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Old 09-16-2008, 07:28 PM   #1
 
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I have a 29 g. with 5 tiger barbs, 3 albino barbs, 4 rosy barbs, and 3 barbs ( not sure their name), but they ave black dots are silver-ish and skinny, they also have an orange red tip to their tail.

Am I overstocked?
If not, what other fish and how many can I add?
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Old 09-17-2008, 12:02 AM   #2
 
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a general rule of thumb for freshwater tanks is 1 inch ( of the max size the fish will grow ) to every gallon of water. i personally wouldnt completly stock out a tank though, but thats my opinion.
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Old 09-17-2008, 05:27 AM   #3
 
Any other advice?...
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Old 09-17-2008, 05:52 AM   #4
 
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a general rule of thumb for freshwater tanks is 1 inch ( of the max size the fish will grow ) to every gallon of water. i personally wouldnt completly stock out a tank though, but thats my opinion.
I wouldn't consider it a general rule nor a rule etched on a stone. It is greatly flawed when you consider the area where the fish lives, bioload, temperament, etc.

Marinebiologist, am I correct in guessing your 'unknown' barbs are Puntius arulius? If so, these grow to 4 inches and need a 4-ft length of tank minimum. If not, please post pics.

Focus on the bottom. You have enough middle dwellers in your tank already. Increase filtration capacity as you add more fish.
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Old 09-17-2008, 12:12 PM   #5
 
The tigers barbs can tend to be nippy but you have 5 of them so it should reduce their bad behavior. I've found that my cherry barbs love to swim and play so I make sure they have enough room. I would defiantly say you're on the high side of stocking but depending on what else you have in the tank and your filter, you should be ok. Like Lupin said, I wouldn't get anymore middle dwellers. Maybe cories for the bottom. Most plecos will grow too big and put out too much waste for a 29. Is it a 29h?
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Old 09-17-2008, 02:13 PM   #6
 
I've found my barbs focus more on the bottom- middle, and I think the top need more work
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Old 09-17-2008, 02:14 PM   #7
 
Well, it is Arilius Barb and my tank is also 29 long.
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Old 09-19-2008, 11:42 AM   #8
 
29L is even better. You're fine to add some bottom dwellers.
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Old 10-14-2008, 04:30 PM   #9
 
What type do you reccomend?
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Old 10-19-2008, 04:30 AM   #10
 
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corys are good to add,active little ones always busy. :)
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