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Old 04-26-2009, 11:36 PM   #1
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is my tank overstock?

hi, i will like to know if my tank is overstock. i have a 24 nanocube with 2 36watts pc with 10k bulbs. the tank has been running for 6 weeks. my water is at 0 amonia, 0 nitrite, 0 nitrate and salinity is 1.024. i do 5 gallons water change every week(buy water from pet store).
2 green chromis(since day one)
1 clownfish, ocelaris (nemo)
1 blood shrimp
1 skunk shrimp
1 coral banded shrimp
1 sallyfoot crab
1 emerald crab
2 porceland crab( i hevent seen them since i put them )
1 sun startfish
2 olive snails
8 turbo sanails
6 blue hermits crab
1 tree (i think is called hair brush)
few mushrooms and zoanthias
4 candy cane
and some kind of tree that is growing in the rock that the mushrooms came( it was not ther when i bought it)
evry thing looks fine but i notice that my candy cane are drying up and my clownfish got fin rot wich hopfully got cure with some peroxide that i aplaid yesterdy to it( it looks like it went well with the peroxide, the fish if acting normal )i have a bak pak skimmer
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Old 04-27-2009, 12:26 AM   #2
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I'm a member on some different sites and I have currently 3 baby angelfish and 2 mollies and a baby bichir in a 30 gallon tank, they acted like this was a death cube filled with hydrochloric acid so I guess don't ask me...I haven't found a site yet that doesn't have arrogant fish masters who are quick to judge and not very quick with actual solutions...I'm new here so hopefully this sites population is a bit more friendly (hoping)...so I guess you'll get about 10 responses all that say BUY A BIGGER TANK, but if the fish are alive, not attacking each other over territory, not strugling for oxygen and have move to swim around and enjoy themselves I say its fine, just check your water frequently and all should be fine
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Old 04-27-2009, 01:21 AM   #3
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WEll... your tank is only a nano. I don't know if those shrimps and crabs will add bioload as much as fishes do, but your tank has only been 6 weeks, yet you have that many inhabitants? I'm afraid, you have to go slow on this. YOu don't want to add too many things at once.
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Old 04-27-2009, 01:32 AM   #4
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the problem isnt the fish its the fact you have all that at once. Should of added sparingly. However damage done check water conditions and the conditons of the animals and everything could turn out well. One note I dont know much about saltwater aquariums however i research them alot and want one in a couple years when i have a permanent residance..... the different species of crabs im going to say are going to fight each other and im willing to bet that if one of them gets a chance at one of the shrimp theyll eat those too. in a 24 gallon tank there isnt much room to hide with that many bottom dwellers but thats just my 2 cents
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oh one for thing to add fish size (full grown) = amount of room needed 4 6 inch fish need about 24 gallons of water thats what Ive always been told
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Old 04-27-2009, 02:04 AM   #6
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hi, i will like to know if my tank is overstock. i have a 24 nanocube with 2 36watts pc with 10k bulbs. the tank has been running for 6 weeks. my water is at 0 amonia, 0 nitrite, 0 nitrate and salinity is 1.024. i do 5 gallons water change every week(buy water from pet store).
2 green chromis(since day one)
1 clownfish, ocelaris (nemo)
1 blood shrimp
1 skunk shrimp
1 coral banded shrimp
1 sallyfoot crab
1 emerald crab
2 porceland crab( i hevent seen them since i put them )
1 sun startfish
2 olive snails
8 turbo sanails
6 blue hermits crab
1 tree (i think is called hair brush)
few mushrooms and zoanthias
4 candy cane
and some kind of tree that is growing in the rock that the mushrooms came( it was not ther when i bought it)
evry thing looks fine but i notice that my candy cane are drying up and my clownfish got fin rot wich hopfully got cure with some peroxide that i aplaid yesterdy to it( it looks like it went well with the peroxide, the fish if acting normal )i have a bak pak skimmer
Welcome to AA. Overstocked usually refers to fish/ bio-load as far as bio-load I think you're fine. I'd watch your numbers closely nitrAte NitrIte and Ammonia. I don't have experince mixing crabs and shrimps like you have but that is all I'd be worried about so far.

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oh one for thing to add fish size (full grown) = amount of room needed 4 6 inch fish need about 24 gallons of water thats what Ive always been told
Fish per inches theory is never correct. Especially in a saltwater aquarium.
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Old 04-27-2009, 03:13 AM   #8
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You're high only on the amount that you added so fast. Keep doing the monitoring and water changes and you should be okay.
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thanks guys. the only thing is that the coral banded shrimp do not let anyone near him, but everything else looks ok. i havenever had a problem with my water readings, amonia nitrite and nitrate always reads 0.
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Inverts don't really add to the bioload. That coralbanded may cause problems n the future. They can tend to be quite nasty once they get bigger. Iv'e hear sallys can cause problems too, but I haven't had any issues.
What kind of starfish is that?
Is there any chance you can get a pic of the hair brush and/or the whole tank?
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