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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-22-2013, 10:38 PM Thread Starter
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Overstocking with a bigger filter

I'm planning on setting up a 10g heavy planted "micro" tank with all tiny fish (1.5 in) or smaller

Just a sample idea I thought up

2 scarlet badis
1 sparkling gourami
M/F guppy
A few Blue eyed rainbowfish
5-10 RCS

I'd use a filter suited for 30g or so to keep water pristine and have no issues changing water as needed, so is it possible to have a bunch of tiny guys?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-22-2013, 11:05 PM
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Stick to a normal sized filter, plant heavily and utilize floaters like water lettuce and hornwort. No biggie. RCS don't constitute much bio-load anway.
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The gourami's like trios, so you would have to either add 2 more or just take them out, I would say either them or the Badis. As for guppies... may I ask why if you plan on doing rainbow's? just go a larger school of rainbows then


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The gourami's like trios, so you would have to either add 2 more or just take them out, I would say either them or the Badis. As for guppies... may I ask why if you plan on doing rainbow's? just go a larger school of rainbows then
These were just the first tiny fish that came to mind
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I have 15 neon tetras, 4 panda cory's, and probably 2 dozen cherry shrimp in my 12 gallon with zero issues. Technically I'm a little overstocked. I have a relatively massive filter for the tank (a fluval 306), and I do weekly water changes due to EI dosing. All of my critters seem very happy. The only thing I noticed is that I was getting a lot of nitrate, so I stopped dosing KNO3 (potassium nitrate) and it's better now.

Excess nitrate is one thing a filter cannot remove, and you will get from over stocking. The only thing (that I know of) you can do is have more plants to consume it and to do more frequent water changes.
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Overstocking with larger waterchanges.

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There might be a conflict with the blue eyes and badis. Badis are very intentional feeders. they take there time, look over the food (very very hard to get to eat anything but frozen or live foods). Blue eyes can be jerks. They eat first, think later. They are boisterous and constantly moving. It might lead to the poor little badis being stressed to death, or not getting enough to eat.

As for overstocking. Its not that bad of an issue if you have fish that like to be in tight groups. The water quality is an easy thing to adjust, but fish personality can lead to problems.
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It honestly depends on the fish, their activity level and temperment. Filter and water quality is very important, but you have to keep in mind of space. Fish that don't have enough space can become very territorial.

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Yeah, I'd rethink the d. Dario for a community tank with the rainbows. More often than not, they've been known to starve themselves to death in tanks where there are fast moving fish.

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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-23-2013, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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Maybe a GBR instead of the Dario's then
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