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    I have a Juwel Rio 125 which measures at around 110 litres (29 gallons). My filter is a JBL Cristal Profi e901 which is rated for tanks up to 300 litres. Now, my tanked is currently stocked but I have a future stocking plan which is:

    1x Female Bristlenose Pleco
    2x Bolivian Rams
    2x Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlids
    3x Male Guppies
    5x Neon Tetras
    2x African Dwarf Frogs
    1x Honey Gourami
    5x Black Phantom Tetra

    Now According to Aqadvisor my tank is big enough to support these fish, im just slightly concerned about the filter. Manufacturers always over exagerate how much water they can move, and the pleco produces a lot of waste, so is my filter going to be able to handle the bioload?
    Last edited by serbusfish; 01-26-2014 at 04:54 PM.


    27 Gallon planted: Super Dragon Betta, Neon Tetras, Honey Gourami, Rummy Nose Tetra, Checker barbs, Bolivian Ram, Otocinclus, Amano shrimp, Assassin snails.

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    You can always add an additional filter or a smaller canister filter as well. Just remember you will still have to siphon up fish poop from those pleco's on occasion if you see it not getting sucked up.
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    I don't think a 29 is big enough for two pairs of cichlids. I'd stick to one or the other having both could end bad. Other then that. You might have problems between the cichlids and the gourami but that would depend on the individual fish. Other then that it looks ok look at increasing the size of the neons would be my only other suggestion.
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    Its always advisable to have two filters running on a tank, whether one filter can handle the bioload or not. Having two filters allows you some leeway on filter maintenance, as well as a backup should one fail for whatever reason, or to instantly cycle a new tank.

    You didn't ask advice on your stock, but I too think you have a bit too much going on there. You'll have a lot colour and motion with your chosen fish, which will actually detract from the overall viewing of the tank, IMO. I used to stock like that also, but have since come to prefer less numbers of species in my tank.
    You already have a lot of colour in the tank, so the guppies will not stand out at all, I would exclude them and bump up your neons and phantoms. I also would choose either the bolivians or the apistos, especially if you are getting m/f pairs, there may be aggression there once they start to breed. Or, maybe keep the two pairs and ditch the gourami, tho I would lean to only getting one mating pair of cichlids.

    Whatever you decide, you have a nice tank now, I look forward to seeing the remake!

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    Also be aware that the frogs will need special care when feeding, and plenty of plants to help them climb to the top of the tank for air. They aren't good swimmers and will need places to rest on the way up.
    20 gallon with a male betta, neons, glowlights, and red cherry shrimp. (work in progess) Recently added a few LIVE plants and driftwood, Woooohoooo!

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    + 1 to sheamurai, her suggestion of bumping up your two sets of tetras to say 8 and excluding the guppies makes alot of sense. the tetras will be happier and the guppies produce alot of waste. Also having only one species of Cichlid is wise also, as they will be fighting over territory all the time and be ready to rehome one of the Cichlid's if they are not compatible.

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    Thanks for the reply's. Im quite surprised people are saying there will be too much colour with this stocking, I thought that's the idea of having tropical fish! Its also why I wanted some male guppies as their patterns and colours really stand out, plus they would fill out the top layer of the tank.

    I was under the impression these 2 cichlids would be ok in a tank my size, if not I might go for the Bolivian Rams as they are hardier iirc? Although the colours on the Apistos are fantastic..

    I have dwarf frogs now and they have no problem getting to the surface for air, they dont need plants to climb up they just shoot up from the substrate then straight back down again :P

    Regarding filters I might pick up an internal JBL Cristalprofi as they use hardly any power and arent too expensive.


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    Yes the Bolivian's will be more hardy as well as more peaceful but they are still a Cichlid. Maybe keep 2 male guppies, I was thinking more of your bio-load than to much color, you can never have to much color.
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