Talking with Petco and PetSmart, they have informed me that I can keep about 1 fish for every gallon in my tank. I have a 55 gallon tank with about 20 different medium size plants. My stock right now is too high in my opinion. A lot of them are small so they said 2 or 3 would count as one but I keep battling nitrite spikes and I can only think it is overstocked. In this 55 gallon I have:
1 albino bristlenose pleco, 1 bristlenose pleco, 1 stingray pleco (hillstream loach), 1 kuhli loach, 2 bumblebee gobys, 2 S.American bumblebee catfish, 2 Blue Flame pygmy gouramis, 2 paradise gouramis, 2 gold dust Mollys, 2 farlowellas, 2 orange platys, 2 blue platys, 2 Otto cats, 3 ember tetras, 3 pygmy Cory cats, 3 rosy red minnows, 4 neon tetras, 4 pristella tetras, 4 flying orange hatchets, 5 julii corys, 3 adult guppys, and 6 juvenile guppys. Also a breeder box containing a batch or gold dust mollys babies and a batch of guppy babies. There are also 10 different mystery snails, 2 rabbit snails, and about 12 different various small nerites, 3 whisker shrimp, 5 Japanese algae eater shrimp, and about 15 ghost shrimp. There are a bunch of different live plants as well. Maybe 8 or 9 different kinds and at least one to 5 bunches of each plant. Around 30 individual stems in the gravel all around the tank and one floating pond lettuce.
I feel like this is too much and didn't realize how quick everything accumulated since a lot are bottom feeders, always hiding, or just really small so it doesn't look like there is much in there. It was when I actually counted every single thing in the tank that I started really worrying and wondering what to do.
Any suggestions on what I can do and what I should do?? :/