01-26-2012, 11:54 AM
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Originally Posted by flukez88
Currently 6 Amano Shrimp, which do a KILLER job of cleaning up left overs (highly entertaining), and 9 WCMM, which will be moved to a buddies tank in Feb when i get 5 or 6 guppies
The snails shouldn't be too worrisome for you in terms of bioload. AqAdvisor is an interesting tool to provide guidelines for stocking an aquarium. There is some debate about its accuracy. Many people feel it's a bit too conservative with respect to filtration capacity, meaning that you can generally stock a bit more than it recommends. Nonetheless, it's worth looking at. I ran it for your situation so you could take a look: AqAdvisor for Flukez
As you'll see, I went on the assumption of an HOB filter rated to 10gal. Not sure what you're actually using, but if it's in that ballpark AqAdvisor is concerned about filtration capacity whether you're stocking the 9WCMM or the 6 Guppies with the Amano Shrimp. It does offer some good advice with respect to male:female ratio for the Guppies. I'd ask around on the forum here to see what people think about stocking that combo in your tank. This could well be an example where AqAdvisor is erring on the side of caution and I don't know enough to advise you one way or another.