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June 20, 2019 / By Murty
Question: i have a ten gallon tank and im getting rid of my two danios, i would like to add something unusual to my tank. i love eels and knife fish but im not sure what kind. i would like something interesting, the tank is gonna stay freshwater so im limited with the eels. i would like something thats not tiny, something that will use the space in my tank, but not too big. pics would help, thanks for the help. dont worry about the danios, they r being donated to a school. it doesnt even have to be a fish, maybe even newts or somethin like that, i just want something to make my tank stand out.
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Kennith Kennith | 8 days ago
Kuhli Loahes, as mentioned, would be a good eel replacememt, thought they don't get very large. Most fish that would "use the space" in your tank and are interesting will soon outgrow your tank. Instead, consider a group of smaller fish with SPECTACULAR colors-- Killifish! There are numerous species with brilliant patterns, though they can be difficult to locate. Privately owned fish stores should be able to special order them for you, though. Other than that, Peacock and Goo Obo Gudgeons are both very similar to Killifish, but should be a bit easier to find, and often at a more reasonable price. This site has an exstensive listing of Killifish: http://www.aka.org/aka/modules/content/?... Peacock Gudgeon: http://www.aquahobby.com/gallery/e_Tateu... EDIT: Oscars, at more than a foot, are, for many reasons, inappropriate for a 10 gallon tank. Also, they are not natural piscivores-- such a diet often leads to parasites. Fidler crabs require brackish water, not fresh water. If you want an interesting invert, look into Red Cherry Shrimp. They are BRIGHT red, and they are fascinating to watch as they crawl over decor and plants. Most newt grow too large, produce too much waste, need to get out of the water, or are predatory, so they wouldn't work well in such a small tank, especially with fish. EDIT 2: Green Spot Puffers ARE brackish, Dwarf Puffers are NOT brackish. If you wanna stick with freshwater, go for the Dwarves (4-6 max). Beware though, they are notorious for attacking other fish, regardless of size.
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Kennith Originally Answered: unusual fish for a ten gallon tank?
Kuhli Loahes, as mentioned, would be a good eel replacememt, thought they don't get very large. Most fish that would "use the space" in your tank and are interesting will soon outgrow your tank. Instead, consider a group of smaller fish with SPECTACULAR colors-- Killifish! There are numerous species with brilliant patterns, though they can be difficult to locate. Privately owned fish stores should be able to special order them for you, though. Other than that, Peacock and Goo Obo Gudgeons are both very similar to Killifish, but should be a bit easier to find, and often at a more reasonable price. This site has an exstensive listing of Killifish: http://www.aka.org/aka/modules/content/?... Peacock Gudgeon: http://www.aquahobby.com/gallery/e_Tateu... EDIT: Oscars, at more than a foot, are, for many reasons, inappropriate for a 10 gallon tank. Also, they are not natural piscivores-- such a diet often leads to parasites. Fidler crabs require brackish water, not fresh water. If you want an interesting invert, look into Red Cherry Shrimp. They are BRIGHT red, and they are fascinating to watch as they crawl over decor and plants. Most newt grow too large, produce too much waste, need to get out of the water, or are predatory, so they wouldn't work well in such a small tank, especially with fish. EDIT 2: Green Spot Puffers ARE brackish, Dwarf Puffers are NOT brackish. If you wanna stick with freshwater, go for the Dwarves (4-6 max). Beware though, they are notorious for attacking other fish, regardless of size.

