Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Contra Costa CA
Research the optimum water parameters for each species of fish, and the shrimp you want. Are they compatible? GH, KH, pH, temperature, other.
Most fish that are large enough to eat shrimp WILL eat shrimp.
Threadfin Rainbows- often just fine with shrimp, too shy to get along with many other fish. A colony of Threadfins and Shrimp is a good mix in a 10.
Guppies- OK, do you have males, females or a mix? If you can keep the shrimp you want in the water Guppies like, go for it. Not saying they won't eat the shrimp, so have it well planted.
Female Betta maybe Male?- Forget the cocktail sauce! The shrimp won't last long enough to need it. F Bettas can get along, perhaps 3 in a 10 gallon, but this is not a shrimp tank. One M Betta, with some other fish can be OK. Watch it. Some males are OK in a community set up, others do not get along. I have Endlers, some dwarf Rasboras, and Panda Cories, with my Betta, and he does not even eat the fry.
Balloon Mollies (I know poopy, but I love them)- NO. Do not support the breeding of such distorted, unhealthy fish. Regular Mollies can be somewhat pushy, and do not work in a 10. I had one female claim all of a 45 gallon tank. The other Mollies went and hid near the bottom.
Platy (Blue Micky Mouse)- You could keep 3 Platies in a 10, but no shrimp, and have a plan for the babies (if you have F Platies)
Sparkling Gourami- Can work in a small community. Do some more research. Might work with the Threadfins.
Highfin Moons- different color of Platy? Same comments.