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Old 01-30-2006, 03:53 AM   #1
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Joy & anquish in new tank -- and shrinking aquariums

There is such joy and such anguish when one starts stocking a new aquarium. It's always fun to put fish in your tank and watch them explore their new home. But there is an anguish when choosing the next fish. Which one should I get? Compatibility? Bioload? Aggression? Appearance? Functionality?

I have a 15 gallon tank with 6 glolite danios so far. I want some bottom dwellers. So I think I'll get about 5 corys. Then I think no, that many corys will push the bioload too much and too few corys makes for a lonely fish. Then I think I'll get some red cherry shrimp, but I'm not sure that the danios will leave them alone.

I said this once before. I'm absolutely astonished at how small my aquarium is becoming. As I've learned more, my tank has gotten smaller and smaller. I thought 15 gallons had lots of room for lots of little fish (at least 25 fish). Now I know that this tank can really only house 5-10 fish depending on size. Where did all that extra fish space go?
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Old 01-30-2006, 07:30 AM   #2
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Actually Coolchinchilla, you are experiencing Shrunked Tank Syndrome. Over time tanks shrink in size. The only way to prevent this from happening is to buy a HUGE tank. STS will still occer, but it will take you longer to feel the symptoms. We thought we could have tons of fish in our 150 gal tank. Boy were we wrong. It has shrunk in size and feels incomplete.
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i have a ghost shrimp in my 20gal that i thouht got eaten ahwile ago, but none of my fish seem to bother him.

I agree with fishyfanatic.
I remeber thinking that my 10gal was huge, and then my 20 gal was huge, and then i got my 55gal WOW! Now It feels like nothing will ever be big enough. I suppose i will have to buy seaworld next....maybe i will just go with the ocean haha
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What kind of fish are you talking about? Is this a 15 long? I could see 20 small fish in that, easily. What kind of filtration are we talking? I have a 2.5 that is heavily planted with 3 ottos and 8 white clouds. You think its a lot? Tell that to my fish who are pigs, and have colors you wouldn't think a minnow could have.


Bioload depends on your filtration and plants. You could EASILY add 5 cories imo...
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i agree that you can add quite a few fish. but if u want to add more fish i would suggest getting some live plants. and aslong as you keep up with your water changes your fish will be very happy. just try to keep fish that are relativly the same. u could keep 2 nice sized schools of tetras along with your bottoms feeders. it wont see that crowded becasue most tetras will swim in all the upper regions of the tank giving them about 10 gallons to themselves because the cories are always near the botom. so 2 schools of 5 is 10 fish in 10 gal and then 5 cories have 5 gal to themselves. that is not a bad bioload if u ask me.
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yeah, they are pretty small-bodied fish, I wouldn't see much of a problem with it as long as you take care of things. And sorry, I already bought the ocean. lol. I'd be happy to let it go for say...$1000? haha
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STS LOL, I have that. Even my 125 seems small in stocking possibilities now. STS leads or feeds MTS I think.
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Zagz, you've been seeing Bill's psychiatrist, haven't you? I believe her name is Dr. Ivana Phishtank? SHe is great in treating STS by dosing with MTS.
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Zagz, you've been seeing Bill's psychiatrist, haven't you? I believe her name is Dr. Ivana Phishtank? SHe is great in treating STS by dosing with MTS.
ROFLMAO, I mean that! I am dying here. That is so good.
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Zagz, you've been seeing Bill's psychiatrist, haven't you? I believe her name is Dr. Ivana Phishtank? SHe is great in treating STS by dosing with MTS.
LOL! STS is very very real. I think STS is the beginning of all these maladies with fish keepers. I still say that MTS is an illness independent of STS though they can be comorbid.
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