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post #1 of 3 Old 04-21-2010, 04:35 PM Thread Starter
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opinions please on stocking

my stockings are 10 tiger barbs, 4 silver hatchets, 6 scissortail rasboras, 1 featherfin catfish, and 1 bolivian ram in a 55 gallon

am i overstocked?

do you think i can add 2 more tiger barbs and 2 more hatchets


2x blue gouramis?

i do about 40% water change weekly with gravel vacuum and feed every other day to daily my nitrates now probably read 15ppm at the end of the week

alot of the fish arent fully grown yet
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post #2 of 3 Old 04-21-2010, 04:43 PM
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Welcome to the forum! I don't think your overstocked. Your tank maintenance schedule is good! If it was my tank (and it's not) I wouldn't hesitate to add a few more tigers and hatchets. I don't know a thing about gouramis so I'll leave that for someone else to comment on.

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post #3 of 3 Old 04-22-2010, 10:26 AM
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As you have the room, definitely more hatchets. I assume these are the common Silver Hatchetfish [click on the shading to go to this fish's profile] since these will fare better with the barbs that the more delicate Carnegiella species. And being shoaling fish, like all characins, the more the better; six minimum, but as you have room I would go for more and add five more to total nine.

I would not advise gourami with tiger barbs. Gourami are all sedate easy-cruising fish, and too much of a temptation for nippy tiger barbs. The Bolivian will probably stand his ground, but I would be careful; this fish is also "easy going" and over-active tigers that decide to bully him may cause health issues for the Bolivian. Especially as he grows and, if a male, develops the fin extensions.


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