Many 10 gallon tanks are sold as a set which will include most of the things you need to start an aquarium; though certain other accessories will also need to be purchased.eval(ez_write_tag([[250,250],'fishkeepingworld_com-sky-1','ezslot_30',116,'0','0'])); Some people advise against these sets so that you can purchase higher quality equipment, but it depends on your budget and stocking plans. How about one nine-inch fish and a one-inch fish? You may be tempted to get a pair for but I wouldn’t unless you are considering a larger tank. A girl that wants an eel on May 25, 2018: Question time. This article is accurate and true to the best of the authorâs knowledge. Can I put two plecostomus, three guppies, and three platies in a ten-gallon tank? The guppy should be in a school. This can be done with purified water and sea salt bought from a pet store. The smallest "pleco" is in the ancistrus line. I really appreciate your post about the fish types for a small tank. The one inch of fish per gallon is a fallacy, what you want to look at is the bio-load of the fish and the size tank they'll need as an individual fish when they are fully grown. I made a bad choice by going to Walmart to get fish advise about what fish gets along with who and what not and ended up with 1 angelfish,2 Redtail Sharks,and a black molly. The minimum tank size is 20 gallons for a single fish, with an extra 10 gallons for each addition fish. But they are also very aggressive, very complex fish and, except for a few species, do not belong in a tank smaller than 55 gallons. A 10 gallon tank does not provide an abundance of space, but if the tank is kept healthy then there are a variety of fish that can flourish. For now, theyâll need to be in at least a 20 gallon tank, and eventually theyâll need a minimum 50 gallon tank. If you want to avoid that drama altogether, stick with one gourami. But when should I start doing water cycles and should I get a aquarium vaccum I’ve seen a lot of people use one and they seem to do the job. The number of Guppy fish that should be in your 10-Gallon Tank should not be more than 4, you donât want the males fighting each other. Eric Dockett (author) from USA on January 31, 2017: @Tim. Many fish will nip and them, causing them stress. I waited a few days, did a ton of research and restocked the tank. I’m thinking to get rid of the angelfish and the red tails (at least one) where would I take them? My betta loves it. Keeping two dwarf gouramis, six neons and three guppies along with the six cories is a little too much for a 10-gallon, in my opinion. Hi. Using a small aquarium vacuum and start siphoning out some of the water into a bucket. The water you add needs to be a similar temperature to the water in your tank. supports HTML5 video. I've always liked Amazon Swords, but they do get somewhat large. Good luck! They are schooling fish and best kept in groups of six or more. Before you add them you need to ensure that the water is at the temperature you desire (if heated). Good luck! The light inside the hood radiate a natural daylight glow to promote movement for happier and healthier fish. Answer: A single male betta is the perfect resident for a 10-gallon tank. If you are looking for a complete kit, this set is great. I would not get more glowfish. Did you start fish keeping with a 10 gallon tank? But so far this is what were thinking... 2 cory catfish, 1 african dwarf frog, 2-3 fancy guppies, 2-3 dwarf gourami, 2-3 cherry barb, 1 gold mystery snail... thoughts? We would get a couple.. They do clean up to an extent, they are bottom feeders and will check out left-over food that falls to the bottom but they don't clean up, they will make waste themselves. Help I've been trying to keep guppies alive it seems the fish we get come to our house to die... We had two males and decided to add four females and one male. Even though they are docile toward other fish species, they can get nippy at each other when stressed, and this leads to death in their ranks. Eric Dockett (author) from USA on August 15, 2017: Small tetras seem to struggle in tanks where conditions are less than ideal. Can I put Pygmy Cory Catfish with african dwarf frogs. I know it's a crummy situation. As for recommending algae eaters, I think the otos and shrimp are a good idea. Learn betta fish care with this 10 step guide. Is a 10 gallon tank too small to have goldfish? FISH FOOD â What to Feed Your Fish. I am re-entering the hobby, and started with a 10 gal âstarterâ kit. Aquarium dimensions and overall aquarium sizes may . If so, how many of each? I tested my water and the water qualities are perfect. Not sure if that would be interesting to your son, but just a thought. The key is understanding betta behavior, keeping a close eye on things and having a back-up plan if things don't go well. Eric Dockett (author) from USA on July 27, 2017: Hi Shanna. ( im not claiming this as a fact, im no expert). Still messing with what to do.. By Ed Schipul [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons. I just cleaned my tank from algae bloom I had along time ago so all the algae was dead. Dwarf gourami can be aggressive (I know, the pet stores say they aren't) and I'd especially be concerned with them and the frog. Eric Dockett (author) from USA on July 26, 2018: Deborah Minter from U.S, California on July 25, 2018: Eric Dockett (author) from USA on June 24, 2018: @Aquarium space - My advice in this article was to stock no less than 6 so I'm not sure why you'd disagree with that. Consequently, small tanks need to be monitored and cleaned more frequently, so ironically âbeginner tanksâ are not always best suited for beginners. I currently have a 10 gallon planted tank with one half moon betta , 6 pygmy cortadoras , 4 gold neon tetras and 3 harlequin rasboras. Thank you Eric. Though water changes must be done frequently, the small tank size means that they should only take a few minutes to do. The salesman said to add 3 fish at a time and get no more than 6-8 and one snail when algae starts to show up. In fish-only systems, you can shoot for a salinity of 30 grams per liter (g/L) as a baseline. This problem will clear up on its own over time. The fish can survive weekends without food if they are getting it five days a week, though it would be better if they had food at least one of the days. