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How many Fish can i have?
Old 06-23-2009, 04:41 PM   #1
 
Question How many Fish can i have?

I already have 2 mollies, 3 platies, 4 guppies, 3 bloodfin tetras and 1 swordtail... and yes I have many livebearers, but there r tons of LFS and they all accept fry, so not to worry about the fry.

Ok so I want to know if I have overstocked my 20 Gallon Tank, and if I could add 1 more baby platy.

2nd Question: Aside from these fish could I add 4 Pristella Tetras, 2 more Bloodfin Tetras, 6 Neon tetras, 2 more mollies, 1 swordtail, 1 bushynose pleco, and 2 more guppies... I know the rule of thumb, but its not true, it all depends on the fish's bioload. I dont know some of these fish that well so i cant judge this myself...these were just ideas, so tell me which I cant have or if i can even add more...

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Old 06-23-2009, 05:04 PM   #2
 
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I would say your probably a little overstocked for a 20......though I'm not the best in this area. I'm thinking about bioload mostly here though, as livebearers tend to be messy fish to my understanding. I wouldn't add anything else at all.
On other threads you'd said you were getting a 50 gallon, correct?(or was it a 55.....). Until that is set up and cycled and whatnot, you shouldn't add anything. Even then probably all I would add would be 2-3 more Bloodfins, maybe the Pleco. If you want more guppies and mollies, just keep a fry or two
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Old 06-23-2009, 05:19 PM   #3
 
yes it was a 55 gallon tank
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Old 06-23-2009, 05:27 PM   #5
 
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xD Couldn't remember, thanks for correcting me
And happy to help^^
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Old 06-24-2009, 10:39 AM   #6
 
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Guppyluver, you could probably get away with the platy fry but the add on request is not reasonable. The inch per gallon rule is not very good for fish in general because not all fish are the same small size as the ones that you have. That guideline was put together when most people just kept little fish like guppies, platies and mollies and maybe a cory to go with them.

Wait a minute, that is exactly the type of fish that you have. Follow the guidance or don't, but don't ask other people to tell you it will be OK to ignore good advice that fits your situation.
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Old 06-24-2009, 11:48 AM   #7
 
Im not going to get the extra fry
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Old 06-25-2009, 02:48 PM   #8
 
sorry guys, I forgot to mention that the list of add-on fish were to go in a 55 gallon tank, not to also put in the 20 gallon tank!! haha sorry everyone
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Old 06-26-2009, 07:51 AM   #9
 
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Your added stock would probably be fine in a 55 gallon but don't add them all at once. Get the 55 cycled or transfer the filter and fish from the 20. After that you could gradually bring up the stock levels.
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Old 06-26-2009, 10:10 AM   #10
 
thanx everyone
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