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Old 01-10-2009, 07:17 PM   #11
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I'm at capacity with 6 small fish in a 55 gallon tank? I think you may have read incorrectly and think that my 10 gallon sump is the main tank? I already tried giving my LFS a call and they don't want to take them back now since the two I have left from there have spent more than a couple weeks in my possession and I think they're worried my fish may have a disease or something and start causing problems for the rest of their stock
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Old 01-10-2009, 07:39 PM   #12
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Yeah your LFS really steered you wrong. His job is to sell fish and that`s what he did. At least you know now. If you are going to keep them you`ll need to do frequent PWC`s to keep the ammonia down which will slow down the cycle. A tank full of damsels is going to be a pretty mean tank later on. I would not deal with that LFS again if it was me.
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I'm at capacity with 6 small fish in a 55 gallon tank? I think you may have read incorrectly and think that my 10 gallon sump is the main tank?
Nope... I'm not reading incorrectly. In my opinion, 6 damsels (whether they're big or small) in a 55g is pretty much maxed out. Six fish of just about any size - unless they're tiny gobies or something - is pretty close to max. Others may have different opinions on stocking levels though.

Sounds like you're experienced in freshwater and may be assuming that saltwater is the same as far as stocking levels. SW tanks are stocked far more sparsely than FW tanks.
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Sounds like you're experienced in freshwater and may be assuming that saltwater is the same as far as stocking levels. SW tanks are stocked far more sparsely than FW tanks.
I agree with Kurt. SW tanks are stocked with fewer fish than FW tanks. When I had my 55 it only had 6 fish in it. That`s why I say your LFS didnt have a clue. He was in it for the sale. We have all had to learn this one way or another.
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Old 01-10-2009, 10:46 PM   #15
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Sorry about your Damsels. I wish you would of found the Fishless Cycle Article earlier.... :-(
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From skimming (that'd make this skimmate XD ) your posts I agree with the rest that cycling may have been the problem and luckily for you easily resolved. I would leave the skimmer off until cycling has ceased. As far as amount of fish is concerned, well, different strokes for different folks. Stocking is much like chess in knowing what you can get away with without adversely affecting the health of your livestock. I do not believe 6 fish, especially damsels, is anywhere near overstocking a 55g. To be quite honest, I have 5 fish in my 20g swimming quite merrily. Anyways, the reason reef tanks of old and somewhat still to this day do not stock as many fish is because the idea of a reef aquarium was to display invertebrates and lets face it, majority of fish feed from the reef in one form or another. If someone does not want to heavily stock their reef aquarium with fish then that is just fine, but that doesn't mean the aquarium isn't able to process and maintain the bioload as long as the aquarist is responsible for its upkeep.
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deb, no such thing as a stupid question
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a domino damsel will grow to 5'' and all damsels are very Territorial to the point of destroying their tank mates (usually)
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Most fish will grow just under their maximum in aquariums or at least their rate slows greatly. It may take years before the damsel reaches maximum growth potential (dominos normally reach a max of 4" with some I've seen as large as a football). Even then, the majority of fish we keep, if going by their eventual size, grow far too big for most aquariums under 100g.
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James, while I agree with you that depending on the fish, 5-6 fish is not overstocking a 55, would you want to put anyting else in a tank with 5 -6 damsels already in it?
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