09-01-2013, 03:32 PM
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Originally Posted by jaysee
Agreed 99%. I do believe the inch per gallon rule is a good rule for beginners to follow, so long as its applied in the correct manner. The rule is for small schooling fish, and is a rather conservative method of stocking.
I completely agree that those are the fish to use it for. That is what the rule had in mind. My problem with it though is that so many people forget that part and just apply it to everything. When that happens it can go from conservative to just plain wrong (What do you mean I can't keep an oscar in a 20 gallon? It only gets 13 inches!). Beginners just often forget the qualifiers.
Spreadtoothinly-Sorry about the hijack :D I prefer harlequin rasboras and lemon tetras to silvertip tetras. No actual important reason, just prefer the looks.