04-23-2011, 09:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Jayy
I'm setting up a 55 gallon and wanted to know how fish I can keep without overstocking.
Here's what I plan to keep: six xray tetras, three marbled mollies, three albino koi swordtails, three platies, 1 pearl gourmai, and four peppered cories.
Is this too much, a good number, or can add more?
I think that is good if your filtration is adequate.
I would mention that the gourami might not appreciate the faster fish though, but none of the fish you listed is overly speedy, except sometimes the mollies and tetra can be. Also I would note that the swordtails and platies can crossbread (might be your purpose as you have them as 3 each). Also, I would probably up the amount of cories to around 6 as they are happiest at that number, and peppered cories only get to about 2 inches.
The previous poster's suggestion of aqadvisor.com is right on...plug in the tank size, filters, and the stock you want and it will let you know what's up as far as filtration needs and if you are overstocked or what not.
Good Luck...and let us know what aqadvisor says...as that amount of fish doesnt sound that major of a bioload in a 55 gallon if the filtration is good. Most advice filtration for the next tank size up of what you actually are stocking. And plants always help! (I have a 50g and 30g filter on my 29 gal. And I have a 20 gal and 10 gal filter on my 15 gal. When my 5 gal is up I have a 10 gal filter on it.)