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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-13-2014, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
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how many pencilfish can i keep?

how many beckford pencilfish can i keep in a heavily planted and well filtered 20 gallon long?

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-13-2014, 08:24 PM
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Not that aqadvisor is an infallable source, but it is often a good starting point to get a rough estimate.

Assuming a good filter, and no other stock:

20 full-grown adult brown or golden pencilfish = 99% stocked

Or 36 dwarf pencilfish = 100% stocked:
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Beckford pencilfish are one of the more easy pencifish. I would recommend at least 12 and like matt wrote 20 wouldn't be bad either.

I have 12 in a tank with other tetras and there the boss of the tank. They push larger fish out of there area and the males battle back and forth.
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I would go for a dozen and add a few Otos.
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