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Stocking suggestion for a 10 gallon

I have a decently planted 10 gallon aquarium that currently holds a bunch of shrimp that I will take out and I'm thinking of putting a pair of something in there. I am not looking for a schooling fish but something small and interesting to watch that will pair but doesn't have to. Just maybe two or three of a particular type of fish. What do y'all think?

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maybe two gourami's, or a betta with another type of fish.

Endlers also look good
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Killifish Most killies will be quite happy in a 10, and most of those don't even need heaters. If you feed the adults live food, they might even successfully breed in tank. Pygmy sunfish and scarlet badises also come to mind.
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I'd say about 5-6 of the best looking Endlers you can find and then 2 Oto's.

Endlers are hard to find in my area. Male guppies are nice.

Bump: Sorry to hijack the thread, but do female bettas get along with guppies?
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I have 2 ottos in there now and my first three thought were killies or dwarf gouramis or a pure white betta. I'm leaning away from the betta because my other tank has a very nice one in it. My temp is just about 78 year round with no heater (hot in az). I wanna stay away from schoolers like guppies and endlers as I have a nice school in my other tank as well. Just want something different for this one. I like scarlet badis but they are tiny and like to hide from what I understand.

Any suggestions on types of smaller non-annual killies for a ten gallon?
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Ok, three posts prior to mine, and three different options. This is to be expected.

I suggest to the OP that they pick what they want to keep, and get that species. Obviously your going to have to choose something that will work with a 10 gal tank, but other than that, pick that one species you always wanted. I would recommend something that is a bit unusual. Something that your not going to easily find at your LFS. Note that unusual does not necessarily mean expensive.

Don't get me wrong. Any of the above suggestions would work well, provided that's what you really want in the tank.
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Ok, three posts prior to mine, and three different options. This is to be expected.

I suggest to the OP that they pick what they want to keep, and get that species. Obviously your going to have to choose something that will work with a 10 gal tank, but other than that, pick that one species you always wanted. I would recommend something that is a bit unusual. Something that your not going to easily find at your LFS. Note that unusual does not necessarily mean expensive.

Don't get me wrong. Any of the above suggestions would work well, provided that's what you really want in the tank.
What I'm doing here is looking for a suggestion I may not have thought of. I know the usual suspects for stocking this but want something different. I have had most of the fishes that I always wanted and am looking for an unusual inspiration. Maybe a pair of something with a cool personality. I guess I'm looking for that random inspirational suggestion. Spending a little more than average within reason is ok such as certain varieties of killi fish but I need to research those better as I found most of the ones I have had to seem like they need more room than a 10.
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If your tank's pH was lower...I'd say licorice gouramis. But those are fish for experts. Apistogramma trio perhaps? Would a tiny snakehead (channa) species be legal in the US?

So many fish to keep, not enough aquaria.
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I'd say about 5-6 of the best looking Endlers you can find and then 2 Oto's.

Endlers are hard to find in my area. Male guppies are nice.

Bump: Sorry to hijack the thread, but do female bettas get along with guppies?
female betta are kept in groups of 5+ so I would say yes in a big enough tank

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If your tank's pH was lower...I'd say licorice gouramis. But those are fish for experts. Apistogramma trio perhaps? Would a tiny snakehead (channa) species be legal in the US?
I don't know for sure but I do think there illegal in u.s. and if not all over jut in some states
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Something small and somewhat different? You have likely not seen these:
Cichlid Profiles

Little "brother" to the common yellow labs but smaller and easy to keep with other fish. I have not had them in a ten but twenty was plenty for them with other fish growing out and they were breeding at the time. Very nice but somewhat hard to find. Nice with plants and very little digging if you lean a rock in a corner , they will use that as their nest site for any spawning.
I don't see them on his list currently but I have got them from this spot before and recommend him.
Dave's Rare Aquarium Fish-Price List
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scarlet badis! 2 girls and 1 boy
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