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. I'm interested in hearing the results. but only within the last 5 years i have been able to afford growing and expanding his tank, with trial and error too boot.. i got his 40g breeder tank with a $1 a gallon deal at a LFS, with a canister filter and it worked great then last year i picked up the 72 gallon tank for $50 yea it was a great deal. Remember, the stand you choose for your aquarium must hold that weight all day, every day. If you got the betta first, he might have just gone on defence mode. If not, check with other pet stores in the area to see if they can help you re-home them. They're hard-working little bottom feeders. Adding only one female may be asking for trouble. Baby angelfish are adorable, and it can be tempting to add a couple to your tank. If the water is slightly green, then algae may be blooming in the water. I was thinking about adding a cory catfish to catch the food going to the bottom of the tank. Luckily most of the process is automated and all you will need is a water testing kit and some ammonia supplements. Is that bad idea for such a small tank? Eric Dockett (author) from USA on March 14, 2017: @Fishnewbie: Your tank might be a little tight, but especially with the live plants I think you're okay. Turn the light on when you arrive for your shift and off when you leave. It's not ideal but it will be okay. Are there any other fish in the tank? The pletco is doing amazing and the teteras just at in the corner actting stressed out. Your tank is overstocked and you have a couple of inappropriate fish in there. When considering what is available on the market, 10 gallon tanks are rather small. Here are some important pieces of equipment you will need: A filter is arguably the most important addition to a fish tank as it keeps the water clean and healthy. I'd think you'd want to avoid even smaller pleco species because of the plants. I’m sorry if this is a really stupid question! However, if you intend to have a neon-only tank you can go up to 10 or so in a 10-gallon aquarium. The following fish are good choices for your 10-gallon aquarium. Fish Keeping World is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and any other affiliated sites. You research the fish you are interested in, and learn as much about them as you can. Otherwise, they will get along with anything that will not eat them. One of the most enjoyable things about starting a new aquarium is designing your new setup. Be sure to include hiding spots and plenty of decorations in your tank in case one becomes dominant. Do your own research and learn what's best for your aquarium. They are active fish and they need swimming space. Thanks for this article. :-) You can make it a game to "find the cories" in your tank to make it more interesting for your son. This is the ideal 10 gallon tank to add your own equipment too, perfect for both beginners and experts alike. I am getting an upgrade to around a 15 gallon. It doesnât get posted with much packaging or protection. Everyone is happy. Eric Dockett (author) from USA on September 03, 2020: @Rebecca - A 10-gallon tank is fine for a single goldfish in the short term. Eric Dockett (author) from USA on October 08, 2018: @Landon - You should have cycled the tank before adding fish. Pharaoh Hound [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], from Wikimedia Commons. In some cases, such as if you have corals in your tank, you may need to mix the salt to seawater concentration which is 35 g/L. Fish can't do the job all on their own. That said, I do not think a 10-gallon tank is the right environment for keeping Betta with other fish. You can always float the betta in the tank while you're adding the new roomies as well, and maybe even re-arrange the tank some so that established territories are no longer a thing for the betta to fight over. However they get there, these five fish often end up on the short end of the stick. There are a few different species. Do they eventually relax? Yes, they are semi-aggressive. Give them some guppy grass, a nicely planted tank or silk plants, little things to go through and explore. When you say cycle the tank,do you mean let it run for 24 hours? Like bettas they are anabantids, and they are very colorful. There is less of a variety in heater design compared to filters; they all tend to work in the same way, setting temperature by turning a dial.eval(ez_write_tag([[250,250],'fishkeepingworld_com-leader-2','ezslot_13',119,'0','0']));eval(ez_write_tag([[250,250],'fishkeepingworld_com-leader-2','ezslot_14',119,'0','1'])); The only thing to look out for is the size of the heater; the larger the tank, the larger the heater. If nobody is willing to do that for the weekend again it's not ideal, but it is what it is. As always when setting up an aquarium, you should already have decided which fish and plants you are going to add to it before you set it up.eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'fishkeepingworld_com-netboard-2','ezslot_25',120,'0','0'])); This is important because different fish and plants will prefer different light intensities. They'll make some impact on the algae, but you're still going to have to do most of the work yourself to keep it clean. I'm thinking of stocking my 10 gallon tank with 5-6 ember tetras, 2-3 Cory cats, and 1 dwarf gournami. Bigger tanks are more stable and can survive beginner mistakes more easily. Any equipment you use for the water change (e.g. You can put a pinch in a cup on Friday and maybe somebody will toss it in sometime over the weekend. By Dale [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. The first thing to add to your aquarium is the gravel, but it needs to be thoroughly cleaned first. Remove the bag without introducing any of its water to your tank as it might contain pollutants or diseases. It takes a little work on your part, but there really is no better way. Eric Dockett (author) from USA on April 22, 2017: Hi Josh. This is harmful to fish if you donât have enough bacteria in the tank to break it down. Hi there. Fancy Guppies are colorful, active fish that can really liven up your tank. Will they get along? I put in various chemicals. Unfortunately, with a tank this small, there is also the possibility of making some serious mistakes. Hey, I have 7 guppies in my 10 gallon tank and they have been doing great for a couple weeks now. I had some live over ten years and it was pretty awesome. but the canister filter didnt like the 72g and kept flooding so with some quick research i came up with the 'fuge. Our tank was ready.. water tested great so we got a few fish yesterday... 2 cories and 3 guppies to start and I think we may stick with a school of guppies and a school of cories, although I still love the idea of a couple barbs too. However, it is extremely important that you understand the real weight of an aquarium before making this decision. I was in a very similar situation once in a place I worked. The Guppy fish needs no introduction, if you are into the aquarium and fish business, this name shouldnât come as a surprise, very attractive, the Guppy Fish like the Platy Fish is easy to care for. 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