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Discussion in 'Fish' started by bowman, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. bowman

    bowman New Member

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    Ok so here I am wanting that special fish to make my tank pop. Right now I have a 36 gallon bow front, random plants. Right now I have 90+ cherry shrimp, 2 otocinclus, 2 corydoras, 10 neon tertas, 8 harlequin rasboras, 3 male guppies o and 3 Assassin snails on thier way.

    Any ideas on what else I can add without over doing it? I like glassfish but I want something colorful. Thoughts? Do I just need to be happy with what I got?
    Tank temp running 76.5-79 degress
     
  2. abhradip1986

    abhradip1986 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    You are already overstocking I would say! give fish their space to play.. :)
     
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    I'm not sure I agree with the "overstocked" sentiment.

    24 small fish in a 36 gallon tank....seems fine to me. Especially if it is a planted well filtered tank.
     
  5. bowman

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    ill give the site a reference, thank you for the info. Overstocked? I really didnt think so honestly but Ill read more before I do anything of course. Again, thank you.
    Its pretty well filtered and I do have a fair amount of plants. Filter is up kept well and frequent water changes. Im off to read the link!
     
  6. bowman

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    my instincts were correct! :)

    With good maintenance and equipment, I think you could add another small species. 5-7 fish...or expand upon the schools you already have.
     
  8. bowman

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    thanks for the info! That link was great and made me aware that I should add another filter too so it was a win win. Love it
     
  9. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Bowman

    Please remember 97% is very close even with every thing running perfectly.

    Also 3 Guppies unless they are all males you will be over stocked very soon.

    I personally would sit back and leave you stock as is for the moment or add a few more Neons or 1-2 Cories certainly no more new species.


    Keith
     
  10. bowman

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    yup all male guppies - learned that the hard way. I ended up getting rid of 45+guppies from all the babies. Kept the three boys though in the end.
    Im chillin right now, it was just a thought - not one to just run out and grab fish because I can, no worries. Thanks for the feedback!
     
  11. John N.

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    Haha, I was in the same boat. I was giving away guppies, one year, on craigslist for months!

    -John N.
     
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    That's an excellent link, Keith. I ran my old tank through it, 800% filter capacity. haha
     
  13. octavusprime

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    I agree with shadowmac. With proper plant stocking, filtration and water changes you could probably stock more. This calculator is a reference but by no means the final word. Cool little calculator though.

    I guess I'll need to upgrade my 240 gallon eventually... But it does say I'm at 67% of my stocking level. If the peacock bass get 25 inches I'll be very very surprised though. In captivity 18-20 inches is norm.

    My report:

    Warning: Peacock Bass Monoculus is not recommended for your tank - it may eventually outgrow your tank space, potentially reaching up to 25 inches.
    Recommended temperature range: 25 - 28 C.[Display in Farenheit]
    Recommended pH range: 6.5 - 7.5.
    Recommended hardness range: 5 - 12 dH.
    Recommended water change schedule: 32% per week.Your aquarium stocking level is 67%.
     

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