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Old 01-19-2008, 02:37 AM   #1
 
stocking 29 gallon

At the moment I have a 120 litre tank/29 gallons. (50cm (length) x 63cm (width) x 40cm (hight)) It has an EHEIM Classis 2213 canister filter on it. Fortnightly 30 % water changes, planted w/ a COČ2 system.

Fish are:
2 bristle nose
1 peppermint bristle nose
1 yoyo loach
6 panda corydoras
6 ember tetras
6 cardinal tetras
2 otocinclus

I would like some sort of centre fish because most of the fish hide a lot. Could I add anything or is it fully stocked?
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Old 01-19-2008, 07:12 AM   #2
 
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Re: stocking 29 gallon

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At the moment I have a 120 litre tank/29 gallons. (50cm (length) x 63cm (width) x 40cm (hight)) It has an EHEIM Classis 2213 canister filter on it. Fortnightly 30 % water changes, planted w/ a COČ2 system.

Fish are:
2 bristle nose
1 peppermint bristle nose
1 yoyo loach
6 panda corydoras
6 ember tetras
6 cardinal tetras
2 otocinclus

I would like some sort of centre fish because most of the fish hide a lot. Could I add anything or is it fully stocked?
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I would suggest removing the yoyo loach. Loaches are sociable fish and yoyos have the potential of reaching 6 inches. These alone are very active fish that need plenty of swimming space which unfortunately your tank cannot provide. When keeping loaches, always remember to keep three as the minimum number. They love their company and if not met, they either pine away or behave very differently although there are cases wherein lone loaches interact with other fish instead but I do not advise you to do this.

What are your water parameters such as ammonia, nitrites and nitrates? What is your pH? Is it always consistent even with CO2 injection? How often do you feed and what foods are you using? I am concerned with your water change schedule. Fortnight is not advisable and this is far too long considering your stocklist composes of several fish that contribute too much bioload. Plecos alone are heavy waste producers. With your stocklist, please do more water changes. Doing it thrice a week at a minimum of 30-40% is better than a fortnight. I have never used that type of filter. Could you please tell me what the turnover rate of that filter? What are the filter media in it?

Don't add any more fish. You could add 4 more cardinals or ember tetras but that's it until you do more water changes and increase filtration capacity to cope with the bioload if you do not wish to reduce the number of bristlenose plecos you have.
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Old 01-23-2008, 11:36 PM   #3
 
I agree with Lupin that you need to increase your water changes. also i would not add any more fish because IMO you are already slightly overstocked already and many of the fish you have are heavy waste producers (the pleco's).
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