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abcdefghi 06-17-2008 10:55 AM

Is this overstocked?
 
55G with a Whisper 60 and an Aquaclear 110
3 x Angels
8 x Cory Cats
8 x Rummynose Tetra

Bi-Weekly PWC.

Thanks.

1077 06-17-2008 11:05 AM

If Angel fish are small it could work for a while. Keep in mind how large Angelfish are capable of getting. Are you planning on larger tank for them as they grow? I would not be surprised if tetras began disappearing. Angels will view them as snacks. :shock:

abcdefghi 06-17-2008 02:14 PM

As far as I could tell from research and forums a 55G is a big enough tank for the angels. I also found that rummynose tetras are (usually) Ok with angels (unlike neons). I understand its a possibility that the angels especially when larger may eat the tetras, but its a chance I am willing to take.

The main thing I am trying to find out is if the tank would be overstocked. Its difficult to get a clear answer, going by the (flawed) 1" per gallon rule it is overstocked (about 64" of fish) but taking into account that 20" of those fish are bottom dwellers, that 16" of those fish present little bio-load and with the heavy filtration plus twice weekly water change makes it a little harder to find a clear yes or no.

iamntbatman 06-17-2008 02:46 PM

With three angels, eventually you might run into the problem of two of them pairing off and getting aggressive towards the third. Eventually, you might have to rehome one of the three angels.

Lupin 06-17-2008 07:44 PM

That's the only problem I can see, Batman otherwise the stock is fine for a short while. Rummies are far too big to be preyed on scalare angels unless the angels happen to be altums where the jaw structure is very different enabling them to eat the tetras with relative ease. Get 7 more rummies IMO.

abcdefghi 06-18-2008 07:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lupin
That's the only problem I can see, Batman otherwise the stock is fine for a short while. Rummies are far too big to be preyed on scalare angels unless the angels happen to be altums where the jaw structure is very different enabling them to eat the tetras with relative ease. Get 7 more rummies IMO.

Thats the thing, I don't want it to be fine for a short while, I want it to be fine. If the size that the angels will get makes it too much stock, then I am fine not getting any rummynose tetras. If I were to get 7 more rummies (for a total of 15) would that not be hugely overstocked?

I want to get more corys, as I only currently have 4. But I am fine skipping the tetras altogether if it makes things easier.

Lupin 06-18-2008 08:01 AM

What is your tank's dimensions? Unless the tank is tall, no. Tetras contribute little bioload in comparison to angels and others so 15 is not an issue.

Tyyrlym 06-18-2008 08:06 AM

A 55 gallon tank is quite large, and tetras and most corys are rather small. So long as you have an appropriately sized filter you should be able to keep quite a few of these small fish.

abcdefghi 06-18-2008 08:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lupin
What is your tank's dimensions? Unless the tank is tall, no. Tetras contribute little bioload in comparison to angels and others so 15 is not an issue.

I think that it is a regular 55G size, 4 foot long I believe and 18" high.

If I can't find rummies I may go with black neons.

okiemavis 06-18-2008 05:48 PM

Keep in mind that angels can get over 12" tall. While an 18" tall aquarium is ok for a while, I'd recommend one that's at least 24" tall for full grown angels.


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