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reds21 03-16-2009 08:24 AM

how many fish can fit?
I have a 55 gallon tank and was wondering how many more fish i can add before its "overstocked".

right now i have

(1) plocostomus (6")
(1) rainbow shark (6")
(3) dwarf gourami (1-1/2"-2")
(2) black tetra (1/2-3/4")

am i overstocked?

JohnnyD44 03-16-2009 09:29 AM

I don't think you are overstocked for a 55G.

is it a bosemian rainbow fish?

your black tetras should be in a school of atleast 6. All tetras are schooling fish, they may be happier if you get them 4 more buddies. You should be able to fit them no problem.

reds21 03-16-2009 09:45 AM

its the rainbow shark that is black or dark grey with red fins.

are tetras the only thing that can be added with out overstocking?

veganchick 03-16-2009 09:53 AM

nooo you won't be overstocked if you add a few fish besides the tetras, but you may want to watch out for aggression from the rainbow shark! Just a heads up!

JohnnyD44 03-17-2009 11:39 AM

yeah I meant to say rainbow shark....not bosemian, sorry about that.

you will need to watch out for agression and territorial issues with the RTBS.....Tyy has alot of information on them if he can jump in here.

I know RTBS enjoy caves and certain things to call his own, so maybe a school of top-dwellers would do ok.

reds21 03-17-2009 08:38 PM

with that, since i have

1) plocostomus (6")
(1) rainbow shark (6")
(3) dwarf gourami (1-1/2"-2")
(2) black tetra (1/2-3/4")

can i get freshwater shrimp? i saw a few on line for a couple bucks but not sure if they can be in the same tank with what i have already.

any shrimp advice would be appreciated

reds21 03-17-2009 09:14 PM

oh yeah, i also have live plants and plastic plants as well. does this matter?

aunt kymmie 03-18-2009 02:34 PM

What type of pleco do you have? A common pleco will easily grow to one foot and then some!
I've seen 18" LFS has one this large.

You can have a combo of plastic & live plants . I prefer a live-planted tank myself.
Not sure on the shrimp but with what you have I'd think you could easily house some larger type shrimp. Someone else will have to confirm this. :-)

JohnnyD44 03-18-2009 08:58 PM

yep, a common pleco can be a monster!!!!

nice new avatar kymmie!!

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