10g Tank Stocking Ideas


I'm planning on getting a 10 gallon tank from Innovative Marine and was wondering what type of inhabitants I could keep in there. If it ends up playing a significant role with the bioload of what fish I could keep, I'd also mention that i'm getting a small Protein Skimmer, a media reactor, and a tiny UV light (alongside the filtration media that comes with the tank). landscaping wise I currently plan on having 10lbs worth of dryrock and a 2 inch sand bed. I plan on doing a 20% water change once a week.

My current planned stocking list:
1 Firefish (Nemateleotris magnifica)
1 Halloween Hermit Crab (Ciliopagurus strigatus)
1 Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp (Lysmata amboinensis)
1 Peppermint Shrimp (Lysmata sp.)
1 Pederson Cleaner Shrimp (Ancylomenes pedersoni)
3 Super Tongan Nassarius Snails (Nassarius sp.)

Does this sound like a balanced stocking list? or do you think this would be too much for the bio load. Any suggestions are always welcomed for other species I should switch out for.


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I’m not seeing any issue with the current plans. May have an issue with the shrimp…not sure if they’d get along in that small of a tank


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If this is your first tank, I would skip the three different shrimp and go with three peppermint shrimp, mainly because of cost. There isn't going to be a lot of water volume with a 2 inch sand bed and 10 pounds of rock. That isn't a bad thing, just keep in mind there will be less then 10 gallons. That is also a lot of extras to cram into a 10 gallon IM tank. Did you manage to get it all in or did you have to remove the media chamber from the middle section?