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Old 02-16-2019, 04:45 PM   #1
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Have lived by this mostly however in reading and listening to other aquarium people I understand there are other variables to consider. I have a 55 gal tank freshwater. My outside canister filters 415 gal per hour. It’s a medium planted aquarium. I do water changes every 10-14 days and change water while at nitrates are at 25ppm. Here is my question I’ve added up my “inches” and now have 64 inches of fish. I would love to add 8 cherry barbs for their color. Currently I have 7 Rainbow, 3 Cory, 1 bristled nosed pleco, 8 silver tip tetra, 2 long tailed Congo tetre, 2 albino Congo tetra and 4 flying silver fox of which I likely will remove when the get too big. Do you think I should stop or would the cherry barb be safe to add. No current fish problems.
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The one inch rule isn't really a good way to go about stocking a tank. In some cases it can work great but many others its just way off. Also were you doing the 1" rule for their full grown size or the size they are right now? It has to be 1" per gallon for their full size. Still get rid of the 1" rule and try out aqadvisor.com. nice site that will calculate if you are stocked properly.
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Have lived by this mostly however in reading and listening to other aquarium people I understand there are other variables to consider. I have a 55 gal tank freshwater. My outside canister filters 415 gal per hour. It’s a medium planted aquarium. I do water changes every 10-14 days and change water while at nitrates are at 25ppm. Here is my question I’ve added up my “inches” and now have 64 inches of fish. I would love to add 8 cherry barbs for their color. Currently I have 7 Rainbow, 3 Cory, 1 bristled nosed pleco, 8 silver tip tetra, 2 long tailed Congo tetre, 2 albino Congo tetra and 4 flying silver fox of which I likely will remove when the get too big. Do you think I should stop or would the cherry barb be safe to add. No current fish problems.
Hello Judy...

Up your water changes to 50 percent or more every week and you could certainly add a few more small fish. Just do your homework and make sure all the different species will get along.

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The one inch rule isn't really a good way to go about stocking a tank. In some cases it can work great but many others its just way off. Also were you doing the 1" rule for their full grown size or the size they are right now? It has to be 1" per gallon for their full size. Still get rid of the 1" rule and try out aqadvisor.com. nice site that will calculate if you are stocked properly.
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