View Full Version : non schooling tetras?

02-05-2006, 9:00 PM
Are there any small (under two inches) non-schooling (as in can be by themselves or with one or two others) tetras that could fit comfortably in a ten gallon tank? With:

1 male betta
3 khuli loaches
3 guppies
2 otos

02-05-2006, 9:04 PM
In my opinion, your tank is already pretty full.

What kind of filtration?

02-05-2006, 9:31 PM
Um I have the waterfall filtration

Roan Art
02-05-2006, 10:05 PM
Regardless of filteration, your tank is pretty full. You fish need room to swim, too. If you have to get another fish, get another oto. They need to be in groups of three or more.

All tetras are schooling fish, to answer your question.


02-06-2006, 3:47 PM
Yeah you are pretty full up. Espeacially after your guppies start breeding.

02-06-2006, 4:08 PM
Um sry, I have two guppies, both male, so there won't be any breeding in the tank (I DO know about the male and female ratio at least -_-)

02-06-2006, 4:11 PM
You fish need room to swim, too

three of the fish are khuli loaches which bury themselves in the plants (I have about 7-8 fake plants) the betta stays at the surface, and the two guppies stick to the back, and the otos stick to the glass, so the entire middle part of the tank doesn't have anything swimming in it? I was thinking two small black skirt tetras to fill in the space to complete the tank, and it doesn't look crowded at all, almost totally bare. And there are enough hiding places for each of the eight fish to hide with no one seeing them at any time

Roan Art
02-06-2006, 4:42 PM
Kuhliis are very active at night and they swim all over the place when the lights are out.

I find it strange that the betta stays at the surface. None of mine ever did, they usually swim all over. Is there a problem between the guppies and the betta?

Tetras are schooling fish, you really need at least six of them. Why not get some more guppies if you have to have more fish?


02-06-2006, 7:39 PM
how about five neons? They are small, would have a group, and fill the empty space. . .then I wouldn't be able to add any more fish. . .

02-06-2006, 7:57 PM
You do not have room for more fish. Not only because there is not physically enough room, but because a filter won't be able to handle all of that organic waste (ammonia). You'd be needing to do water changes every couople of days.

02-06-2006, 8:01 PM
I already do water changes practically every other day to keep the tank as good looking as it does now

02-06-2006, 8:03 PM
It seems that you are not open to advice...so I'm not sure why you asked.

Your tank is already stocked to the limit.

Also, I suspect you may have some problems already if it takes such constant water changes to simply maintain it.

02-06-2006, 8:06 PM
I DON"T HAVE ANY PROBLEMS with it, my water parameters are perfect, I just happen to have the time on my hands to clean it two to three times a week. Don't have to jump all over me you know :rant:

02-06-2006, 8:08 PM
what about three neons?

02-06-2006, 8:10 PM
I'm not jumping on you. We are telling you you are stocked full...asking it in different ways doesn't change that.

I'm sorry you're feeling attacked, but we're trying to look out for the fish.

And no, neons are schooling fish, among the ones with the strongest desire to school. You'd need at least 6 or so.

02-06-2006, 8:13 PM
well that is why I posted five originally o_0

fine no more fish then

I know I am just SO not open to advice. . .that is why I am heeding it. . .hmm -_-