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Old 12-24-2012, 08:23 AM   #11
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Yeah males would be good but females help keep aggression down.

1:1 is fine if you are only getting 2 fish of each species. So 1 male and 1 female of each type, but any more than that you need to keep more females in the group.
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Old 12-24-2012, 11:28 AM   #12
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Firstly, you are absolutely right that a tank needs to be cycled before adding any fish. A week to 2 weeks is best to let bacteria build in the filter media. To do this, you don't need to do anything fancy, just let it run with the heater and filter and lighting on. It's called a fishless cycle. As you are new to the hobby, I would suggest easy community fish, such as neon tetras, and you could probably stretch to guppies and mollys. The latter two are live bearers, so they breed and give birth in the tank. I recommend 1:1 ratio male to female, so 2 guppies and 2 mollys.
1. A tank doesn't cycle without an ammonia source. Just letting the tank run will do nothing.
2. I disagree with the neons, a group of 6 would not work in a 10 gallon tank. Also mollys would not work in a 10. The correct ratio for male to female is always 1m:2f.

To the OP- please read the following articles, they aren't too long and will provide tons of info

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Old 12-24-2012, 12:31 PM   #13
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1. A tank doesn't cycle without an ammonia source. Just letting the tank run will do nothing.
2. I disagree with the neons, a group of 6 would not work in a 10 gallon tank. Also mollys would not work in a 10. The correct ratio for male to female is always 1m:2f.

To the OP- please read the following articles, they aren't too long and will provide tons of info

http://www.aquariumadvice.com/the-al...ing/Page1.html

http://www.aquariumadvice.com/guide-...ium/Page1.html

http://www.aquariumadvice.com/import...by-/Page1.html
Yes, that's why you use filter start which I failed to mention.

10 galon is fine for 6 neons. No credible reason why not.

You wouldn't have much room for anything else so choose wisely. A shoaling species will mean you won't have room for much else.

And 1:1 is fine for livebearers but anything more than 2 fish per species, go with a 1:2 M:F ratio.
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Old 12-24-2012, 12:35 PM   #14
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Yes, that's why you use filter start which I failed to mention.

10 galon is fine for 6 neons, disagree on that!
filter start still will not complete a cycle, its not ammonia. i disapprove of the use of bacteria in a bottle anywaybecause ive seen it do more harm than good. take a look at the articles i posted for the OP, full of information on cycling a tank.
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filter start still will not complete a cycle, its not ammonia. i disapprove of the use of bacteria in a bottle anywaybecause ive seen it do more harm than good. take a look at the articles i posted for the OP, full of information on cycling a tank.
The best way is to get existing media from your local fish store or from a friend. Cut a bit and put it alongside your new media in your filter
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The best way is to get existing media from your local fish store or from a friend. Cut a bit and put it alongside your new media in your filter
yes thats listed in the articles i recommended to you. it helps but is not required. you would still need an ammonia source to keep the bacteria alive. once again, see above articles,they really give good insight into the process.
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If you are getting livebearers, do a 1:2 ratio. Males will constantly bother a single female and the female will become ill or die of stress. Two males is fine. But a female and a male will have a very high chance of a dead or very sick female.
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Gotta be careful with all males, though. Sometimes they get territorial :/ I would definitely go with 1:2, even if you're not breeding. You can always sell the fry or let em get eaten.
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1. A tank doesn't cycle without an ammonia source. Just letting the tank run will do nothing.
2. I disagree with the neons, a group of 6 would not work in a 10 gallon tank. Also mollys would not work in a 10. The correct ratio for male to female is always 1m:2f.

To the OP- please read the following articles, they aren't too long and will provide tons of info

http://www.aquariumadvice.com/the-al...ing/Page1.html

http://www.aquariumadvice.com/guide-...ium/Page1.html

http://www.aquariumadvice.com/import...by-/Page1.html
Its a good idea to read these,its great you are getting advice but it can.get very confusing with your 1st tank,it certainly was for me.
10 gallon is limited as i found myself but small fish are the way to go,and a lot of them are shoalers,there are nano tetras ive seen mentioned on here,embers amd chilli rasbora i think,endlers livebearers are nice little colourful fish,only get males and maybe some pygmy corydoras catfish,corydoras catfish are a delight,they are active and so cute,they are my favourite catfish.
I had tetras in my 10 gallon in.early days i didn't know.any better they did ok but they weren't really happy.as i had 4 and they hid a lot so i do think they need plenty of space to swim about in a decent size shoal.
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