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Old 09-16-2021, 12:48 AM   #1
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What fish should I keep?

I'm setting up a 10 gallon tank, and I want to figure out what fish I want to put in it so I can meet their needs w/ plants and such. Right now, I have my brother's loach (no idea what kind, it's thin and around 2 inches long) from an aquarium he stopped caring about, and I'm thinking about getting a dwarf gourami and a few guppies. The issue is: how do I get a few guppies without ending up with a swarm? And how many should I keep? A trio of females might come with babies, but I've heard that male guppies can get aggressive with each other. Any recommendations?

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Increasing the number of male guppies will spread out aggression rather than 2 of them picking on the 3rd. Or go with females and if you get babies seperate them out and see if a fish store will take them.

A few guppies, a dwarf gourami and the loach sound good for a small tank. The loach might be better in a bigger tank with a few friends, depending on its type. Can you post a photo and see if someone can identify it?
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The loach appears to be a mottled or sand loach (unsure which or if there's even a difference). Also, I don't think I can or should fit more male guppies in the tank, so I might have to go with females or I might need to consider a different fish.
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Can you post a picture of your loach. There are a few species that stay small but most will get quite a bit larger and a 10 gallon will be unsuitable long term. Also most loaches are extremely social and require at least a group of 6; raising a loach by itself will likely result in aggression or aggression like behavior as it gets older.
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