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Old 09-19-2011, 12:48 PM   #1
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Newbie Seeking Advice About New Fish Family

My fiancÚ and I just got our first pets together--6 sweet little fish. As we have never owned fish before, any advice would be helpful!

We have a 10-gallon starter aquarium, but love our fish so much, we hope to expand before long.

Our fish community we put together, mostly by guesses. So far they get along, so hopefully we made the right choice. I would love to know if they ARE compatible, and what other kinds of fish go well with them for when we do get a larger tank one day.

We have 3 glofish (Strawberry, Cheesehead, and Cheeto),

A kissing gouramis (Bubbles),

A 3-spot gouramis (Domino),

And a corydora (Scuttle).

Tank setup, we have a hood with light, a filtration system, gravel, a small rock cave, and artificial plants.

They eat tropical fish flakes. I read that Corydoras need a sinking pellet, so I'm going to go buy it some kind of food today. Any suggestions?
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Old 09-19-2011, 03:39 PM   #2
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Hi and welcome to AA. I am somewhat new to FW fishkeeping myself, but it seems you may have been misinformed about what kind of fish you could safely put in a 10 gallon aquarium. Specifically, gouramis need HUGE aquariums, like 75 or more gallons, as I understand it. And have you cycled the tank? Very important. Research is important, and you can do a great deal of it on this site. And ask questions, galore. Everyone here is friendly, and willing to share their experience and wisdom. Have a great time with your new hobby.
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Hi and welcome to AA. I am somewhat new to FW fishkeeping myself, but it seems you may have been misinformed about what kind of fish you could safely put in a 10 gallon aquarium. Specifically, gouramis need HUGE aquariums, like 75 or more gallons, as I understand it. And have you cycled the tank? Very important. Research is important, and you can do a great deal of it on this site. And ask questions, galore. Everyone here is friendly, and willing to share their experience and wisdom. Have a great time with your new hobby.
Thank you starquest. I'll look into upgrading my tank very soon!
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The kissing gourami needs a way bigger tank. I know they get at least 6 inches. Corys should ideally be kept in groups of at least 4. And you need to read up on cycling the tank or you are more than likely to have some fish deaths.

I think you'd enjoy upgrading in size because you're really limited with a 10 gallon. 10 gallons aren't very good starter aquariums
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Google "fish in cycling an aquarium " and "the nitrogen cycle in an aquarium"
Either that or someone should be by with a link
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Old 09-19-2011, 04:54 PM   #7
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The kissing gourami needs a way bigger tank. I know they get at least 6 inches. Corys should ideally be kept in groups of at least 4. And you need to read up on cycling the tank or you are more than likely to have some fish deaths.

I think you'd enjoy upgrading in size because you're really limited with a 10 gallon. 10 gallons aren't very good starter aquariums
Thanks for the advice. I do hope to get a larger tank soon! I did cycle the tank before adding fish. I read about how to do that, but I'm clueless when it comes to fish. I think I will rehome my kissing gouramis. Thanks so much for the tips!
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Welcome to AA! Do you have any pictures?
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Oh you did cycle it!
How did you cycle it?
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Oh you did cycle it!
How did you cycle it?
Well, being as though I had never had fish before and had no older stuff to cycle with, I found a website that talked about introducing drops of actual ammonia into the tank and decreasing it until my levels regulated.
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