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Old 06-21-2013, 04:45 AM   #1
 
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Can someone tell me if I am overstock. I have a 20 gallon freshwater tank with plastic plants and decorations, 1 30g whisper, 1 curtain air bubbles
1 platy
6 guppies
4 corys
2 red claw crabs (have a home made habitat, so they can breath)
1 blue crayfish
2 dwarf gourami
I test the water every 3 days with the API test kit, and everything seems normal, the ammonia, nitrates, and ph levels are ok. I change the water 15% every week temperature is at 77/78. I put the recommended amount of salt, and stress coat. Everything seems to be ok, no fish died yet, some have been in the tank for 3 weeks now. Should I worry, they all seem to be doing good.
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Old 06-21-2013, 12:41 PM   #2
 
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Is the salt for the guppies or crabs or what? I'm wondering if cories are ok with salt..I'll look that up.
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Old 06-21-2013, 12:53 PM   #3
 
It is for both, I put one table spoon for every 5 gallons.
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Old 06-21-2013, 01:00 PM   #4
 
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I don't think cories do well with salt at any level.
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Old 06-21-2013, 01:06 PM   #5
 
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Agree. Never use salt with catfish, nor any soft water fish (like the gourami) either. If you want to know why, here's my article on the subject:
Salt and the Freshwater Aquarium
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Old 06-21-2013, 06:21 PM   #6
 
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Thanks for the input I will fix the water right away. But is my tank overcrowded?
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Old 06-21-2013, 06:25 PM   #7
 
thanks, but is the tank overcrowded?
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Old 06-21-2013, 06:27 PM   #8
 
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Thanks for the input I will fix the water right away. But is my tank overcrowded?
Fish wise, you should be OK with good maintenance (weekly partial water change of 1/3 to 1/2 the tank, not overfeeding, etc). It is the crustaceans and their impact that I can't assess, as I have no experience with these. I have read that one should not have crabs and crawfish in with fish, but I've no idea how they otherwise affect the water.
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Fish wise, you should be OK with good maintenance (weekly partial water change of 1/3 to 1/2 the tank, not overfeeding, etc). It is the crustaceans and their impact that I can't assess, as I have no experience with these. I have read that one should not have crabs and crawfish in with fish, but I've no idea how they otherwise affect the water.
thanks for the info, so far the crayfish and the crab are getting along with each other and the other fishes. I they get too close to each other they go the other direction.
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:26 PM   #10
 
The cray will likely turn on your fish eventually same with the crabs as well. The crabs need land but also need a source of brackish water, without these they usually will not last half a year. Neither are suitable for a community tank.

Fish wise you are fine. The inverts really need to be removed.
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