Freshwater Aquarium/Fish community


I am going to set up a ten gallon
tank with a heater, filter, gravel,
and lots of plants.

These are the fish I want to keep in it:

6 or 7 neon tetras, 2 male fancy guppies,
1 or 2 ghost shrimp, and a female betta fish.

Is this OK?

Will they all get along?

Are their temperature, PH, ect. needs the same?

If not, what would you recommend?

(Other fish I like are corydoras catfish,
platies, Mollies, ect.)


I don't want anyone to breed,
and I would really like at least one
bottom feeder/algae eater, to help the
tank stay clean.

Hi Miriam

That's a little too many fish for a 10 gallon. Scale back to 5 Neon Tetras, 2 male Guppies, 1 Ghost Shrimp and 1 Cory Cat. I wouldn't recommend putting a Betta in with brightly colored fish such as the Neons and Guppies. Most female Bettas are just as aggressive as the males.

Hope this helps, good luck!


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Richard Hight


I own and maintain several freshwater aquariums from 2 to 180 gallon. I can answer most questions about freshwater aquariums, including setup, cycling, maintenance, compatible tank mates, feeding. Moving? I've moved fish both across town and across the country and can help you get your little aquatic friends to their new home safely. I know and have experience with most freshwater community fish, South American Cichlids and African Cichlids. I don't answer questions about Goldfish or keeping Goldfish with Tropical Fish. I also don't answer questions about keeping crustaceans (shrimp, snails, crabs etc) with Tropical Fish, nor questions about saltwater fish or aquariums. I'm not available to answer questions on weekends, this is when I do maintenance on my own tanks.


Many years of personal experience with community tank fish, semi-aggressive fish (Barbs, Tetras, etc), Angels, South American Cichlids and African Cichlids.

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