12-27-2011, 03:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Fishguy2727
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.
Stocking an Aquarium
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.