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Discussion in 'FreshWater General Discussion' started by Christina Petty, Oct 17, 2017.

  1. Christina Petty

    Christina Petty New Fish

    Oct 17, 2017
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    I just recently got my first tank! Its a 10 g with a 100 gph filter on it, a heater, thermometer, 4 live plants, a few fake ones, about an inch of gravel, and 2 medium sized decorations. I cycled it and currently i have:

    2 dwarf gourami
    4 neon tetras
    3 red eye tetras
    4 snails
    And a pleco

    I tested my water and the ph is a 6.5, 0 nitrites/nitrates, gh is a 40, and the temp is right around 79 degrees.

    Am i doing anything wrong? Ive researched online some, just hoping for some tips and guidance! 20171017_184418.jpg

  2. Travis Bickle

    Travis Bickle New Fish

    Oct 18, 2017
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    Hi Christina,
    The Gouramis are 3 spot Gouramis, not Dwarf. They can get to 6". The pleco would be unsuitable for the small tank also, both size wise and bioload wise. I wouldn't panic about it at the moment but in a few weeks I would trade those and get some actual Dwarf Gouramis and I would also trade the red eye Tetras and get 2 more neons. Just keep doing 30% weekly water changes and make sure the water you put in is as warm as the water in the tank and you should be fine.
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  3. SantaMonicaHelp

    SantaMonicaHelp Medium Fish

    Oct 17, 2011
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    How has your tank been doing? It looks pretty in that photo.

  4. Ellis Page

    Ellis Page New Fish

    Nov 5, 2017
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    Unfortunately, I believe your tank is overstocked. A good rule of thumb is 1 gallon per 1 inch of fish.
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