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Old 01-20-2005, 08:20 PM   #1
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How many is too many?

I got a 40 gallon tank going and i gathered most of my living organsims.

15x misc sea snails/hermit crabs
1 brittle star
3x cleaner shrimp
1 banded coral shrimp
1 fire shrimp (lysmata debelius)
3x peppermint shrimp
2x emerald crabs
2x misc crab
2x engineer goby
3x catfish like goby
2x common clown fish (pair)
2x black clown fish (pair)

1 sea anenome
1 silver tipped xenia
1 pumping xenia
1 colt coral
2x mushrooms (2 kinds)
1 starburst polyps
1 indonesian polyps

50lbs+ LR

Everything is working well together, no problems at all, water conditions optimum! I personally want to add another few main fish in there as well. All the present fish are fairly small.
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Old 01-20-2005, 08:49 PM   #2
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With eight fish in a 40, I would say you are pretty much maxed out.
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recommended fish capacity is 1 inch of adult fish per gallon of tank size( do not measure tail). With that being said you are at your very maximum for that tank
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thanks guys! good looking out!
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Old 01-21-2005, 11:45 AM   #5
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If you ever wonder if you are over-stocked, just turn to your water parameters. If they are all acceptable the stock is not too much for the filtering capabilities of the tank. However, the more you "push" this limit, the less buffer you leave yourself if something should go wrong. Plus, there is also a difference between "over stocking" as it pertains to your tank and "over crowding" as it pertains to your fish. When fish feel crowded they become stressed. We all know what that can lead to.
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