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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-15-2017, 11:58 PM Thread Starter
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Low tech 10g stocking

I have a low tech 10 gallon about to finish its cycle. It is heavily planted java fern, java moss, and anubias on driftwood over a playsand substrate. I have a fluval aquaclear 30 HOB filter

I wanted originally to do a scarlet badis and RCS tank but scarlet badis females are freaking impossible to find and/or expensive so I'm giving up on them. I am now thinking about this

10 Mosquito rasbora
3 Scarlet badis
2 Peacock Grudgeon

Would this be too much bioload for a 10g low tech?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-16-2017, 12:32 AM
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Give AqAdvisor a try. Obviously it won't give a perfect analysis because every tanks setup is a bit different, but it'll be a good indicator of what you can do

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Bump: And when you're doing your stocking, it would be advisable to keep it around 80-85%. If you start pushing the limits of your capacity you could run into some water quality issues unless you're super diligent about your water changes. Keeping it with a bit of a buffer zone will help mitigate some of those concerns
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I think that stocking would be fine. I think you could push it a little, even. Boraras sp. don't have much of a bioload at all, and shrimp hardly impact the system either. Just be sure to have lots of hiding places for the badis and gudgeons. Nice thing about 10 gallons is that its (relatively) super easy to change large amounts of water, so if there are water quality problems, it'd be easy to do a 50% change.

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can you post a pic of your tank? sounds about what I want to do. deciding between 10-30 gal tank.
sorry not to side track your thread...
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I would hold off on the shrimp if I were you...your Peacock Grudgeon and definitely your Scarlet badis will hunt your shrimp down. Also aren't Scarlet badis males territorial? so wouldn't 3 males in a small 10g be too many?
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