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Old 10-07-2004, 12:27 PM   #1
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how many fish?

i've heard the 1 inch per 5 gal rule before. this is based on full grown size, right? how long does it take fish to get that size?

It seems like most tanks listed here are WAY overstocked based on this rule. I have a 54g corner bowfront, and that means only 11" of fish.

at a minimum I was hoping to do something like :
2 clowns
1 goby/blenny
1 firefish
3 chromis

but at full size, this is twice the rule! What is this rule based on? Territorial fighting? Overall bioload?

54g all-glass bowfront corner planted FW

Red tiger lilly, Rotala Indica, Sagittaria Subulata, Micro Sword, Cardinal Plant
Fluorite Black sand and gravel
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Old 10-07-2004, 01:41 PM   #2
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i would go for it

i am " overstocked"

just make sure u have a good filter and you wil be fine


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Old 10-07-2004, 01:49 PM   #3
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I asked about this too, a while back:


I think the basic answer was, "it depends."
75-gallon SW tank with 29-gallon sump
Euroreef ES5-3
2x Maxijet powerheads
Mag drive 9 return
Coralife 4x65 Lunar Aqualight
120 lbs rock from liverocks.com
1 peppermint shrimp and 1 fire shrimp (very shy)
2 black Ocellaris, Squish and Smudge
3 chromis, too identical to name as yet, in QT
10-gallon tropical
29-gallon with two goldies, Carrot and Orangehead
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