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How many fish per inch in a planted tank vs. FO?

Everyone knows the basic FW rule of 1" per gallon, but should we be a lot lower in a planted tank?
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Oh yeah, what kind of flow rate or turnover should you have with your filter in a planted tank? Cant seem to get my water to be sparkling
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Oh yeah, what kind of flow rate or turnover should you have with your filter in a planted tank? Cant seem to get my water to be sparkling

Flow rate 3x the volume of the tank.

Fish- less is better.
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Depends on what your goals is. If the goal is to mainly enjoy plants, then too many (big) fish destroys the look of aquascape(which my tank suffers from right now). However, if fish is a major part of your tank enjoyment, then a fully planted tank can handle much more bioload/fish, 2-3X is often not a problem.


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However, if fish is a major part of your tank enjoyment, then a fully planted tank can handle much more bioload/fish, 2-3X is often not a problem.
This is completely correct, just make sure that you don't try to add fish that are too big for your tank just because they fit into this rule. Specific fish need certain room to swim. For example, bettas are not as active swimmers as most fish, so they can be put in smaller tanks, whereas say a neon tetra is a much smaller fish, but since they are more active they need a larger tank then a betta. It all depends on the type of fish.

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Flow rate 3x the volume of the tank.
It depends on the type of filter you have. Biological filteration is not as important in heavily planted tanks, but mechanical filteration is very important.
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My 10 gallon Endler's tank is way overstocked right now. But it's planted and I do 3x a week water changes. At a guess I have around 25-30 adults and countless fry.

Anyone in the Portland area want some Endler's?
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So I can remove all the bioballs from my sump? They are lying in the water, not in a trickle layout.
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