Am I overstocked?
I feel like I am or really really pushing it. 55g heavily planted with fluval C4 HOB 264gph
If not could I add a few more to the school of tetras and barbs.
7x bloodfin tetras
7x cherry barbs
9x bronze cories
Not so much a matter of overstocking, but my concern would be the compatibility issue (from a water parameter standpoint) of the mollys and the other fish. Also, what sex are the mollys? If you have any mixture of male and female you will see a population shift as they breed (even if they are all females you may have females that have bred prior to arriving in your tank as they can hold sperm packets for some time after being with males).
In using the fish profiles to make a comparison, the low end of the Molly PH range would be in the upper 25% of the other fish's PH range. As has been mentioned on the site in the past, it is best to avoid extremes when combining fish that have overlapping requirements for them all to be at their best. In this instance, I'm really not sure how severe the differences are insofar as the actual health of all the fish is concerned. Just pointing out the differences I saw.
IMO you could add a few more of the barbs and tetras.
That's a high ph. More suitable for cichlids though. It is true that fish can adapt to water parameters but forcing them outside of their range usually doesn't end well. It's like sticking a human out in 32 F weather without winter protection. We will survive for awhile but eventually the cold will win out.
There are lots of times when we think a fish is doing fine or they are perfect when really if they could talk they would tell us a thing or two. If water parameters are not meet for fish and plants for that matter, we can not assume they fair well with the setup. Profiles are in place to inform us on the requirements and should be taken lightly. Compatibility is a whole other topic in itself and should also be thoroughly considered .
The ph scale is fairly interesting in relation to the values on the chart. A few points here and there may not seem like a lot to us but there is a huge difference for sure. For example a ph of 8.0 is 10x more alkaline than 7.0. A ph of 6.0 is 10x more acidic than a ph of 7.0, and a ph of 6.0 is 100x more acidic than a ph of 8.0. Just food for thought.
Keep an eye on the fish. Note the life span expectancies of the fish in your tank. If they don't fair well, the water may be up for consideration for change. I agree about the ciclids, lol. I don't care much for them either anymore. A bit too aggressive for my liking.
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