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Old 10-19-2017, 02:03 AM   #1
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Hi! Aqadvisor says...

...that I could stock my 10gal tank with 6 Black Skirt Tetras and 6 Rosy Red Minnows for a 130% stocking level. This is my first serious tank and I'm fairly set on the minnows as I used to catch them as a kid. But the tetras look so nice. Is this too much for a 10 gal? "I would just need to change 50% of the water every week - no problem," is what's going through my mind. How far off is 130%? (30%, duh!).

I'm really happy I found this forum, as I'm cycling my tank now (the Ace-Hardware-way) before I get started. I spent the last few years learning to maintain my dad's pool, so I get the water chemistry thing.
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I had black skirts and they are pretty active and nippy. Stress with overcrowding and I suspect youíll be down to 2-3 black skirts quickly.
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You could probably keep the listed fish alive in a 10 gal. Tank with intense, diligent water maintenence, but they won't flourish. 10 gal. Would provide very cramped conditions, increasing the chances for disease. Might consider a smaller population, or obtaining a craigslist, or Petco dollar a gallon sale, larger tank.
Note: I tend to my wife's swimming pool. Not fun.
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Old 10-19-2017, 01:51 PM   #4
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I would just stick with the minnows and skip the tetras as they will really overcrowd your tank.

If you want many fish a 10g is not really great, but if you do nano fish you could get a few more.
Suggest you research the nano fish species. The minnows would probably appreciate more swimming room as well.
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I've never even heard of nanofish. Yeah, I thought twice when I took a second look at the 10 gallon tank.
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Old 10-19-2017, 02:49 PM   #6
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Here's a link to a thread by Ashenwelt, a member here also in addition to FishLore, on 5 gallon stocking.
Most of the fish mentioned are nano fish and would be ideal for a 10g.

https://www.fishlore.com/aquariumfis...hreads/272334/

Stocking List For 5 Gallon Nano Aquariums
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Also do your internet research and visit msjinkzd.com, the sites author has written a book and has a youtube channel on nano fish.

http://msjinkzd.com/
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10g is way to small for rosy reds either. They can get surprisingly big and are pretty active
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Yeah, the aquarium wiki is telling me 3-4" in size fully grown. That's just awesome. Just found Jonah's Aquarium - I believe it could be the least killifish I used to catch as a kid. They seemed larger then.
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Yeah, the aquarium wiki is telling me 3-4" in size fully grown. That's just awesome. Just found Jonah's Aquarium - I believe it could be the least killifish I used to catch as a kid. They seemed larger then.
Could keep a nice colony of those in a 10. Definetly on my future project list.
I'm gonna do n-class endlers in a 20Long.
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