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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-16-2017, 10:45 PM Thread Starter
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Another stocking topic

Hello all,
I have a stocking question.

-Aquaclear 30 filer
-Black sand substrate
-100w Heater
-Fully cycled
-1.5w per gallon Satellite Freshwater LED+ 10hrs/day
-Heavily planted

I currently have 3 Dwarf Gourami's, 5 Kuhli Loaches, and 1 Mystery Snail.

Do I have enough room for a school of 6 small fish like Emperor Tetras or Chili Rasboras, a pair of Mexican Dwarf Crayfish, and a pair of Nerite Snails?

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Jeff

EDIT; Duh, tank size would help. 20g

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Hello all,
I have a stocking question.

-Aquaclear 30 filer
-Black sand substrate
-100w Heater
-Fully cycled
-1.5w per gallon Satellite Freshwater LED+ 10hrs/day
-Heavily planted

I currently have 3 Dwarf Gourami's, 5 Kuhli Loaches, and 1 Mystery Snail.

Do I have enough room for a school of 6 small fish like Emperor Tetras or Chili Rasboras, a pair of Mexican Dwarf Crayfish, and a pair of Nerite Snails?

Thanks
Jeff
Jeff probably the most important info in regards to stocking is the tank size. If you could post this I'm sure you will get lots of help.

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Jeff probably the most important info in regards to stocking is the tank size. If you could post this I'm sure you will get lots of help.

Dan

Duh, that would help.... my bad!

20g
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I always use aqadvisor.com If you Google aquarium stocking calculator, it should come right up.

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I always use aqadvisor.com If you Google aquarium stocking calculator, it should come right up.

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Wow! This makes life a lot easier. Thanks!
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Just some extra info on stocking. Basic guidelines have been created based on certain factors that will need to be looked at. Type of fish you are keeping, the amount of and type of food, adequate filter media/flow, maintenance of the tank and several others. I have kept 4x or more of the inch per fish rule while maintaining water quality under 15ppm of nitrates. Its all about how much work you can commit to maintain the water quality. I would suggest if you are keeping more than 1 inch per fish or predatory fish that you at least have a test kit for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate (I think everyone should have but if your under that with a community tank then a 50% water change a week should be enough to maintain good water quality without testing). The guidelines are just that, they are not rules but give you a good starting point. Some species do well when overcrowded and some do poorly so its always a good idea to research the fish you intend to keep.

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I agree with Dan, and should also add that you need to think about the size of the fish at maturity, not the size that it is when you buy it. On that same note, don't always believe what the pet store tells you about the size of the fish. There was someone I read asking if they could keep 6 clown loaches in a 20G because the fish store said they only get to 2.5 inches long!

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I might also consider not mixing fishes that thrive in hard water with those who prefer softer more acidic water.
Compatability temperament wise is another consideration.
Should never be about "How many fish can I stock" .
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By 3 dwarves I assume 2 girls and a guy, if so, they are going to start nesting in a month or so, and will be pretty aggressive to everything else in the tank.
The kuhlis should be fine, as they keep to themselves and are pretty fast, they also eat very little so , not much in the way of bioload.
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+1 to nordic i would keep an eye on those dwarf gouramis... they can be really mean and 3x in a 20g tank is not a lot of room for them to have their own space. I had two in a 30g once and one of them literally harassed the other to death
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+1 to nordic i would keep an eye on those dwarf gouramis... they can be really mean and 3x in a 20g tank is not a lot of room for them to have their own space. I had two in a 30g once and one of them literally harassed the other to death
I had 2 in a 55g and one killed the other one. Nasty fish.

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Thank you everyone

With the advice I have been given and the look I am going for I have decided to go with more invertebrates instead of any more fish. IN particular I am going to add a few Nirite snails, a couple of bamboo shrimp, a dozen or so dwarf shrimp, and maybe (if I can find one that is on the peaceful side) a Mexican Dwarf Crayfish.

Thanks for the help.
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