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post #1 of 7 Old 06-22-2009, 09:36 AM Thread Starter
Question Have I overstocked my tank?

I have heard of the rule of thumb, and I think thats just for begginners not to go crazy and put 3 fish in a 1 gallon tank, anyway i think its all about which fish I have but u tell me... Ok i have

4 guppies
3 Bloodfin Tetras
2 Male Black Sail fin Mollies
1 Male Swordtail
2 Adult Platies
1 Baby Platy
1 Chinese Algae Eater

As for the guppies, 2 r female and 2 r male, but my local fish store does accept fry, so thats not a problem, and I have plenty of friend with tanks that have been wanting to adopt my guppy's fry. There is also 1 female platy and 1 male platy, and the baby platy i am not quite sure yet.

I know when you saw the name "Chinese Algae Eater" your mind went immediately to answer overstocked, but in my defense my local fish store told me he would only grow to 3" which i found out was a total lie,,, anyway I am taking him back to my fish store to return him, so get him out of your mind and just consider the other fish.

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post #2 of 7 Old 06-22-2009, 09:45 AM
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What size is this tank?

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20 gallons, 16 inches high, 22" long and 13" on the sides
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With regular maintainance (partial water change of 30-40% every week) and knowing the CAE is going, you're probably OK. Remember that the guppies (like all livebearers) are prolific and you will soon have more fry than any friend or store will likely take over time. But the fry will be good food for other fish.

The stocking level in an aquarim depends upon the maintainance by the aquarist and the compatibility of the fish, and this has two aspects: their requirement concerning water parameters and their compatibility in terms of natural behaviours. If the fish all have basically the same requirements as to the water (temperature, pH, hardness, salinity) and have natural behaviours that are not conflicting, they will be healthy.

The above is general, and it has been a long time since I maintained an aquarim of livebearers; I believe others on this forum have mentioned some bullying by male swordtails, so I'll leave it to the experts in these fish to add anything.

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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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post #5 of 7 Old 06-22-2009, 10:32 AM Thread Starter
All my fish are very friendly to each other,any fish that I have ever bought that has had problems with my fish I have returned and yeas I do water changes once every week or 2. I think Im fine... and anyway I will be upgrading in late summer to a 55 gallon tank, i was just asking to make sure that for now they are ok. If anyone else sees this thread you r welcomed to answer I am always open to different opinions.

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All my fish are very friendly to each other,any fish that I have ever bought that has had problems with my fish I have returned and yeas I do water changes once every week or 2. I think Im fine... and anyway I will be upgrading in late summer to a 55 gallon tank, i was just asking to make sure that for now they are ok. If anyone else sees this thread you r welcomed to answer I am always open to different opinions.

You're welcome. Keep those water changes every week; it ensures stable water quality which is very important. The fable that you can change more water less often is just that, fable; it is preferable to change less water more often. Elsewhere I've explained why this is critical.

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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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post #7 of 7 Old 06-22-2009, 11:47 AM Thread Starter
I am actually getting ready right now to perform the weakly water change
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