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FishMad 10-04-2010 04:57 PM

Advice Wanted on stocking my 5ft
 
Hi all,

I was just wondering if anyone could give me some ideas on the stocking level of my 5ft. I am happy with it for the most part, knowing that the fish I currently have are going to grow quite large however, at times, the tank looks empty as the fish hide a lot.

I have in the tank at the moment:

x2 Clown Loaches (8cm)
x2 Angel Fish (10cm)
x3 Gouramis (9cm)
x3 Silver Dollars (10cm)
x1 Ghost Knife Fish (8cm)
x2 Peppered Corydoras (3cm)
x1 Long Finned Bristlesnose (8cm)
x1 Whiptail (20cm, including whip)
x5 Mystery Snails
x4 Kuli Loahes

Now, as I stated earlier, these fish are in a 5ft aquarium, with an Eheim Classic 600 filter, 200W heater whih easily keeps the water temp between 25 and 27 degrees (we are in QLD Australia so temps are getting quite high as we are in spring heading for summer).

We have 2 beautiful Anubias on driftwood that we attached ourselves, x2 Java Ferns (1 is tiny, the other is medium), x1 medium Crypt, x2 lilyeopsis (sp? the grassy looking plant) and another tall, bushy looking plant (can't remember its name).

So, the question, would I be able to add any mid area, active swimmers in the tank without bio overload and stunting the growth of my current fish? I just feel like I would like some smallish fish to display activity and show that there are in fact fish in the tank.

Any advice would be much appreciated, thanks.

There are plenty of hiding places within the tank, live plants and

kitten_penang 10-04-2010 06:25 PM

x2 Peppered Corydoras (3cm)

need at least 4 more of these and since you have fish that will grow quiet large really small fish like neon are out of the question.maybe high fined tetra r the larger tetras will be ok as long as they are big enough not to fit in the mouths of the BGK

bones14 10-04-2010 06:47 PM

How about a larger group of smaller,schooling fish like Tetras or Rasboras?

burnsbabe 10-04-2010 10:49 PM

You're never going to see those Khulis unless you get several more either. They're really shy. The Clown Loaches need more than two also, if memory serves.

If the angelfish aren't already a pair I'd say you might need a couple more of them too. But that depends on how long the ones in the tank have been there already.

Gotta be honest. I think you're pretty stocked.

eatmysox 10-04-2010 11:23 PM

I have used a website that tells me about the stocking levels. I believe it was actually created by someone on this forum, but it will let you know the stocking levels of your tanks. Check it out at aqadvisor.com I have found that its usually alright to go to 120-130 percent as long as you have space. With a five foot tank I am guessing it is around 120 US gallons so I put in a few of your specs of course I don't know everything and it says your tank is stocked at about 123 percent. So you could probably get away with something small. I will say that Clown loaches are like most other loaches and like groups of 3 or more preferably 5 and +1 to the adding more peppered corys you should have at least 5 as well. Maybe look into danio's I have a few of the longfin golden zebras they are great with my gouramis and fast enough to avoid things bigger then them, maybe rainbow fish or a bigger tetras I think the angels will eat smaller ones like neons.

burnsbabe 10-05-2010 12:02 AM

I think it's important to note that although you might be okay to add some kind of little thing here right now, a lot of your current stock is going to get bigger. The Clown Loaches, the Silver Dollars, the Ghost Knife, and the Gouramis all get fairly large.

So if you want to add something else for now, you can. But you're gonna have to rehome some of your inhabitants eventually.

kitten_penang 10-05-2010 01:00 AM

yup so true


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