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six small fish too much for ten gallon?

i already have two platys and this other small red fish with flowings fins (small as the platys though or around) and a pleco (which i plan to move to the 40 gallon once cycled) I wanted to add one or two more of the small red fish with the flowing fins (sorry i can't remember what they're called for the life of me.)

Anyway, would that be too many?
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The names of the fish are going to be given so we can asses the full grown size of the fish. A picture would do too.


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Sepia tetras.
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here is the profile on that particular fish.

Take interest in this particular area.
"It's nippy behaviour can usually be reduced somewhat by purchasing a small shoal of at least 6-8 specimens, preferably more. When kept in these kind of numbers, any squabbling is mostly contained within the group, as they concentrate on the maintenance of their own pecking order. "

http://www.seriouslyfish.com/profile...s=eques&id=466


Do frequent water changes and keep on top of your tank maintenance and you should be fine. the pleco depending on its specie, can get VERY large.


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I have 3 sepia tetras in my community tank. They keep a pecking order between them but never bother anyone else. They included the platy in their group so now the platy gets to play in on the fun.
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Alright well, I went out and got 2 more sepia's and I splurged for 2 japanese algae eating shrimp, which I probably shouldn't have got but I couldn't help it. and I realize plecos can get very large but I plan to switch him on over to my 40G tank when it's finished cycling, actually might just switch all of my fish over and use the 10G for something else. Maybe a heavily planted shrimp tank. I love shrimp they're pretty interesting to watch.
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Alright well, I went out and got 2 more sepia's and I splurged for 2 japanese algae eating shrimp, which I probably shouldn't have got but I couldn't help it. and I realize plecos can get very large but I plan to switch him on over to my 40G tank when it's finished cycling, actually might just switch all of my fish over and use the 10G for something else. Maybe a heavily planted shrimp tank. I love shrimp they're pretty interesting to watch.
That sounds like a good plan. You can then add quite a few more Serpae tetras to get a good size school of them together. Fish like that look better in a larger group anyway


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That sounds like a good plan. You can then add quite a few more Serpae tetras to get a good size school of them together. Fish like that look better in a larger group anyway
Yea, i've been watching the two little ones follow my larger one around the tank. it's cute >_> my two platys stick together more often than not, too. I'll probably get 4 more Serpae tetras and 3 more platys once i switch over and probably a "main attraction" which i have no idea what fish that should be. Plus lots more shrimps.
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Yea, i've been watching the two little ones follow my larger one around the tank. it's cute >_> my two platys stick together more often than not, too. I'll probably get 4 more Serpae tetras and 3 more platys once i switch over and probably a "main attraction" which i have no idea what fish that should be. Plus lots more shrimps.
Well... if you do move to the larger tank with all of these fish and keep the shrimp in the 10, there are several species of Apsitagramma that would work for a "main attraction" Great dwarf chichilids, but they would have your shrimp for lunch lol


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what about electric blue rams?
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what about electric blue rams?
How much experience have you had with Aquariums so far? Rams are a pretty sensitive fish. They are great though. If your new to dwarf chichlids, or aquariums in general I would stick to hardier species such as Apistogramma cacatuoides.


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I'll stick to the hardier fish for now then. This is the second time I've had this ten gallon set up and it's been going excellent for 7 months, the first time was pretty terrible because I didn't know wtf cycling was, lost everything because I bought everything the first day. Now I know a lot more, I keep my water in check with the API liquid test kit and do weekly water changes. The fish are really happy. I just need to get rid of this dang mondo grass...bought it because it was sold as fully aquatic. Looks good in the tank though, the new shrimp like it.
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Uh oh, I'm starting to see some little white spots on one of the little Serpae's...

what do I do?!?! D:
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I don't have a quarantine tank so what can I do to get rid of this ick? (at least that's what it looks like on this fish. I'm kind of paranoid about this because this is what destroyed my tank the first time)
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I read about turning up the heat to 86F, is this safe for my fish? (pleco, japanese algae eating shrimp, serpae tetras and black platys)
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