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Thread: The new guy

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    Question The new guy

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    I'm new at this. I'm trying my best to memorize the names of plants, substrate, rocks, treatments, etc.

    I've read a lot, spoken to a bunch of "experts", but I honestly believe that the internet community would have more to offer. That's why I signed up here.

    I have a 10 gallon aquarium, heater and filter. This is your standard beginners bundle. I have the option of using regular lights or halogen lights.

    I have black lava rocks at the bottom, a variety of rocks, and I just purchased driftwood and attached plants (one is called crypt parva but I forget the name of the other) to it with fish wire. I've added the recommended amount of plant fertilizer and I plan on leaving the tank for a week before adding any more plants or fish.

    I have a general idea of what I would like to accomplish in this tank, but I want to know what you have to say, be it advice, warnings or "please stop before you murder the fish".

    I like the idea of color and variety in the tank. For that reason, I would like to see if I could do the following organisms in this tank:

    - Snails of some sort.
    - red cherry shrimp
    - Neon tetras
    - Ottos
    - My docile beta (it has a 1.5 gallon and seems happy, so I'm ok if this just wouldn't work)

    How many of each could I do? One pro I spoke to told me I could do 3-5 rcs, 5 neon tetras, 2 ottos and 2 snails.

    My other question is the order in which I should introduce the fish to their new habitat.

    Are there any that I can use to cycle the tank and still survive?

    I appreciate any advice you can give me.

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    The top two stickies on cycling in the cycling forum here: are going to be very useful to you in setting up your 10.

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    Please note that I have a picture of my aquarium as my profile picture for viewing if that helps.

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    Welcome! and good for you to do research prior to purchasing the fish.
    You've saved yourself some headache there.

    10gal tanks are rough to stock due to their size.

    but question:
    with your beta tank right now. does it have a heater/filter?

    If not-then lets use the 10gallon for the beta and stock around that fella.
    Because the beta is a tropical fish and needs that. (and pending what others say, I personally think they need way way more than 1.5gallons)-like 10gallons at the minimum.

    2nd: read up on cycling your 10gal-doing the fishLESS cycle-it'll go quicker and won't stress out your fish.

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    Personally, I think you are getting ahead of yourself species-wise.

    Ideally, a betta and:

    At least 6 neons and shrimp OR
    At least 6 neons and snails

    Unless it is one snail that won't breed, then maybe neons and shrimp and a snail

    Both shrimp and (most)snails will multiply.

    I don't recommend ottos...they need a lot of fresh algae and can be tough for a beginner.

    If your betta doesn't have a heater, get him one asap. :)
    20 gallon with a male betta, neons, glowlights, and red cherry shrimp. (work in progess) Recently added a few LIVE plants and driftwood, Woooohoooo!

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    I agree with Mizzou, I think bettas should have at least 5g.

    Ideally, a betta and:

    At least 6 neons and shrimp OR
    At least 6 neons and snails
    This is a good suggestion, although you have to be very careful when keeping bettas with other fish -- and not just because of the betta's temperament. I had a very docile betta and I tried to house him with neons. My school of neons shredded his tail. Those long, colourful fins are extremely tempting to many fish.

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    Thank you for your replies!

    I like the idea of my betta (he's a tiny lil guy, curious but doesn't seem aggressive), 6 neon tetras and some cherry shrimp. Lots of color and they'd all stand out nicely with the black gravel and lots of green I plan on putting in. I'll make sure there is enough cover in the form of plants for my beta to hide if he's not a fan of the tetras or vice versa.

    I only have one more question - with my five plants already in the tank, can I still do a fast cycle with ammonia?

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