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07-06-2012, 06:52 PM #1
Need help with first tank.
Hi, in a week or so, I am having a 10 Gallon freshwater tank being shipped to my house as a first aquarium that is for me, and not my parents. Although since I am very, VERY, new to taking care of fish, I have no idea if my aquarium is compatible or not. I plan on getting about 5 Neon or Glowlight Tetras (Torn between the two at the moment), 2 snails, maybe 2 ghost shrimp, and possibly even a Betta. I'd think it would not be territorial if it's being rescued out of a not even a quart sized cup. But I have some issues. Would the shrimp snap at my tetras or even the Betta's fins? All I know about them really is they're bottom feeders and need sinking pellets.
Another thing is overstocking, I would not easily have room to take care of baby fish, snails, or shrimp. Is there anything at all I can do to avoid that? No petstores nearby let you sell them fish.
07-06-2012, 07:08 PM #2
Read up on cycling your tank before you get ANY fish. There is a sticky in the beginner freshwater forum. If you don't, all your fish will die and you won't know why.
Now that I have scared you, here's the good news.
You can (and should) get a minimum school of 6-8 neons or glowlights. I think neons stay smaller so it's the best bet with a small tank. A betta will LIKELY be fine with the tetras, it depends on the betta's presonality. Keep an eye on him. Your tetras will very likely not breed. They are egg layers. If you do hatch fry, the betta will eat them all, so no problems.
Never kept shrimp but I am certain they will be fine with those fish. You may actually get the betta eating the shrimp. The shrimp will probably breed.
Snails are fine as long as you remember to feed them every once and a while..they probably won't be able to survive off algae in a new tank.20 gallon with a male betta, neons, glowlights, and red cherry shrimp. (work in progess) Recently added a few LIVE plants and driftwood, Woooohoooo!
07-06-2012, 07:48 PM #3
So I can get the glowlights in a bigger group, and still get the other fish? Cool. Thanks for the quick reply, probably should link the equipment that I am getting, so here it goes:
Some reason that accidentally was posted in another thread, and I cannot remove it. The edit button abandoned me.First Time Fishkeeper
07-06-2012, 08:00 PM #4
Get glow light tetras. Neons are out of the question due to their shy nature and nippy nature. Unfortunately neons could nip the betta to death. I think 8 glow lights and one betta is the way to go. Keep in mind not all bettas are community fish I think you will be fine just have a backup plan just incase. BTW the ghost shrimp will be eaten. I would get 2 nerite snails nothing will breed in that tank. Also do the fishless cycle it is quicker and easier on the fish.10 Gallon Nano Tank
07-06-2012, 08:07 PM #5
Would it be possible to get the shrimp still, but maybe not a Betta? Something about me wants me to get that shrimp... Oh and someone pointed out that gravel was for saltwater, what about 2 bags of this? http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=3956161
Last edited by Kackle526; 07-06-2012 at 08:10 PM.First Time Fishkeeper
07-06-2012, 08:14 PM #6
Get Black aquarium gravel if you want a betta you could get amano shrimp with glowlights. But if you do not want a betta you could do 12 Glow lights and some cherry shrimp. Are you planting this tank?10 Gallon Nano Tank
07-06-2012, 08:18 PM #7
07-06-2012, 08:30 PM #8
0Originally Posted by Lady Hobbs
And woohoo shrimp!First Time Fishkeeper
07-06-2012, 08:37 PM #9
0Originally Posted by es31710
Also they can hide behind that volcano ornament I linked, and 2 mini things I have.First Time Fishkeeper
07-06-2012, 08:45 PM #10
Ok and I would do either one big school of glow lights or neons. I think it would look a lot better. I would start out with 6 ghost shrimp. That is a good plant. Check out Java Fern, and Cryptocornes.10 Gallon Nano Tank