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post #1 of 10 Old 12-19-2011, 03:16 PM Thread Starter
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Is this ok for my 24gallon tank? 6 platys, 6 emperor tetras and 2 dwarf gouramis
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post #2 of 10 Old 12-19-2011, 05:12 PM
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well, according to aqadvisor.com, with tht many fish ur tank is 105% stocked. so its a little much. u might want to subtract one fish
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post #3 of 10 Old 12-19-2011, 07:12 PM
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Several factors impact stocking. Live plants, weekly partial water changes without fail of 30-50% of the tank volume, the aquascape and environment, and of course the behaviours of the fish. Fish aggression for instance is affected by how the tank is setup, as well as volume. On only the issue of behaviours, male Emperor Tetra can sometimes becomes very "rough" and the gourami would be a natural target.

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post #4 of 10 Old 12-20-2011, 01:50 AM
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Platy's would prefer cool ,Hard,alkaline water,, and Gourami do better in warmer, softer water. Ditto for Emperor's also.(soft water)
One or the other would not be comfortable In my view.

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post #5 of 10 Old 12-20-2011, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
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Platy's would prefer cool ,Hard,alkaline water,, and Gourami do better in warmer, softer water. Ditto for Emperor's also.(soft water)
One or the other would not be comfortable In my view.
Thanks for your opinion but they seem happy enough. I have no idea how soft or hard my water is but the pH is around 7.
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well, according to aqadvisor.com, with tht many fish ur tank is 105% stocked. so its a little much. u might want to subtract one fish
I ordered one less fish. Thanks for your advice:)
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post #7 of 10 Old 12-20-2011, 12:36 PM
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Thanks for your opinion but they seem happy enough. I have no idea how soft or hard my water is but the pH is around 7.
That's not an opinion. That's a scientific fact. They may seem "happy enough," but when you are keeping each fish in the extremities of their comfort range they will be under more stress. This can cause a higher incidence of disease and often leads to a shorter life span.

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post #8 of 10 Old 12-27-2011, 11:43 AM
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Thanks for your opinion but they seem happy enough. I have no idea how soft or hard my water is but the pH is around 7.
This quote makes me sad....


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That's a scientific fact.
No, that is not a scientific fact. Even stocking calculators are just an opinion of the people who designed them. Water changes have a MASSIVE impact on stocking, so plugging in a couple species, numbers, and filter into a calculator says squat.

If you are doing enough water changes to keep the nitrate concentration under 20ppm then you are not chemically overstocked. Then it is just a matter of having enough physical space for the fish to not stress each other out.

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No, that is not a scientific fact. Even stocking calculators are just an opinion of the people who designed them. Water changes have a MASSIVE impact on stocking, so plugging in a couple species, numbers, and filter into a calculator says squat.

If you are doing enough water changes to keep the nitrate concentration under 20ppm then you are not chemically overstocked. Then it is just a matter of having enough physical space for the fish to not stress each other out.

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Just to clarify, the "scientific fact" that Izzy was referring to was 1077's post about water parameters including temperatures. Not the stocking guide, which I agree is not reliable. There is good science in that article you linked, stuff I have written over and over here. Nitrate is only one issue, there are several factors all equally important as that article points out as one reads through it.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If youíre going to take it under your wing then youíre responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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