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marinebiologist21 09-16-2008 08:28 PM

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I have a 29 g. with 5 tiger barbs, 3 albino barbs, 4 rosy barbs, and 3 barbs ( not sure their name), but they ave black dots are silver-ish and skinny, they also have an orange red tip to their tail.

Am I overstocked?
If not, what other fish and how many can I add?

onefish2fish 09-17-2008 01:02 AM

a general rule of thumb for freshwater tanks is 1 inch ( of the max size the fish will grow ) to every gallon of water. i personally wouldnt completly stock out a tank though, but thats my opinion.

marinebiologist21 09-17-2008 06:27 AM

Any other advice?...

Lupin 09-17-2008 06:52 AM

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Originally Posted by onefish2fish
a general rule of thumb for freshwater tanks is 1 inch ( of the max size the fish will grow ) to every gallon of water. i personally wouldnt completly stock out a tank though, but thats my opinion.

I wouldn't consider it a general rule nor a rule etched on a stone. It is greatly flawed when you consider the area where the fish lives, bioload, temperament, etc.

Marinebiologist, am I correct in guessing your 'unknown' barbs are Puntius arulius? If so, these grow to 4 inches and need a 4-ft length of tank minimum. If not, please post pics.

Focus on the bottom. You have enough middle dwellers in your tank already. Increase filtration capacity as you add more fish.

Holly 09-17-2008 01:12 PM

The tigers barbs can tend to be nippy but you have 5 of them so it should reduce their bad behavior. I've found that my cherry barbs love to swim and play so I make sure they have enough room. I would defiantly say you're on the high side of stocking but depending on what else you have in the tank and your filter, you should be ok. Like Lupin said, I wouldn't get anymore middle dwellers. Maybe cories for the bottom. Most plecos will grow too big and put out too much waste for a 29. Is it a 29h?

marinebiologist21 09-17-2008 03:13 PM

I've found my barbs focus more on the bottom- middle, and I think the top need more work

marinebiologist21 09-17-2008 03:14 PM

Well, it is Arilius Barb and my tank is also 29 long.

Holly 09-19-2008 12:42 PM

29L is even better. You're fine to add some bottom dwellers.

marinebiologist21 10-14-2008 05:30 PM

What type do you reccomend?

willow 10-19-2008 05:30 AM

corys are good to add,active little ones always busy. :)


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