Holden Holden
Fin rot, due to poor water quality. Get medication for it (not Melafix, that's lethal to Bettas). Biggest issue here is lack of heat. Room temperature is not enough. If it is fluctuating as much as 5 degrees, that is very stressful, and 70 degrees would be down-right frigid for Bettas. Get a heater immediately, but check the water temperature with an aquarium thermometer. Set the heater (make sure it is adjustable) to one degree higher than the current temperature. Turn it up one degree per day until it is about 80 degrees. Next problem: You did not cycle the tank, just threw them in it. UG filters suck, just so you know. Get a real filter for your 10 gallon. Right now, buy a liquid test kit (dip strips are worthless), and test your water daily. When ammonia and/or nitrites begin to rise too much, use a gravel vacuum to siphon out 20-25% of the water, and replace with fresh, room-temperature water to which you have added the appropriate amount of water conditioner. You will also need to do this with the 10 gallon until it has cycled. To make a 10 gallon work for two Bettas, make sure the divider cannot be easily dislodged, and that it reaches the hood level. Bettas are great jumpers! If it is see-through, plant tall (real or silk, just no plastic) plants along it to block the view. Staring at a rival Betta 24/7 is extremely stressful! In addition to heat and filtration, Bettas need the correct accommodations. Real or silk plants, and places to hide, sleep and explore. Looks don't matter, that is up to your discretion. Just make sure what you choose is aquarium-safe, has no sharp or jagged edges that can snag and tear fins, and is large enough for your Bettas to easily swim in and out of. You cannot have other fish in a divided Betta tank, there is simply not enough room, and this would further stress your Bettas. They prefer to be alone. Please go to a book store or library and get some beginner's aquarium keeping books and Betta care books. You have made grave errors, and will end up killing these fish if you do not learn how to care for them properly! In the future, please slow down and do the necessary research before bringing some creature home that you don't know how to care for. Good luck!
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Elweard Elweard
There's all sorts of fun stuff you can get! How about some blue-eyes or killies. Blue-eyes are a type of rainbow fish that generally stay under 2" and are gorgeous! Or pencilfish. You could also do some wild bettas. There are also some really neat micro-fishes you can get. Celestial pearl danios/galaxy rasboras are beautiful and you could do a school of 10 in that tank. Another great option could be Dario dario. If you want something a little more predatory, look into leaf fish (Monocirrhus polyacanthus).
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Clement Clement
You could get a bunch of kuhli loaches. I know they aren't eels, but they look like eels, and in a group are quite an active and social fish. A 10 gal tank would support 6 or so of them, and would be unusual for sure. Ian
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Amran Amran
keep looking knife fish get big for a ten gallon and not only can the eels grow to a good length they stay on the bottom and burrow in the gravel
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Topaz Topaz
ok 10 gallon tank is too small for eels they need lots of rocks and stuff to get into so that they can hide and get away... uhmmm go to peteducation.com and look up the info on them
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Ruth Ruth
I would suggest a green spotted puffer or a dwarf puffer. They're great fish, and ideal for an otherwise empty, 10 gallon tank. You'll need to make it brackish with the addition of some rock salt though. Don't waste your money on specialized aquarium salt, it exactly the same as rock salt.
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Ruth Originally Answered: Community fish ideas for a ten gallon tank?
You can only fit 1-2 schools of community fish in a 10 gallon, but I'll list some possibilities. --7 male guppies --2 nerite snails (mystery snails will not eat algae, just fyi) ~5 sunset coral DWARF platy ~5 otocinclus --1 DWARF gourami --7 harlequin rasboras --1 nerite snail ~7 neon tetras ~5 PYGMY cory cats --5 male platy fish --handful of amano or cherry shrimp Ok, hopefully you like at least one of those. A 5 gallon is great for a betta. Make sure he has a heater. Acceptable tankmates are snails or shrimp, but no other fish in a 5 gallon. The frogs do best in species only tanks. If you keep them with fish, you have to sit and put their food right in front of them using an eyedropper or turkey baster, as the fish will eat any food before they can get to it. These guys are very interesting and can live 4-5 years, but they're really best left in species tanks like I said. If it sounds like something you're interested in though, make sure you have lots of hiding structures and floating plants for them to hang on to at the surface. You could get up to 7 in a 10 gallon. Don't put anything with the goldfish. White clouds and zebra danios will get swallowed by a full grown goldfish. While the danios are still alive, they'll nip your goldfish's fins like crazy. Snails are snacks. Loaches, catfish, and plecos either require different temperatures or get too big or both. I think I've covered everything...again make sure you get heaters for the 5 and 10, and fishless cycle the 10 first!

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