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mullet 02-26-2007 08:13 PM

How many fish can I have?
I understand that the rule is 1 inch of fish per 1gal water. Does this include crabs and the live rock?

musho3210 02-26-2007 08:16 PM

saltwater doesnt follow the 1 inch per gallon rule, they dont have any rule of thumbs since there are many different things to follow.

usmc121581 02-26-2007 08:20 PM

It all depends. Some one might say my tank is over stocked. I have 22 fish and thats not including all the inverts. Oh its a 120gal with 30 gal sump. But my parameters are good. Ammonia 0 nitrite 0 nitrate 5 and phosphate .2.

trreherd 02-26-2007 08:24 PM

I still dont get how your nitrates are always zero mike.

musho3210 02-26-2007 08:25 PM

must be some hocus-pocus stuff.

Also mullet, what size tank do you have, and what is the surface area. Techinacally all tanks inhabitants should be determined by surface area, the bigger the better.

mullet 02-26-2007 08:29 PM

My tank is 30x12x16. Approx 28 gal.

Melissa 02-26-2007 08:48 PM

with saltwater fish you have to follow the bahavior rule more than the inch per gallon rule.

caferacermike 02-26-2007 11:41 PM

His trates are 5 if you look back.

In a 28g I'd either pick one nice fish that gets about 4" or so or maybe a couple of small gobies or blennies. I certainly would cram it full of fish.

musho3210 02-27-2007 04:57 PM

well i just found out that if you do small fish (4 inches or less) you follow the 2 inch per 10 gallon rule, if the fish is bigger than 4 inches its 1 inch per 10 gallon, its a very basic rule and should only be used very rarely

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