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Davejk 11-11-2013 08:48 AM

help with stocking quantity
Hi all,
I have had my tank up and running now for about 2 months, its an aqua 65 with an aqua internal 200 filter, heater at 25℃,and well planted.
I have 9 neon tetras, 1 male & 2 female guppies, and 3 golden balloon rams. I have checked out the aqadvisor stocking calculator and it says i am only 70% stocked.
I was wondering what people think as to weather i am fully stocked or can accomodate a few more.
I was hoping for a center piece fish larger than the others but in no way aggressive, or a few more schooling fish, so much choice and so little room.
Its my first tank and would really appriciate a bit of input from some pros out there.
Many thanks for any advise

npbarca 11-11-2013 04:09 PM

I would get a severum, they are not too aggressive and grow large but slowly

Blackfeet 11-11-2013 04:12 PM

Without knowing your water parameters (pH, kH, and soft or hard water) I am limited as to the quality of my advice. Right now assuming you have sand substrate then maybe a loach or catfish. None of your fish listed are bottom feeders. I like dojos, but they need pristine water partly because they don't have scales and they will burrow into they sand so this would help to keep your substrate from getting impacted

henningc 11-11-2013 11:25 PM

I'd go with a nice shoal of penguin tetras. Unusual no doubt and always an eye catcher. Celertial danios would add some color and movement.

As for the ballon rams, shame on you. They are a man made deformity developed by our cousin inbreeding. Must be a very uncomfortable life for them.

As for a Severum, cool fish but the tetras and guppys will be snacks.

rsskylight04 11-12-2013 02:57 AM

Pictus catfish are great but might eat the smaller fish. You might do well with a pair of dwarf gouramis or if your considering bottom feeders then a few loaches might be a great addition to a stable, running tank

jaysee 11-12-2013 09:27 AM

None of those fish suggested are appropriate for a 15 gallon tank, except the CPDs.

My severums more than quadrupled in size in the span of a year.

Blackfeet 11-12-2013 10:09 AM

He is right. I assumed the 65 meant gallons not liters. According to 1 inch of fish per gallon you are over stocked but it more depends on your bio load. What is your nitrates, nitrates, and ammonia when it comes time to do the water change. If they are any higher than the the first level on the scale I'd say you are fully stocked. I like a buffer to be able to catch problems before they kill my fish and I can smell a problem when it gets worse than those levels. If you are still good then a siamese algae eater (make sure it is not a flying fox) or a bristle nose pleco. They usually don't stop eating tank algae when they get large but common plecos do after they get past 6 inches

rsskylight04 11-13-2013 12:09 AM

65 liters is not suitable for what I suggested sorry. I would say your tank is full stocked

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