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Old 01-13-2005, 01:18 AM   #1
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Overstocked

I'm considering getting a clown.... please take a look at my profile and let me know if you think I'm already overstocked ???

I've gotten my nitrates down to 5ppm and staying pretty constant with the new fuge, mangrove, and macros


by the way I know the yellow tang will have to go after it grows a little....
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Old 01-13-2005, 10:01 AM   #4
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I would say you are way overstocked already. I would be very hesitant adding another fish to that system. How long have all of those fish been in there? Sounds like you've had it stable for a while, but that is a huge bio-load for a 60G. I would say hold off on the clown.

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Yeah.... I was thinking I have alot.... but the inverts, corals don't count towards the bioload.... and I thought with the extra 15gal fuge that may I might still have a little load to play with......
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I think even with the fuge you are pushing it. I wouldn't say you need to take anything back to the LFS if your parameters are stable, but, even on the short side, you have about 22 inches of fish which (if you use the common 1" per 5 gallon rule) would mean you would need a 110G tank just to house the fish you have right now.

That being said, I do know of many people that have REALLY overstocked tanks, but they have extra filtration going and stay on top of their water changes and they have no issues.

Everyone has their opinion on the correct amount of fish, but if you constantly check up on your tank, you can get away with more.

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The thing that I worry about personally with overstocking came from a post written to me when I was developing my fish list. It was a story about someone's friend who kept a well maintained tank that was seriously overstocked but had perfect parameters. A power failure in the night killed all of this guys fish because there wasn't enough oxygen in the tank upon power failure to sustain the fish for any length of time. Once his power went out it was "lights out" for the fish as well. I try to bear that in mind when I'm considering new fish because I'd hate to see that happen to me. At that point it doesn't help that you have 50g of extra water sitting in containers below the tank. I aslo plan on getting a UPS for the system
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I think I counted 11 fish in 75gal capacity. I would agree like me you are probably overstocked at this point. We just need to find larger tanks, cheap.
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You might be over stocked but several of your fishes are bottom dwellers and are not always swimming around which leaves more room for fishes that swim in the water colum. Also maybe less swimming means they use less energy and produce less waste, so the bio-load might be lower.
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