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Thread: stocking question
01-04-2013, 11:56 PM #1
hi i want to add some more fish to my setup
i currently have
3 platy (how much can i get)
1 honey gourmai
in my 20 gallon.
it is planted, cycled.
it has a aquaclear 20 filter.
i am looking for something colorful and active.
i don't want any type of tetra.
i am probably going to up the platy numbers to 5 and guppies to 4
so what can i get?
01-05-2013, 06:52 PM #2
Once you up your platy and guppy numbers, and anticipating fry, your tank will be pretty much fully stocked, IMO.
When you rule out all tetras, you have severely limited yourself on colour for that size of tank. Just get different varieties of platy and guppy for more colour.
01-05-2013, 06:58 PM #3
I agree with sheamurai. With filling out those schools you are stocked.
The good news is platies and guppies are colorful and come in a variety of colors. They will add more color if you don't feel you have enough.
01-05-2013, 08:54 PM #4
Good advice so far. I would consider upgrading your filter though. Normally you should be aiming for a minimum of twice the rated size on the filter (40+ in your case). You'll probably be overrun with platies once they start breeding and your bioload will increase as a result.
01-05-2013, 10:56 PM #5
there are going to be no fry
the platy eat the fry
but they leave a few for the gourmai
i have had this setup for 6 months and after 6-8 hours no fry have been found
would that change anything
01-05-2013, 11:02 PM #6
Not really as to start with you should be aiming for double the rated filtration. Without this you will need to keep especially careful checks on your water parameters by using liquid test kits for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate (which ideally should be a part of your essential maintenance anyway).
01-06-2013, 10:59 AM #7
0Originally Posted by ~firefly~29: Harlequin Raspboras, Zebra Danios, Black Skirt Tetras, Platies, CAE
10: Neons, Otos, Amano Shrimp, Ghost Shrimp
01-06-2013, 12:45 PM #8
+1 on the increase in filtration - especially if you are adding more fish. You don't want ammonia issues.46 gal fw tank with black skirt tetras, neon tetras, spotted corys, cherry barbs, otoclinus, snails & 4 amano shrimp - plastic & live plants
5 gal QT
Remember: Our job is to take care of the water our fish live in
01-06-2013, 08:14 PM #9
i have already made a post before if i should add filtration
most of the people that replied said the double filtration is over rated and not necessary. they said that the fish i have like a no current. therefor no extra filter. i don't have the budget for one either.
01-06-2013, 08:27 PM #10
If you don't have the budget for more filtration, You don't have the budget for more fish.
More fish = More filtration required, It's math not opinion and it's not optional.
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