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Stocking for a 10 gallon?

Hi! I'm planning on taking my empty (Well, it's got water and a couple palm sized rocks but that's it. No gravel as it was a quarantine tank.) 10 gallon tank. I'm going to buy some plants for it. It will be pretty well planted.

So, any ideas for a nice stocking? I was thinking about getting a school or two of tetras. But, anyone got any other ideas?
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Yes, you could do a small school of, for example, 10 or 12 Neon Tetras, or 5-6 Neons, along with 5 or 6 of some other smaller-sized tetras - rummy-noses come to mind, or ember tetras.
You might also consider Boraras Maculatus, or Boraras Brigittae (look them up by googling them) , or a combination of the 2 types, say 6 to 8 of each - or 12 of the one kind.
Others you may consider would be 6 to 8 Celestial Pearl Danios, or a dozen Endlers.
Any of these Species would make a nice display in your planted 10 gal, and are relatively easy to care for.
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With that size tank I would stick to one school, personally.
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So, how does something like five neon tetras, five bloodfin tetras, and five endlers sound? I think I can deal with being a little overstocked. I'm not new at fish keeping. And the tank should be cycled before I get any fish. That should help. And all of the plants I plan on having... If I end up getting too many endlers, I have a turtle that would love a snack every now and then ...
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With that size tank I would stick to one school, personally.
Just out of curiosity, jpappy, why would you stick with just one school ?
Presumably just for looks - i.e. aesthetics, as a personal preference ? - (makes no bio-load difference, nor caring for needs, preferred temp differences of the fish, etc.)
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So, how does something like five neon tetras, five bloodfin tetras, and five endlers sound? I think I can deal with being a little overstocked. I'm not new at fish keeping. And the tank should be cycled before I get any fish. That should help. And all of the plants I plan on having... If I end up getting too many endlers, I have a turtle that would love a snack every now and then ...
I believe that would work fine with suitable wcs.
I'm assuming your turtle would not be kept in the same tank - LOL
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Might have to go without the endlers unless I can find a place to buy some... Maybe I'll ask on here when I'm ready to buy some if anyone's got any...
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Discuspaul: No! My turtle's got a 29 gallon. Man, I'd hate to put fish in with him and then find out one day that all of the money I put into fish was wasted... That's why he's stuck in the 29 gallon and not in the 55 gallon. I've already got fish in there... I have way too much money into those fish to have them be eaten by a turtle..
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honestly, i always understock just to be safe and to have a little wiggle room. with a ten gallon i wouls stick to 1 school at the very most. the general rule of thumb is 1 inch of fully grown fish per gallon.
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Just out of curiosity, jpappy, why would you stick with just one school ?
Presumably just for looks - i.e. aesthetics, as a personal preference ? - (makes no bio-load difference, nor caring for needs, preferred temp differences of the fish, etc.)
Mostly looks. I think a single, larger school of one species is better than two smaller. Plus I too am a more conservative stocker and don't think a 10g is very suitable for two schools with a decent number (assuming a 5-6 fish minimum)...but I don't follow the 1" per gallon rule.
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Neither do I - It's not difficult to effectively offset modest overstocking with appropriate wcs and tank husbandry.
So imo keeping say 6 Neons with 6 Embers is not really pushing the envelope.
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I don't doubt it works...I've seen it work. Just not my style of stocking.

Given the OPs suggested stock, I do think 5 neons-5 bloodfins-5 endlers is pushing it a bit.
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I have to agree... If I followed the inch per gallon thing, I could only have five fish... Doesn't make sense to me. Anyway, keeping ten neon tetras isn't any differnt than keeping five neons and five bloodfin. Both stay the same size.
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And, jpappy, I know where you are coming from. Just because a goldfish can live in a bowl or something similar doesn't mean that we should have them in there. If the fish seem stressed, trust me, I will split them up. I've got three empty 10 gallons. It wouldn't be a problem for me to fill one up and put one of the schools in it.
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Good to hear. I like having back up plans.
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