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Old 01-05-2013, 07:52 AM   #1
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Overstocked?

New to the hobby, got a 55 gal tank. How many is too many? Just trying to work out stocking quantities at the moment? Please help??
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:31 AM   #2
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In terms of mbuna-keeping, "overstocking" and "too many" do not necessarily mean the same thing (assuming that you are stocking mbuna's, which you may or may not be). Overstocking mbuna's is a way to minimize aggression (though not the only way so it is not necessarily the way to go).

8-12 is probably adequately stocked. Less than 8 would be considered understocked which can lead to aggression issues depending on the species and specimens involved.

Overstocking for a 55gal would be approaching or exceeding 18-20 (give or take).

If you're dealing with non-mbuna's and especially non-african cichlids then none of the above may apply.
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Thanks for you're response. I have currently got 12 African cichlids in the tank, but was thinking about getting 2 more, but I'm thinking that I should probably hold off off those 2 now, by the sounds
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