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Is my tank over stocked?

Hey everyone,

Would you consider this over stocked?

5 neon tetras
5 glowlight tetras
2 dwarf gouramis (1 male and 1 female)
2 small panda cories
2 small peppered cories
1 small bristlnose pleco
3 small YoYo loaches

My tank is 15 gallons and is quite heavily planted, with two pieces of wood.

P.S soon to be upgrading to a 180 litre tank
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If you have to ask the tank is overstocked. My tanks are stocked very very lightly.

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What do you mean? I dont quite understand.
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Technically, yes, going by the inchpergallon rule. But are you having any problems with your fish? plants? I doubt it. I'm "overstocked", but my nitrates and ammonia are safe and everyone's happy, happy.

What are your water parameters? You're probably ok.
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If you need to ask whether or not the tank is overstocked, the tank is overstocked. If there is any doubt whatsoever, your tank is overstocked. Then again, I am a militant supporter of lightly stocked tanks. I didn't used to be, but man, it makes things simpler.

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would you say my stocking list is extremly bad or manageable. I do about a 35% water change weekly and vacum a lot.
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Hi Bob, I'd say the yoyos and the bristlenose need a bigger tank. If you can move those then the rest might be okay for a while.


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Will they be ok for say 3 months? I am upgrading to a 180 litre in about 2-3 months.

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Well if they've been together untill now, I'm guessing another 2/3 months won't kill them!
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The bristlenose and the yoyo loaches will be much too big for this tank eventually, but for the 2 - 3 months you have planned, it should be ok. I would monitor the water quality carefully though, and if you start to get rapid increases in nitrates, step up the water change frequency a bit.
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In my mind it is all ok unless you overfeed. Fish can live on very little food. If you feed a bunch at it takes a minute or more for all of the food to disappear, I think water quality goes down fast. I don't count catfish in that.
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Thanks a lot guys. The thing is i havn't added the YoYo losches yet but i am soon.
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If you're already considering whether you're overstocking, it would be a very bad idea to add more fish until you get a bigger tank. Why not just wait until you get a bigger tank?

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Have you ever tried to catch a yoyo loach?

don't put them in until you upgrade, it will save you a monster headache and backache!
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Have you ever tried to catch a yoyo loach?

don't put them in until you upgrade, it will save you a monster headache and backache!
I agree.

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