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    Red face Can I add more fish to my tank?


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    Hi all,

    I had my aquarium for a while and would like to do some additions. Please share your opinion.
    50 gallon
    lightly planted with real plants
    some rocks and two driftwood pieces for hiding places
    sand bottom
    1 redtail shark (2.5 inches)
    4 kissing gouramis (2x 5.5 inches, 2x3.5inches)
    3 african dwarf frogs (1inch)

    -i would like to add some loaches and was wondering if there's still space for them?
    thinking about 2-3 angelicus botias. I believe clown loaches would be too big for the tank.

    Please let me know your opinion.
    Also would the botia's eat the food of the frogs, since the latter are slow eaters?

    Thanks so much.

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    since you dont seem to have any major bottom dwellers the loaches should be a great addition to your tank. As far a eating the frog food, its first come first served usually on that topic.

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    I would think this could be too much fish

    The kissing gouramis will get about 6 inches and the red tail shark about 4 or 5 inches. Thats a lot of fish in a 50 gallon tank
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    Kissing gouramis exceed six inches. They may stay smaller in aquaria, but in the wild they push 12 inches. The red tail shark alone could occupy a 50 gallon due to its territoriality. Any other bottom dwellers will be relentlessly pursued. You may not be overstocked now, but as your fish grow, you will quickly face stunting , territorial aggression and water quality issues. I would recommend finding a new home for all the gouramis, as even a single one may be too much for a 50 gallon. You can keep the redtail, but not with other bottom dwellers. Some feisty top dwellers tough enough to stand up to the redtail, such as certain barbs, might be a possibility.

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    me too .
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    Thanks so much for all the answers. So you mean barbs instead of gouramis right? I saw a lot of tanks with loaches and red tail shark though. Are you sure there are no other bottom dwellers allowed? Will the RTS go after the frogs eventually?

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    You may have seen tanks containing both before, but they usually fall under 3 categories, or in more than one of the three. The first and best is that they are sufficiently monstrously large and well decorated to allow all fish to have their space. The second is that the fish are young and thus do not have the territorial urges of adults(as soon as the fish get bigger then mayhem ensues). The last is that there may be something else about the tank(lack of decoration, bad water, disease, etc) that stresses the fish so much that they do not behave the way a reasonably healthy fish behaves.
    Or else, have you observed the tank for a long time? Even the most territorial fish will not devote ALL of its life trying to fight others. A 5 minute glance may not show all of the tanks dynamics.
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