them at, but for most fish, it doesn't work. I mean, a ten inch goldfish in a ten gallon? Even ten one-inch goldies in a ten gallon would be bad. They have a bigger body shape all-round and produce a large amount of waste even for that shape. :) It's a good rule for tetras and some other small fish, but for most fish I wouldn't use it.
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