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why do so many plant tanks only have a few fish... is there any reason not to stock a plent tank to same same level as a normal community tank... if the fish are all plant friendly???

also, wouldn't this provide more nitrate for the plants???
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They are all hidden in behind the plants :lol:

But seriously... you can definitely stock a planted tank as much as a non-planted community tank. Plants will gladly use the added Nitrates, which in turn improves water quality.

What you might see in some "community tanks" is a serious overstocking. As you start to dig deeper into nitrate cycle and nutrients and other aspects of planted tanks, you will get a better idea of the right sized community in your tank, and realize that more isn't always better...


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What you might see in some "community tanks" is a serious overstocking. As you start to dig deeper into nitrate cycle and nutrients and other aspects of planted tanks, you will get a better idea of the right sized community in your tank, and realize that more isn't always better...
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Many people who are really serious about raising aquatic plants tend to see fish as a bit of a nuisance, because they introduce an uncontrollable
variable - their waste - into the environment. Those folks prefer to have complete control over the nutrients that their plants get.

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Weirdos. :-P

I prefer the whole-ecosystem approach, myself. 8)
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Many people who are really serious about raising aquatic plants tend to see fish as a bit of a nuisance
I always thought of fish as fertilizer?!
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I always thought of fish as fertilizer?!

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yeah, but they make terrible root tabs. mine always seem to wriggle free.

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Really? I find mine manage to get themselves stuck in my micranthemoides pretty well on their own. I fish them out though because I use more liquid fertilizer than tablet form.

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Another reason is that plants take up room! So you can't stock it completly or the fish will feel cramp...
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