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How many fish???

So I am getting a 10 gallon and I was wondering how many fish I should have per gallon and the size they should be for a 10 gallon. I will have some Ramshorn snails in the tank also.
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I'd say stick with fish 3" and under at adult size. Number of fish will depend on size of fish.
3" ... maybe 3-5
2" ... maybe 8 or so
1" ... 10-12?

These are off the top of my head. I'm trying to envision those fish in a 10 gallon space. It also depends on how you're going to take care of the tank... and what else is in it.
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Agree, I have 7 neon tetras and 6 otos in a ten and they do great and look good not crowded or looking bare. And just remember goldfish are out of the question if a ten is all you want.
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Very general rule of thumb is an inch of fish per gallon but there are other factors that play in such as filtration. To much of a Bio load without adequate filtration will not make for happy healthy fish...

Id make sure you have good filtration and then school some small tetras or rasboras... maybe two schools of 4-6.
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The inch per gallon idea is not workable. Can anybody picture a ten inch fish in a ten gallon tank? What type and size and what you want to do with the tank will all change the numbers. A single fish may be too many but 25 fry to grow out may do quite well if you sort them out as time goes by and they grow. Tell us more about what you plan and you can get much better answers. There are hundreds of setups which might work but most of it will depend on what YOU like more than what WE like????
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If you keep up with water changes youll be fine..

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PlantedRich - I don't think anyone was suggesting it's ok to put a 10" fish in a 10g tank, which is why (I imagine) JamesBaptista said it's a very general rule of thumb.

That being said, it's a REALLY good thing to point out that that is an important caveat of the "inch per gallon" rule of thumb for beginners.

Also, a well planted tank with good filtration can often hold a few more inches of fish than gallons as long as the maximum adult size of the fish is appropriate size for the tank.

I think 3" adult size is a good max size for a 10g tank, in other words, I think Jemminnifener's guidelines are pretty workable in my experience.

I personally prefer a larger school of smaller fish (10-12 tetras or something similarly sized) in a 10g tank plus a few otos has worked well for me in my planted 10g tanks.


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Sorry, but I can't agree with this as advice. Yes, better filtration and lots of water changes can help a tank successfully carry a higher bioload but it requires care and diligence and the experience to recognize when things are going wrong AND the knowledge of how to fix them. None of which are in ready supply to someone who's just getting into the hobby.
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I'd say stick with fish 3" and under at adult size. Number of fish will depend on size of fish.
3" ... maybe 3-5
2" ... maybe 8 or so
1" ... 10-12?

These are off the top of my head. I'm trying to envision those fish in a 10 gallon space. It also depends on how you're going to take care of the tank... and what else is in it.
I will suggest a slight amendment to the wording of the first sentence.

I'd say stick with fish that will reach a maximum of 3" and under.


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until you get more experienced, use aqadvisor.com as a guide.

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2 ramshorns will become 30 in 6 month.
Aqadvisor says that is over 50% stocked in a 10 gallon tank with an adequate filter.

If you are going to get fish aswell id look for a filter running about 6-7x your tank volume.
and keep to a strict 30-50% water change per week .

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I have seven Pristella Tetras, four Malaysian Trumpet Snails, and some pond snails in my 10 gallon tank, and I worry sometimes that I have too many Pristellas. I think it's a good idea to understock rather than filling the tank's quota. Sometimes less is more.
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2 ramshorns will become 30,000,000 in 6 month.
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