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trreherd 12-17-2006 01:12 PM

How bad is it.
I never thought i would be one to overstock a tank buy i think it happend on its own.
In my tank i have one corry catfish,two guppies(male/female),3 neons,1 shrimp,and like 4 baby guppies.
I think the tank is geting over stocked cause there is a terible smell coming from it that i just cant seem to get rid. I also have 2 anarchis that i first thought was the reson for the bad opor so i did a major trimming but the smell just kept coming.
So is it overstocked and what should i do about it?
I have been doing bi-weekly 1-4 water chages/gravel vacs and my filtration is exelent.
could the smell be because i am overfeeding? I have been feeding them brine shrimp every other day is that poluting the tank? I think i may have been overdoing it with the flakes so i will cut back and if the smell dosent go away within a week or to then some fishes are gunna have to go.

critter_keeper 12-17-2006 03:05 PM

How big is the tank?

Amphitrite 12-17-2006 03:09 PM

As well as giving the tank size, could you also give readings for

- Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrate?

- How long has the tank been established?

- Is the tank planted?

- What type of substrate do you have, gravel or sand?

- Do you use a gravel vac, and how often?

trreherd 12-17-2006 03:15 PM

the tank is 5 gallons and it is lightly planted with two anarchis plants and the readings of nitrite and amonia is always zero and i dont have nirate test.

weaselnoze 12-17-2006 04:06 PM

do you use carbon in the tank?

crazie.eddie 12-17-2006 04:06 PM

The tank is overstocked. Most smells usually come from overfeeding. How much brine shrimp do you feed them? Are they frozen or freeze dried brine shrimp? If they are frozen, maybe cut the cubes smaller.

trreherd 12-17-2006 05:02 PM

I can say how much brine shrimp i have been feeding cause i have the flat pack. buy i will deffenetly stop feeding brine for a while and just do small portions of flake.
for the other questions.
They are frozen brine
i do gravel vacs twice a week.
What should i do with the fish if i have to get rid of some of them?

crazie.eddie 12-17-2006 06:37 PM

The flat packs are much easier.

Regarding the fish, you can either...
1. Donate or try to sell them to an LFS.
2. Offer them on Craigslist
3. Give them to a friend or maybe just have him/her house them for awhile, until you get a larger tank.

trreherd 12-18-2006 02:35 PM

you relly think my lf will take the baby fish? i meen they must get asked that all the time.

crazie.eddie 12-18-2006 03:37 PM

If you're giving it to them, then I'm sure they will take it.

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