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Too much livestock?

I have a ten gallon aquarium with three black devil snails, two mystery snails, one nerite snail, and seven red neon blue eye rainbow fish.

I wouldn't have this much livestock except the place I order from is really generous with freebies. I have only ordered one black devil, one mystery, one nerite, and 6 rainbows, but they're the fish shop that just keeps on giving.

My question is, do I have too many animals to maintain stability and health in the tank? Everything seems to be doing fine, and I perform weekly water changes of about 30-50% water volume, but I was still wanting a few amanos and now I'm thinking that's probably way too high a bioload and too cramped for the little guys.

Let me know what you guys think.

Here's my setup:
10 gallon
AquaClear 30 filter with a sponge on bottom and biomax rings on top
ADA Aquasoil
Nicrew BrightLED light
CO2 injection with diffuser (1.5ish bps, drop checker staying green throughout the injection period)
About 71 degrees with heater
Plants: Java fern, ludwigia repens, dwarf lily, christmas moss, pygmy chain sword, and dwarf baby tears
Animals: 3 black devil snails, 2 mystery snails, 1 nerite snail, and 7 red neon, blue eye rainbows.
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My only concern would be all the big snails. They can produce a decent amount of waste.


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My only concern would be all the big snails. They can produce a decent amount of waste.
Which ones do you consider big? Black devils for sure. What about the mystery snails?
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Mystery Snails can potentially exceed 2" Diameter. So I would include them in the large waste producing category. Amanos would have to compete for food, I suggest keeping what you have.

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Which ones do you consider big? Black devils for sure. What about the mystery snails?
Yeah those guys are pretty big, Mystery snails can get decent size as well if I remember correctly. It may not be an issue as amanos arent a big bio load and if its working ok right now then I doubt a few amanos would throw it over the thresh hold. May want to get some more input from others with similar setups. I have a 10g with probably 20shrimps, 2 nerites, betta, 2 beckfords, unknown number of MTS, and a male guppy without issue so far. Its got a large amazon sword bush and some floaters so pretty sure those plants take care of a bunch of the nutrients/waste in the water.

The biggest contributors in my tank are probably the two nerites. Those things poop all over the place.


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