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post #11 of 13 Old 08-24-2011, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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You still want 100% filtration. Depending on who I've asked I've heard 120% to 150% stocking capacity as long as the filtration is there. Me, I don't plan on going over 120%.

Website aside, my friend (a cichlid enthusiast) said I could probably manage about 15 or so adults and a pleco in a 55 until I am more experienced.
120% as juveniles or adult size ??

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post #12 of 13 Old 08-24-2011, 08:40 PM
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Dont do a common pleco in a 55.. definitly not with mbunas. Plecos should be in a 75g to allow unstunted healthy growth, and with an overstocked mbuna tank it's just gonna be a mess.
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post #13 of 13 Old 08-24-2011, 08:46 PM
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IMO common plecos need a 180. They can get every bit of 2ft and a 4ftx18" footprint does not yield enough room. As for the stock 5 labs and 5 rusties sound fine in a 4ft long 40. I am not sure what the percentage means but just know you can never have too much filtration.

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