Fish you ignorantly put in a 10 gallon

midasman714

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Oct 22, 2007
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My first fish tank was a ten gallon as a teenager. My sister in law's Dad had some beautiful yellow and gray fish he was giving away. I took 5 3" fish since I had a whopping 10 gallons to put them in. They must have been in there for a good 6 months. They were Midas cichlids :duh:

Those hardy fish survived the cramped, sometimes cold, horrid conditions with monthly 100% water changes which includes washing all filter media with tap. They eventually moved into a 55 where a pair formed and had offspring is their own. Tough fish!

Today, I would only think of keeping a solo male in a 90g at minimum, 125 would be ideal

Lots of us started with 10 gallons. Tell us your 10 gallon story.
 

Coryloach

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Apr 22, 2015
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A few baby carp in a 5G tank...They were from the food market but still alive so I stole them from my mother's fish for dinner to "save" them. Needles to say what happened to them in that size tank. That was a very long time ago but is still painful to think about.
 

Tobiassorensen

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Jul 23, 2017
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Well my first tank ever was when i was 12 years old and holded 540L. I had all tetras in it until one day i was going with my granddad to buy some new fish i saw a beatiful carpintis cichlid and my grandpa bought that for me. It grew quite quick and the rest i think you can figure out. I was left with an lonely cichlid within months. Haha.
 
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Gourami Swami

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Jul 13, 2006
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By the time I got a 10 gallon, I had read a bit and only got a dwarf gourami for it.
But, for my whole childhood my family had a shubunking goldfish which was a chunky 8", in a 20 gallon tank. Also I kept an angelfish in a 5 gallon for a while until it died, when I was just a kid.
We all learn at some point though!
 

Nick Park

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Jul 11, 2017
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My first tank was a 10g, and the pet shop sold me 3 clown loaches and 5 dennison roseline barbs to put in it. Trying (and failing) to keep those fish alive almost gave me a nervous breakdown. And to think I got a fish tank because I thought it would be relaxing!

Still in the hobby today, and that 10g is home to a stable population of little tetras.

Meanwhile, I determined to persevere with clown loaches and am now growing out a school of six of the guys in a 200g - they're all up to just over 4 inches now. Also have a 115g full of sex-crazy Africans that are experiencing a population explosion!
 
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