This is my 55 gallon community. Is it overstocked?
2 very small angelfish
2 gold gouramis
1 pearl gourami
9 neon tetras
5 platies (never have babies survive in this tank)
3 cory catfish
1 albino rainbow shark (never comes out of his log ornament)
Hello. I just thought I'd run the number on AqAdvisor. Anyway, here are the results;
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2 x Angelfish (Pterophyllum scalare)
2 x Blue Gourami (Trichogaster trichopterus)
9 x Neon Tetra (Paracheirodon innesi)
1 x Rainbow Shark (Epalzeorhynchos frenatum)
5 x Platy (Xiphophorus maculatus)
4 x Molly (Poecilia sphenops)
1 x Pearl Gourami (Trichogaster leerii)
3 x Albino Cory (Corydoras aeneus)
Warning: Neon Tetra may become food for Angelfish.
Warning: Blue Gourami is not recommended to be with Pearl Gourami - they may agressively fight.</B>
Warning: Blue Gourami is too aggressive to co-exist with Neon Tetra.
Warning: Rainbow Shark is too aggressive to co-exist with Neon Tetra.
Note: Rainbow Shark may jump - lids are recommended.
Warning: Neon Tetra may become food for Rainbow Shark.
Suggestion: If you want to keep more than 1 Platy, minimum recommend male to female ratio is 1:2 (M:F). You will be less likely to experience problem if you get even more females.
Suggestion: If you want to keep more than 1 Molly, minimum recommend male to female ratio is 1:2 (M:F). You will be less likely to experience problem if you get even more females.
Warning: Pearl Gourami is not recommended to be with Blue Gourami - they may agressively fight.</B>
Warning: At least 4 x Albino Cory are recommended in a group.
Recommended temperature range: 24 - 25 C. [Display in Farenheit]
Recommended pH range: 7 - 7.5.
Recommended hardness range: 11 - 15 dH.
Recommended water change schedule: 40% per week.
Your aquarium stocking level is 126%.
It could be better, mainly the compatibility. Stocking is a entirely individual thing IMO. It depends on a lot of factor. So IMO take the Aqadvisor number with a bit of salt. It says funny stuff about my stocking.
I agree that it may not be overstocked, but the compatablility of those fish is of concern to me, especially regarding the different types of gourami, and the rainbow shark with cories (rainbows dont like other bottom dwellers, I use to have one myself and know what they are like). Neons dont normally enjoy the same water parameters as mollies, and neons are tasty for angels when they grow large enough to eat them. Also, cories really should be in groups of around 5-6, 4 being scrapping the bottom of their shoal size.
But for your question of being overstocked, not really, again as previously said I too believe it goes with your personal opinion, your care and upkeep of water changes, as well as the filter you have on your tank.
I didn't say it was overstocked, I just ran AqAdvisor to give everyone a general idea. AqAdvisor also gives good warnings.
I agree with what's been mentioned. Interesting that the AqAdvisor does quite well on the compatibility issues, not just relying on plain numbers. If you read our profiles of these fish, you will find similar information on compatibility, what to avoid, etc. And as others have mentioned, that is actually of far more importance than the numbers of "fish."
Non-compatibility, which covers many things, means the fish are under varying levels of stress because of the various factors. And that weakens their immune systems, which means other health issues that would otherwise probably never occur might. And this affcts water quality. So in other words, it is a continuing circle of cause and effect. Good maintenance (regular large water changes) and live plants can both help, but not cure the underlying issue of the non-compatibility.
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