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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-04-2005, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
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Fish stocking, too many?

Hi,

I have 125 gallon planted tank with the following bio-load:
2 adult angels, 2 adult kribensis, 6 adult bristlenose plecos, 9 corys, 5 congo tetras, 5 red-eye tetras, 3 zebra danios.
Do you think I have too many fish for a good planted tank. So far the plants are growing fine with pressurized CO2 and EI method. I wonder what the problem is with having too many fish in planted tank.

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I don't see a problem with too much. Rather, I might worry about compatibility.
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a lot of pleco's..but not over loaded with fish.

I too worry a little about compatibility/aggression, particularly if the kribs are a mating pair...they will terrorize the tank when they spawn.
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He he he, actually the kribs spawned three times already. First is a lost. They ate the eggs. Second was successful. I got 30+ surviving fry. Since 125 gallon is long enough, there are enough areas for the other fish to escape. A month after I seperated the fry, they spawn again. This time I got a lone jewel cichlid in the tank. The jewel was so fiesty. The kribs lost most of the fry to it. Well not only fry, the jewel also ate 4 or my full-adult zebra danios. The last one I saw the jewel with my own eye ambushed the danios and got 1 in its mouth with its tail hanging out. I took the jewel out. One nasty fish, never again. The kribs are on the other hand much much more peaceful. They never bother/kill any fish.

Anyway, alright, I'll keep my fish load as it is now.

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If anything you're understocked.

Angels do better in groups anyway. I would add 6-8 more.
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The danger with adding more angels is that since they need to be adults and his already are, they might form a pair, and a breeding pair of angels can cause more dammage than a pair of kribs. I lost a full grown red-tailed shark as well as a 4 inch bala and a few other fish to one of my pairs.
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I agree with both of you, Blue & Sarah. He he he, I used to have 7 angels in the tank. Once the become adults, they start pairing. I got 3 pairs. They constantly fight. The only time they don't fight is feeding time.

I'm thinking of putting more of schooling fish like rasboras. Any thoughts on which rasbora species is more red-colored? I can probably add more congos since they too school and very beautiful. But congos are a bit more skittish. They got nervous very easily. They're still adjusting with my hands being in the tank almost everyday since I started converting their habitat into planted one.

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