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Old 10-06-2004, 07:19 PM   #1
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i would like to add three or four green chromis to add some movement in my tank. However, iam afraid I may be above my bio-load. Her is what I have...72 gal. tank with 120 lbs of LR, 20 gal. sump with 30 lns LR rubble. purple tang, regal tang, copperband butterfly, royal gramma, yellow watchman, two percs. Can I handle the bio-load of more fish? Anomia/nittite are 0, nitrate 2.5. Thanks...lando
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I wouldn't recommend it Lando. If everything is healthy and thriving right now it is not worth the risk. Besides I think your current fish load will easily exceed the 14" of fish (minus tail) recommended for a 72g.
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IMO 3 would be ok.... If you keep up on the water changs and watch your NO3 IMO you will be fine. Hell I have a lot of fish in both of my tanks and they are happy and the NO3 is around 0 in my reef and 5 in my 55. Just test the water on a regular basis. I have refugiums on both tanks which helps out a lot.
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The water volume from your sump will give a few extra inches of fish. Still looks tight though.
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I've got 2 in my 75g and they stay together. I've heard that an odd number is best, but everytime I tried that, somthing happened to one of'm. So, maybe 2 would be less of a bio-load concern for you?
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I've got 2 in my 75g and they stay together. I've heard that an odd number is best, but everytime I tried that, somthing happened to one of'm. So, maybe 2 would be less of a bio-load concern for you?
I have 2 also. They used to get along great and swim the tank together. One has now become dominant and is pretty mean to the other one but because they are still close in size it hasn't become a serious issue (yet).
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i think you'll be fine.

since i have the same size tank (75) and more fish. but mine are all small, no tangs in there.
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