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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-03-2008, 05:22 PM Thread Starter
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Do I need more bottom feeders in my tank

I currently have a 55 gallon planted tank. It has 12 rummy nose tetras, 12 cardinal tetras, 5 rams, 2 dwarf plecos, and 2 clown loaches. Do I have enough bottom feeders in the tank currently? Should I add cory's to the tank? If so how many? Also I plan on adding some discus to the tank. What would be a good number to add without over populating my tank? I appreciate the help!!!
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The Clown Loaches are overstocking your tank already. They grow up to a foot long and 2 of them should have at least a 100 gallon tank.

And I'd say the Plecos are enough since they poop alot, but you can add some Cories if you want to.

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I dont think you should add anymore fish then what you have. I definitely would not add any Discus to that size tank. I think 5 rams is a little much in that size tank, but thats just how I am with rams. They need lots of space when they decide to pair up.
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Agree with the others. Your tank is stocked to the limit even without the Clown Loaches.

You'll need to either upgrade to a huge tank, or find them another home, and t's very difficult to find new homes for giant sized fish like these.
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As the others have said you are overstocked. I would get rid of the two clown loaches and a couple of the rams.
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The Clown Loaches are overstocking your tank already. They grow up to a foot long and 2 of them should have at least a 100 gallon tank.
True they can, in 20+ some odd years. They grow very slowly.

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True they can, in 20+ some odd years. They grow very slowly.
Yes, but Koi grow slow as well. Could they be housed in a 55?

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My LFS had a 12" clown loach that they said was only 3 years old. Grew up in a 210gal. My clowns were 6" at 8 years, and grew up in a 46gal. After hearing and seeing the clown loach at my LFS, I feel like my own clowns may have been stunted.

I agree you probably have too many rams for a 55gal, but it also depends somewhat on your gender ratios. If only 1 or 2 are males and the rest females, you MAY be ok as long as there are lots of hiding places and lines of sight are broken with plants and hardscape.

IMO a 90gal tank is the smallest size appropriate for a small school of discus. Discus need to be kept in groups, and a school would not have enough swimming room in a 55gal.

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I appreciate all of the responses. I am disappointed that I can not add Discus to the tank. Oh well you live and learn.
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