Is my 55 overstocked
Tropical Fish

Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources » Freshwater Fish and Aquariums » Beginner Freshwater Aquarium » Is my 55 overstocked

Is my 55 overstocked

This is a discussion on Is my 55 overstocked within the Beginner Freshwater Aquarium forums, part of the Freshwater Fish and Aquariums category; --> I have a 55 gallon tank that has a ac70. I do one 50% water change a week. Nitrates are usually between 10-20ppm. I ...

Check out these freshwater fish profiles
Dwarf Puffer
Dwarf Puffer
Discus
Discus
Like Tree1Likes

Reply
Old 03-14-2013, 06:03 PM   #1
 
Is my 55 overstocked

I have a 55 gallon tank that has a ac70. I do one 50% water change a week. Nitrates are usually between 10-20ppm. I will most likely be adding either a fluval 406 or a second ac 70 soon.

I was wondering if i could add more fish. Its well established and has been running for over a year and a half.

Current stock:
2 dwarf gouramis
2 boesmani rainbows
1 trificshiata rainbow
4 lemon tetras
2 brisltenose plecos
8 black skirt tetras
1 leopard gourami
according to aquadvisor its 86% stocked

Here is what I would possibly like to do in the future:
2 dwarf gouramis
4 boesmani rainbows
1 trificshiata rainbow
6 lemon tetras
2 brisltenose plecos
8 black skirt tetras
1 leopard gourami
2 german blue rams
according to aquadvisor that whould be 111% stocking.

Thanks!!!
calfishguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2013, 06:10 PM   #2
 
Olympia's Avatar
 
I think you are fine to add, but I would change what you are adding..

I would not add the dwarf gouramis, your current ones probably have their territory established and might not appreciate new comers.
I would definitely not add another leopard gourami (if you mean ctenopoma by this). If you had added a group of them they would have been fine, but from what I've read once they grow up you cannot add more to the tank since they will be too aggressive.
Instead of those I would add more rainbowfish..

The German blue ram, I don't think this fish is suitable for the tank, as I think they need really warm water that these fish won't like, but I might be wrong as I don't know about them much. :p
Olympia is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Olympia For This Useful Post:
calfishguy (03-14-2013)
Old 03-14-2013, 06:12 PM   #3
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Olympia View Post
I think you are fine to add, but I would change what you are adding..

I would not add the dwarf gouramis, your current ones probably have their territory established and might not appreciate new comers.
I would definitely not add another leopard gourami (if you mean ctenopoma by this). If you had added a group of them they would have been fine, but from what I've read once they grow up you cannot add more to the tank since they will be too aggressive.
Instead of those I would add more rainbowfish..

The German blue ram, I don't think this fish is suitable for the tank, as I think they need really warm water that these fish won't like, but I might be wrong as I don't know about them much. :p
Oaky i think you may have misunderstood my first post. I would only add the rams, 2 boesmanis and 2 lemon tetras.
calfishguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2013, 06:17 PM   #4
 
Olympia's Avatar
 
Ahh, then that should be fine.. Still the issue about the rams. Have you read our profile for them?
Olympia is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Olympia For This Useful Post:
calfishguy (03-14-2013)
Old 03-14-2013, 06:27 PM   #5
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Olympia View Post
Ahh, then that should be fine.. Still the issue about the rams. Have you read our profile for them?
I have read your profile and 80-82 isnt really that hot IMO. My 55 is at 78 and bringing it a tad higher really wouldnt be a big deal
calfishguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2013, 07:41 PM   #6
 
jentralala's Avatar
 
That would be too warm for the other fish in the tank, is what she means. It would stress them out.
jentralala is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to jentralala For This Useful Post:
calfishguy (03-14-2013)
Old 03-14-2013, 07:46 PM   #7
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by jentralala View Post
That would be too warm for the other fish in the tank, is what she means. It would stress them out.
Not trying to offend anyone but IME most fish will be fine in the 76-83 range as long as they are properly acclimated/the temperature is raised slowly. The temp thing is not really a concern for me. My tank was actually at 80 until a few weeks ago when I read an article about high temps. It might actually have been on this site.
calfishguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2013, 08:24 PM   #8
 
jentralala's Avatar
 
It shortens their lifespan because they have to work harder to do normal everyday things. They can handle extreme temps for short periods of time but that's it, then it starts to stress them out and weakens their immune system.
jentralala is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2013, 09:31 PM   #9
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by jentralala View Post
It shortens their lifespan because they have to work harder to do normal everyday things. They can handle extreme temps for short periods of time but that's it, then it starts to stress them out and weakens their immune system.
I myself won't call 80 an extreme difference from 78 but that's just me. I also checked three websites and two of my books and I believe 78 is fine for rams. Just to confirm something though do you know if there are references for the info in the fish profiles.
calfishguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2013, 10:00 PM   #10
 
AndrewM21's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by calfishguy View Post
I myself won't call 80 an extreme difference from 78 but that's just me. I also checked three websites and two of my books and I believe 78 is fine for rams. Just to confirm something though do you know if there are references for the info in the fish profiles.
Rams prefer 76-78 but will do absolutely fine in 80 degree water granted you accurately acclimate them to the temperature. You should not expect to see any decrease in life span by keeping them at that temperature.

Profiles are based on "general" fish information, and do not accurately describe every fish. You should use these as a general rule of thumb when picking out new fish, but it's perfectly fine to change the parameters.

I have mixed parameters for a lot of fish and have had no issues doing so. Granted I would never severely alter their parameters, but small changes should have no ill effect. If you were keeping a cool water fish (IE 72 recommended and you kept them at 80) then you would see a decrease in their life span.

Hope this helps.
AndrewM21 is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to AndrewM21 For This Useful Post:
calfishguy (03-14-2013)
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
overstocked ????? tommaso889 Freshwater and Tropical Fish 28 01-14-2010 06:45 AM
Overstocked 30 gal? stephanieleah Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 8 12-06-2009 12:00 AM
Am I Overstocked? Hawkian Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 1 12-01-2009 07:16 PM
Overstocked ? selvan777 Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 47 11-20-2009 04:29 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:48 AM.