Overcrowding tank setup?

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    I have read that you should keep up to a certain amount of fish per the size of your tank? So how many can my 90cm hold?
     
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    I think

    Well it all depends on the size of the fish and the decor in it.
     
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    Well, lets say minimal rock feature, medium sized drift wood(artificial) and partially planted with a fair amount of open water!
     
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    And what fish do you have inmind?
     
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    Mostly tetras, some zebra danios, single red-tail shark, maybe a bronze cory?
     
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    No right answer.

    You could have 20 Rummy Noses but you couldn't put an Oscar in. Depends on the size of the fish, their needs and whether they are schoolers
     
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    The general rule is 1 inch of fish per US gallon of water. So if you have a standard 3ft (90cm) tank, it is likely a 20 gallon. So you can keep 20 inch of fish, which works out to 51cm. Only 10 fully grown tetras...:evil: doens't seem right, does it? Most people keep much more than that in a 3ft tank. Of course, with better filtration you can "overstock", but you still need to keep up with regular water changes.

    On the other hand, this 1 inch per gallon rule cannot be applied to fish that are tall (angels, discus) or fish that produce a lot of waste (discus, plecos) or fish that require enormous swimming space. Furthermore, you can't keep a single 51cm fish in a 3ft either...
     
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    Well i guess schooling fish, size based on whats available in most LFS.
    So id say +/- 2-3cm per fish!
    And thanks in advance on comments!
     
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    I would get at least 10 tetras and 5 or 6 danios,the way i decide when theirs tomany fish is when they can swim 5 seconds without communicating with anothere fish(with tetras if the group swims near a nother group or if they are sort of "pushed" to a certain part of the aquarium.But it all depends on what you want,if you want a bussy tank get many if you want a calm slow tank get less.
     
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    Also look at what the fish like. IE: A lot of people suggest that cory's be kept in a group of at least 6... Ask around on how many of each fish you should be getting. (Ask other hobbyists, not necessarily pet store owners)
     
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    I am all ears, open to suggestions!
    I see there's quite a few species specialist right here so I await there abundant knowledge! ie from Plants through to Fish!
     
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    Don't just wait... rather ask.

    And when you see someone who you think knows what he or she is talking about... PM them.

    Henk great person to get plant advice
    Zaf & Vee both plants and fish
    Fish fantasy knows her product additives and equipment.
     
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    Thanks much!
     
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    Hey Laure

    That rule is based on 1960's Gravel Filter Technology :rolleyes:, and still quite popular unfortunately. I also could not understand why I had oceans on water and a lonely fish in the middle. :p


    If you want to know what you can add and how much,
    www.thinkfish.co.uk have a community tank selector, as well as a good write up about stocking. Give it a try. It does not make adjustments for decorations and plants, but thats wherre common sense prevails.

    They also explain things such as why 1 tinfoild barb, athough it takes up the same space as 15 guppies, doesnt fit into a 2 foot tank, etc etc.
     
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    Because they get flippin huge. Biggest i've seen was about 45cm
     
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    Yup I know I got 4, the biggest being about 20cm, just using it as an example.
     
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    Agree here - REMEMBER the 1 inch rule is for the fish when FULLY grown, There is no hard and fast rule - it is a combination of common sense and investigation - when in doubt ask - but realize if you ask 10 people you will get 10 different answers - that is where the common sense comes in !!! :)
     
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    Well Said Zafgak! and thanks again to all.
    My decision comes to :
    4 Zebra Danios
    10 Cardinal Tetras
    4 Blue Tetras
    5 Corydoras (Bronze hopefully)
    1 Black Molly
    4 Glowlight Tetras
    Anyone willing to part with some of the above fishies... please PM me! ;)
     
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    Hi Aqua - Toss the danios (Not really, but they are such "common" fish :)
    Toss the Molly - keep it species

    When you collect the shark - I will donate 6 Blue Tetra's to your tank
     
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