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Old 12-21-2011, 12:01 AM   #11
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Two weeks isn't bad, but I would base your additions on nutrient levels in the tank. It can take bacteria levels time to stabilize after an addition. If after 2 weeks, nitrates are in a good place, add a fish. If not, wait until they are.

Base the timeframe on what is actually happening in your tank, not a predetermined timeframe.

Also, I doubt you are QTing, so keep a close watch on each addition. Look for signs of stress, disease & parasites. Most people who QT do so for 30 days or so, also keep that in mind before you add your next fish. Your tank is kind f becoming a de facto QT, and you wouldn't want to add a new fish to a potentially compromised environment.
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Old 12-21-2011, 01:14 AM   #12
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I still think its to many fish for a 20G, I'd say 1 pair of clowns is it, top line.
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Old 12-21-2011, 01:16 AM   #13
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What do you guys think about the aquaclear 70 filter.
Yes. Aquaclear is cheap and good. I own one for my 30
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Old 12-21-2011, 11:09 AM   #14
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I used a AC70 in my 20 long and to be honest it was too much flow. Plus the intake tube was really close tot he sand I had and caused some filter jams. You could hacksaw part of the intake tube to make it smaller though.

And yes, its good to have you back Zach.

I can see you've come around as far as stocking a bit, still gonna be a packed tank but if you really really take care of the water you might be ok.
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The key is monitoring water & inhabitant conditions. If your water quality is low, or your fish are diseased/stressed/aggressive, stop adding fish & strongly consider reducing stock.

I have a heavily stocked 30 gal BUT I added fish slowly & monitored things. I also run strong filtration with a large skimmer on the sump, 2 reactors (1 biopellet & 1GAC) and change 10% every Sunday. My nitrates are 5 or less consistently, and phosphates undetectable
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It's about finding a balance. There is no magic stock list. That's why you add slow & monitor; do you can see when you reach the balance. Then you stop or upgrade.
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Old 12-21-2011, 04:25 PM   #17
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what filter would you reccomend instead?
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Old 12-21-2011, 04:26 PM   #18
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I like the aquaclear 70, but i guess you could do an aquaclear 50? They are cheap, like 20 bucks
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if i got the 70 would i need powerheads
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Old 12-21-2011, 04:41 PM   #20
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Ya probabaly. Powerheads provide flow to the whole tank...
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