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    Thanks for the welcome, all!

    The gourami is probably as big is he will get. Somewhere between 5-6in. It's hard to tell while he's swimming around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaphppy7 View Post
    AqAdvisor is pretty conservative, too....it's a good guide, but not "gospel"....I have tanks that do fine with well over the recommended amount of fish AA advises for me.
    Haha yup. I really only look to AqAdvisor, now, for filtration capacity. It's great to help newcomers get an idea of stocking plans, but I feel it errs on the side of caution. Plus, it does not take into account whether fish are bottom-dwellers or not. When talking tank space, my top-dwellers could give two hoots about what my cories are doing on the bottom of the tank.

    Per Advisor, my 55g is at 148% stocking capacity (169% filtration, though ) lol but that isn't taking into account that a good third of my biomass is from bottom-dwellers.

    It's a tough call, though, with your tank. I had about 35 tetras and rasbora in my 29g last year with a pearl gourami. I thought the tank was beautiful and lively, and I didn't have any issues with health or aggression. However, I moved a large group of neon tetras over to a different tank and I was blown away with the change in behavior of the remaining fish. Even the gourami colored up much more after the neons were removed.

    So I'm torn. I agree with Slap in that you could put 30 of them in there, but at the same time I agree with Sue in that you would have a much more interesting tank if you only got a dozen or so and then chose some variety to occupy the other levels of the tank. This way you will still have an impressive shoal of your tetras, but still give them a lot of open space to play in.
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    Wow, if you think aqadvisor is conservative, I'm terrible.....lol

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    OK, so I've decided on keeping the glowlight tetras to 12 individuals for mid level, then have 12 harlequin rasbora for top level, and up to four otos as a sort-of-bottom level. http://aqadvisor.com/AqAdvisor.php?A...rchMode=simple

    I was thinking of cories, but my gravel is probably too sharp for them and the LFS's don't really have anything else that is bottom dwelling besides more plecos.

    Added some of those rasboras today and I really saw a change in how my tetras and gourami behaved :D

    Thanks, guys.

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    Sounds like a good stocking plan, OP!

    Quote Originally Posted by Anders247 View Post
    Wow, if you think aqadvisor is conservative, I'm terrible.....lol
    Haha well, I think it is a great tool in getting a general idea of what you can do with a tank. I think its calculations for overall stocking tend to be conservative, but I've seen it swing both ways. Its biggest shortfall, I feel, is its inability to include the levels each fish occupies in its calculations. Its results can be very misleading in that regard, as it treats the stock as a homogeneous mixture. As stated above, it considers my 55g community very overstocked, but does not take into account that a third of my fish are bottom dwellers and glass lickers. The open swimming levels of the tank are actually sparsely populated and the fish have tons of room to swim around and play without bothering each other. On the other end of the spectrum, Advisor will tell you that you can stock a 29g with 15 sterbai cories and not even be at 100%. This is an extreme case but a good one that illustrates just how big of a role the occupying space of a given species plays in stocking and how horribly inaccurate the Advisor can be when it can't include that info in its calculations.

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    Tbh, I've never really trusted anything aqadvisor says.
    There's numerous inaccuracies, but it's not terrible. I just wouldn't use it.
    One funny thing is that they say that rainbow cichlids should be in groups of 8. Not.

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