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post #1 of 5 Old 05-15-2011, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
55 gallon stocking

My 55 has 2 tetra ex70 filters lots of driftwood and plants. My current stock is 15 tiger barbs, 10 columbian tetra, 1 bristlenose pleco, 1 redtail black shark and a pair of gbr's. I do a 50% water change weekly. I read somewhere that Byron has 80 fish in a 70 gallon tank. I realize many factors effect stocking such as size, compatibility, plants, filtration and maintenance, but I still don't have it down. I am happy with my current stock, but I love buying new fish, so I am wondering if I room for something else and if so what would you recommend?
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post #2 of 5 Old 05-15-2011, 09:59 PM
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I'm not familiar with the term "gbr" but that tank sounds fully stocked to me. I wouldn't add anything more.

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post #3 of 5 Old 05-15-2011, 10:57 PM
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Gbr = German Blue Ram

I agree, I wouldn't add anymore.

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post #4 of 5 Old 05-16-2011, 03:32 AM
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Gbr = German Blue Ram
It is so interesting.
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post #5 of 5 Old 05-16-2011, 11:36 AM
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I agree with Dawn and jeaninel.

And as my name was mentioned...as you correctly say, many factors affect the number of fish. Their compatibility has a major role in this. And the behaviours of some of the fish listed would in themselves limit the number of other species.


Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
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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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