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Old 02-01-2010, 04:40 PM   #11
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I wasn't referring to the fish you mention, I was referring to the fish listed in your "My Tanks" section... To clarify..

Regarding what you are looking for.. I think you'll probably be authoring it.
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Old 02-01-2010, 06:19 PM   #12
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Ok, I will do a bit of research and see what sort of general rules of thumb I can dig up world-wide on the subject and post my results at a later date.
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I think what many folks are trying to say is that even if you find a "average" rule of thumb, it really doesn't help you. Stocking should be done based on the full grown size of the fish - just because the fish is small doesn't mean it doesn't need less than "minimum tank size".

Equating this to a children's growth chart that you get at the doctor's office is actually a good analogy. The thing with those growth charts is that unless your child is in the 50% percentile range... it really doesn't help you know anything. You may have a child (or fish!) that's in the 10% range or the 99.9% range, but you don't know that until after it's happened. And just because they're in that range now, doesn't mean they'll continue to be in that range. In the end, when they're done growing... they're done growing - and that's when you'll know how tall/big they'll be! Really no different than fish.
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Do we have metrics around the average time each type of fish stops growing or reaches full adulthood. I would like to know if a clownfish will grow for 5 years or 3 or 7. Same for dogface puffer.
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If you do find some info on this eatsomepopcorn - let us know!

It's almost like finding out how long a piece of string is
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I personally think that this is very good info.

With the cost difference between fish of varying sizes, my intentions are to by juvies for my tank with intention that they are cheaper than full grown... which is what I really want.

However, how long does that take for them to reach the mature size. I suppose that is the question of the OP and has nothing to do with stocking or anything else.
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Growth rates depend on a lot IMO. Tank size, food amount and type has everything to do with it IMO. I've heard of and seen monster growth rates in the same fish that doesn't grow much over years where food and tank sizes prolly dictated everything.
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