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Hawkian 12-01-2009 07:03 PM

Am I Overstocked?
OK so I think my tank is fairly well balance as far as room vs. fish is concerned. But I'd like to hear what you guys think because I've learned that what I think may not be what is best...

I have a 32g tank.


1 rainbow shark (2 1/2 in)
7 tiger barbs (1 1/4 in)
1 kribensis female (1 1/2 in)
3 white clouds (1 1/4 in)
5 cardinal tetras (1 in)

What do you guys think? Am I going to have to buy a new tank in a few months?

Angel079 12-01-2009 07:16 PM

Well any excuse to get a new tank going is fine by me, so from that POV yes you need a new tank :-)

J/k, but seriously the rainbow shark is ideally kept in a 55g, as he'll outgrow your 32g.
Now the rest of your tank, I'd not say it overstocked, I just find the mixture and amounts unlucky if I may be that strait fwd with you!?
Kribensis I'd house as a couple, thou they will get territorial when breeding I think.
White clouds I'd house as school only, so 8 and up would be ideal and the same for the Cardinals.
But stocking up to these amounts I'd not do in a 32g.

Personally if you can (financially) I'd get a 55g set up and house the Rainbow, Barbs and 2-3 Kribensis in there (and add some other proper stock as your pocket allows it).
Then have the 32g with 8-10 cardinals and 8-10 White Clouds, and because I love them, I'd personally add some Cory Cats to the 32g then :-)

Hey YOU ask, hope I don't get beat now :-)

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