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Old 07-25-2012, 06:29 PM   #1
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Overstocking 101

Want to know how to overstock a tank? Do what the majority of people in my town do. It seems as if nobody properly stocks a tank. I believe I have seen one person with a well stocked tank, he had some platys and white skirt tetras in a 29 gallon. I have seen people put bettas in 1/3 gallon cubes, I have seen people put two fantail goldfish in a one gallon bowl, but this topped the cake: Today I was in the fish section of walmart and a guy started talking about the fish he had. He said he had an Oscar and a common pleco, both ≈8 inches long. He started rambling on and on about the whacky things they ate, and I thought, I doubt this guy has a big enough tank for these fish. And then he said, "And the crazy thing is, since they are so big, those are the only 2 fish that I can put in my 5 gallon tank!" I almost passed out. He also continued to say that the fish were not fond of each other, And they always stayed on separate sides of the tank. How in the world can 2 8 inch fish stay on opposite sides of the tank when in a 5 gallon? This overstocking rivals an ad put in my local classifieds for a 20 gallon tank containing 40 convict cichlids......
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Old 07-25-2012, 07:18 PM   #3
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Just 10 minutes ago I was looking on craigslist and there is someone selling a 30 gal. Tank with 11 inch Oscar and a 10 inch jack Dempsey in it. There's even a pic. Poor fish
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How are those fish even still alive? And lasted long enough to grow that big??
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I was wondering the same thing.....
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Old 07-25-2012, 08:23 PM   #6
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How are those fish even still alive? And lasted long enough to grow that big??
Yeah I know. And how can the owner not tell the tank is to small just by looking at it
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Here is the pic from the listing!
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Perhaps he misspoke, or overestimated the sizes of the fish, or is mistaken about what size tank he has?

But if we skip giving people any benefit of the doubt, we do get to feel morally superior when we look at their aquariums condescendingly
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Here is the pic from the listing!
Oh my goodness. I thought (hoped) you were joking. Wow, totally speechless
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Old 07-25-2012, 08:38 PM   #10
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Yeah I know. How does someone think that's ok?
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