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post #1 of 3 Old 05-04-2011, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
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55 gallon stocking ?

hey guys i have a 55 gallon tank with a aquaclear 110 filter. Right now i have 8 cardinal tertas 2 whipetail catfish 2 syno petricola catfish 3 red wag platys and 3 zebra danios 1 royal pleco. Im just wonderig if im at full compacity now or can i add some more fish? i wanna make sure i don't over stock so what are your thoughts?
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hey guys i have a 55 gallon tank with a aquaclear 110 filter. Right now i have 8 cardinal tertas 2 whipetail catfish 2 syno petricola catfish 3 red wag platys and 3 zebra danios 1 royal pleco. Im just wonderig if im at full compacity now or can i add some more fish? i wanna make sure i don't over stock so what are your thoughts?
You are not over stocked in my view, but you have fishes requiring different water chemistry which more often as not leads to one group being under stress which in turn can lead to sick or dead fishes .
Cardinal tetra's prefer soft warm water conditions,while the Danios and Platy's prefer relatively hard cooler water.
The two synodontis although they seldom get longer than four inches and are probably quite small now,are most active after dark and will eat smaller fishes that they can catch as they mature.
They do fairly well in moderately soft to hard water and appreciate moderate current which the Aquaclear can easily provide in 55 gallon tank.
Been sometime since I kept the Whiptail's (Farlowella?) but they are largely herbivores, so do see that they are provided with algae, spirulina pellet's, algae wafer's, and or algae based foods.
Depending on what my water was like with respect to pH,gh,kh., I would try and keep only fishes that will thrive in my water and temp should suit all occupant's.
Hope this helps.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.

To follow up on 1077's advice, you might want to taqke a look at our fish profiles, most of the fish you mention are included. Second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top of the page; if the scientific or common name in the profile is used exactly the same in a post, example Cardinal Tetra or Zebra Danio, it will be shaded on you can click on the name to see that profile.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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