Excuse the off topic comment... Noooice Daemons! Not a fish I see being kept a whole lot. Do you have them in low ph? They would make it into my HEAVILY STOCKED dream tank along with Brasiliensis, Red Shoulder Severums and (True) Parrot Cichlids. I miss my big cichlid 125.
On the subject, I agree with those that say that it is possible to overstock, but the fish can thrive with a diligent maintenance schedule. My 72 is 100% stocked and all the fish are living happily together. The flipside is a heavily stocked tank can crash and burn very quickly with just a few weeks of missed maintenance. Stocking fish is just like planting a tank. Adjust it to your lifestyle. A diligent homebody can keep a heavily planted/ stocked tank no problem. A person who is out and about most of the time may have trouble with that set up.
I would challenge this and say that maybe what you are observing is "cool" behavior... but might not necessarily be "natural" behavior. Your fish might be healthy and happy... no doubt... but there arent too many streams out there that have fish bumping into each other's noses (overstocked) without a concern in the world of a predator.I'd have to respectfully disagree with the above post by MikeP.
I overstock heavily (you don't even want to know), and believe it or not, natural behaviors and aesthetic appeal (IMO, the more active, peaceful, coexisting life, the more Utopian it looks) increase. I find it to be true from there being no aggression among the fish in the slightest, no lethargy and many of the fish species even spawning on a regular basis. And yep, my schooling fish would still school regularly, and not out of stress. Everyone is active and their colors are bright as can be (though when I switched over to a heavily planted tank, that changed fish behavior, which is another long story I have talked on a few times in the past). I do observe fish behavior quite heavily and can definitely tell if fish are in distress, and none of my fish are stressed in the slightest, even though there is a ton of fish.
Really need an answer to this. As basic as it seems I've never actually been able to work this out and wether or not the variables change depending on how heavily planted your tank is.How do you gauge stocking levels. If filtration and accompanying bacs are at optimum levels would 25 diamonds in a 40 gal planted be overstocked?
I'm just not sure how to gauge stocking to be honest.
Back to some of the above points for clarification.Really need an answer to this. As basic as it seems I've never actually been able to work this out and wether or not the variables change depending on how heavily planted your tank is.
In the sense of planted tank. Most if not all of the tank will be planted and I have adequate filtration but I notice that a lot of planted tanks have very few fish and I've never really understood why.Back to some of the above points for clarification.
... Overstocked in what sense? That everything survives?
In the sense of planted tank. Most if not all of the tank will be planted and I have adequate filtration but I notice that a lot of planted tanks have very few fish and I've never really understood why.
Would 25 green neons or 25 diamonds be overstocked in a heavily planted 40g single species tank.
Or is there some rule that I haven't stumbled across when it comes to a planted tank stocking, that allows you to work out how much of a particular species I can stock in planted setups.
Can you overstock a tank?
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