Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 01-21-2014, 12:47 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Posts: 33
Getting stocking % right for 20 gallon

I have a planted 20 gallon long tiger barb tank. Well it was supposed to be a species only tiger barb tank, but as they matured I realised two of them are ruby barbs it has been set up for over 4 months, cycled before adding fish.

I have 2 ruby barbs, 3 albino and one green. Aq advisor says I can have 12 barbs in this tank and still be under 80% stocked (I'm using adult sizes) but that seems as though it would be grossly over stocked to me. I would like to add a couple of striped tigers, as that's what I really wanted in the first place...aqadvisor has always given me good advise, but I'm not sure this time.
I keep the water perfect at all times, ammonia and nitrites always 0, nitrates are rarely above 5-10. 2-3 water changes of 30-50% every week.
Any advise will be appreciated
__________________

__________________
Josie.paolillo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2014, 11:23 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Greta1981's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Southwest USA
Posts: 300
Hi Josie
You know I have no barbs of any kind, but I did some researching online and I really do agree that 12 in a 20 gallon is pushing the limit of safe stocking in spite of how great you are about keeping your water parameters perfect. I'd say 8 to 10 is more in the range of a reasonably stocked tank, again, just based on research I did today. Do barbs need to be in groups of a certain number, like tetras? Just wondering, in terms of the striped barbs, whether they might need a group of four.
__________________

__________________
Greta1981 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2014, 12:12 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Posts: 33
Thank Greta
They all hang around together and don't seem to mind they are different colours from each other, so I dont think it would matter if I only got 2 more striped ones, I think I will get three I've heard they do better in odd numbers, not sure how true it is but I've read it in a few different places so there must be something to it!
__________________
Josie.paolillo is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
20 gallon, gallon, stock, stocking

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
HELP new 10 gallon and re stocking a 20 gallon FiiishGuy Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 11 01-03-2014 04:22 PM
20 gallon long or 29 gallon stocking options zacheyp Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 18 11-24-2011 02:20 PM
Stocking plan for 29 gallon tank ashleynicole Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 11 09-14-2011 10:54 AM
20 gallon stocking? ok stocking? kim_luvs_fish. Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 0 09-09-2011 08:38 PM







» Photo Contest Winners







All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:02 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×