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  1. #1

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    Hi moved into an apartment, and the previous tenant sold me his tank. Im not a noob, had a piranha tank 7 years ago but need some refresher and feedback!!

    It is an 20 gallon, 4 moss balls, lots of artificial plants, rocks, and 1 artificial coral..plenty of hiding space and swimming room in front.

    It has 2 filters. An internal 30i tetra tank (125 gph), however I dont use bio bag, I use sponge, purigen, and lots of biomax. And an aquatech 5-15 (90-100 gph) with bio foam, floss, and activated carbon.

    I would like feedback with the stock, Im thinking it may be much, but checked with aqadvisor and it says ok (106% - with "plenty of filtration)

    12- Neon Tetras
    1 - Dwarf neon Rainbowfish (yes they are schooling fish, but this one seems happy and actively swimming, sometimes with neons!)
    1- Bolivian Ram (gets along with everyone, strange bond with my gourami, chasing it at times and sleeping-playing with it other times)
    1 -Red honey gourami (Gets chased by Bolivian, but is active and not shy or hiding, actually often follows the bolivian...until it gets chased haha)
    3 corys- Bolivian ram doesnt seem to mind them, often staying and sharing food in same territory.
    1 - Platy- does her own thing, doesnt bother or really get bothered. (does seem to eat alot, with stringy poop, I only give a pinch of flakes for tetra-rainbow and 2-3 pellets for corys-ram and fast on sundays, veggie mondays.

    Also the tetras swim in the front in morning-afternoon, and hide behind plants in evening- night, which is when everyone else is most active. so visually it doesnt look too overstocked.

    I have 3 questions.

    1) They seem fine together but is it too overstocked- heavy bio load, my understanding is im breaking the inch per gallon rule, but my fishes have small bioloads?

    2) could I add a German blue ram? my water paramater suits them ....6 ph, soft water, 0 ammonia/nitrite, 20 nitrate.

    3) Or should I trade in some of my fishes to create room for GBR? If so which one(s)
    Last edited by thomas989; 03-10-2014 at 04:05 AM.

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    sorry my ph is 6.8 not 6.0

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    Eastern NC

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    I hope you get help for your betta! - Slaphppy7   Here's a crayfish for you! - Slaphppy7   You need another fish. - Compass   No Message - Fishhook   thanks for the native fish research - Fishhook   


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    It looks like it should be good but I would not get a GBR they are very sensitive from what I have read.

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