Aside from the tranquilizing beauty of fish tanks, having one at home is actually really fun. If you’re looking for something to invest your time with getting a fish tank should be one of your options. If you are contemplating in allotting your time in the hobby of Fishkeeping, it’s just about right to first think about getting an ideal 10-gallon tank, as they will fit the budget, won’t take up too much space, and is easy to bring home. Fish tanks are actually really popular during the Holidays, and is also really convenient for people who are looking for fun but educational gifts to give you.
But what sort of fish should you fill the tank with? According to a veteran in the Fishkeeping hobby, there are 8 species that will make the best inhabitants of your 10-gallon tank.
1. Dwarf Corydoras
A couple of Dwarf Corydoras species are perfect for 10-gallon tank. We have the Corydoras habrosus, little creatures that will be a joy for you to watch, only gets about 1½ in length, and like other Corydoras, they are schooling fish, so remember to keep them in a group of not less than six. Then, we have the Corydoras Hastatus, which is even smaller, barely reaching an inch long when completely grown, and if kept with larger fish, this kind of Corydoras will keep out of your sight and will stay hidden in plants, but keep them with their size, and they will flutter all over your tank like the tiny little creatures they are. Finally, we have the Corydoras pygmaeus which is much similar to Corydoras hastatus, though, is known to be less traded.
2. Neons, Cardinals, and Glowlights
These three fish are guaranteed eye catchers. They look even better in dark tanks that resemble the black water streams of their natural home. Neon tetras are relatively inactive animals, unlike other similarly sized species. Neons are likely to stick around under a bushy plant, while waiting for food to come drifting down, which makes them a good choice for your 10-gallon tank. Cardinal tetras are much alike to Neons in shape, color and basic care. Although, the Cardinals are slightly bigger and prefer a bit warmer water than Neons. Then, Glowlight tetras are even larger than the Cardinals, they are transparent with a lovely copper-colored line running along their midline from the nose to the tail.
3. Sparkling Gouramis
A true known beauty with its brilliant blue spangles on a pinkish-brown body, the Sparkling Gourami merely 1½ inches in length, is a jewel living up to its name. They are most comfortable in thickly planted tank, especially if there’s a lot of places to hide. Sparkling Gouramis are most definitely not territorial, in fact, they are quite shy, but if kept in a more peaceful aquarium far away from any aggressive fish, they can also be outgoing in their own way, swimming at all levels in the tank but mostly up-close the top. The purring and croaking sounds they make when in groups, is something you’ve got to hear.
4. Kuhli Loaches
Kuhli Loaches is not the most commonly seen species of Pangio, but because they hardly swim at all, they have become ideal inside a small tank. They usually just hang around at the bottom of the aquarium looking for a bit of food. Unlike other Loaches, Kuhli Loaches are peaceful and they need the company of their own kind, which is why it is recommended to keep them in a group of four or more. Kuhli Loaches are a worm-like fish that is 3 to 4 inches long, with a pinkish orange body ringed with thick chocolate brown bands. They naturally live at the bottom of the streams in the leaf litter, where their color helps them hide from predators, and if that doesn’t work they are also armed with sharp erectile spines in front of their eyes.
5. Dwarf Lamprologus
Dwarf Lamprologus are pinkish-brown with electric-blue markings on the face and flanks, males are merely 1½ inches long when fully grown, and females are even smaller. These kind of fish are ideal for beginners in the Fishkeeping hobby. A 10-gallon tank can easily house a set of these fish, however, it is advisable to provide them with a variety of shells, preferably a clean apple-snail shell for their own home.
New aquarists are often advised to avoid the Pencilfish, because although they are calm and beautiful, they are in fact very sensitive to water chemistry. The Golden Pencilfish is a small and slim fish, they can get about to 2 inches long. Usually, it’s golden green with some blue-black bands running from nose to tail and red markings on the anal and tail fins. They need to be kept in groups of not less than six. The males can be territorial though, but no harm is ever done, they only move around slowly, which makes them perfect in planted aquariums. The Golden Pencilfish can adapt to hard, alkaline water and to any food, unlike most other Pencilfish.
7. Least Killifish
Least Killifish are one of the smallest fish known to man, they are not difficult to keep which makes them ideal. Both males and females are similar in looks, semi-transparent silvery green with a dark band running from behind the eye to the base of the tail. Males are only less than an inch long, and females are about 1½ inches. They are more comfortable in a thick planted tank, and as a subtropical fish, they don’t need a great deal of warmth. Despite the name, the Least Killifish is not a Killifish at all, but a Livebearer.
8. Celestichthys Margaritatus
Celestichthys Margaritatus are very easy to breed and is now widely traded. Despite only being discovered in 2006 in Burma, since then among the fish keepers around the world it became a hit. C. Margaritatus are blue-green in color and are covered with tiny cream-colored dots, their fins are striped in red and black, males are also brighter than females. They need to be kept in groups in a well planted tank. They can also be very shy.
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