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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-27-2018, 01:48 AM Thread Starter
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Help for a beginner stocking a 10 gallon

Hi all! First time posting so hope i'm doing this right :)

I recently bought a 10 gallon half moon aquarium, put in some black sand, 3 marimo balls, 2 java ferns, and a couple anubias plants and want to do a tank with a few things going on if possible!

I've thought of the idea of having either a small school or a small group of shoaling fish of about 5-10 in the mid to top levels of the tank, and then getting some hasboras corys or pygmy corys as the second fish with a group of maybe 5-7. These two are my primary hopes, but if I could also add maybe 5 rcs or ghost shrimp to the tank as well that would be awesome!

My local pet store doesn't stock a lot of the fish I'd like online like chili rasboras. Would fish like zebra danios work with the corys? Other options white cloud minnows, neon tetras, harlequin rasboras, dwarf gouramis, and cardinal tetras. a

Fish keeping already has me so excited and I'm pumped to start a new tank after around 10 years and plan to share more as well as my bettas in the future :)
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Can you give us the dimensions of your aquarium? Whether a tank is long or tall can determine stocking. And do you plan to have your Betta in this tank? It does not matter whether he or she is first or last addition.

White Cloud Minnows are cold water fish so I would never house them with Tropicals. Their highest tolerable temperature is lower than most Tropicals' lowest tolerable.

IME, a 10 gallon is too small for Zebra Danios. They need the 30-inch lateral footprint of a 20-gallon long. Dwarf Gourami should not be housed with a Betta as both are top-dwellers and Anabantoids. For shrimp you would need a tank at least six weeks after the cycle has finished and lots and lots of cover and areas for them to hide when they molt.

I think your idea of one of the small Rasbora is a good one. Habrosus Cory are bottom dwellers while the Pygmy Cory is more of a mid-tank dweller. You might also consider Ember Tetra. Even three our four male Fancy Guppies make a nice addition and they are more top dwelling. I like Dwarf Panda Guppies. They are Nano-size at about one inch long. IME, Neons, if you intend to eventually add a Betta, can be very nippy unless in a fairly large shoal.

This site is conservative but can aid you in knowing how much maintenance you will need to do based on number of residents, tank size and filter size.

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Can you give us the dimensions of your aquarium? Whether a tank is long or tall can determine stocking. And do you plan to have your Betta in this tank? It does not matter whether he or she is first or last addition.
Here's the tank i purchased: 17.7 in L x 11.1 in W x 19.4 in H (44.9 x 28.1 x 49.2 cm)

And I do not plan to keep the beta in this tank, so maybe I'll get 5-10 of whatever nano rasboras i can find and 7 or so hasbrosus corys? That would pretty much max out the tank right? Aqadvisor has it at 96%. So probably nothing else? Thank you for your help!

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Pygmy corys are awesome!

You may also want to consider green neon tetras as an alternative for the shoaling fish. They're slightly smaller than neon tetras, which should allow for similar numbers to those of the rasboras you quoted.
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Endlers are another good option, as long as you keep males, or females... but not both, lol.
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