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Old 03-19-2012, 06:02 PM   #1
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stipulations where being overstocked is ok

are there cases where being overstocked is OK?
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Old 03-19-2012, 06:04 PM   #2
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ive only seen people suggest this in african tanks to try and control aggression
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Old 03-19-2012, 06:07 PM   #3
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because I can acknowledge I know my tanks are overstocked but I have overkill/extra filtration and do at least 50-60% water changes at least every 7 days and their is no aggression issues..

so do people agree that its not the end of the world to be overstocked in some cases?

if you know what your doing, fish aren't being harmed and water parameters never get out of hand (0-0-<20)

what's your thoughts and opinions?
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Some people tried to tell me that having 180 neons, 10 black neons, 10 harlequin rasboras, 12 albino corys, 4 gold dojos, 4 angelfish, 4 zebra botias, 6 GBR, 2 dozen ghost shrimp, apple snails and a partridge in a pear tree in a 115g was overstocked.

Considering the bio-load, the heavy planting, the different levels the fish swim at, weekly 50% or more water changes,2 Fluval 405s, 2 HOBs, I highly doubt I was over-stocked. I had no aggression issues with the angels vs the neons. Still have no problems.

Sadly, most of the smaller stock was lost to the dreaded camallanus worm brought in by new stock. Which is why I QT for 2 months now.
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IMO there is a fine line between a manageable overstock, and a tank that clearly had no justification in being stocked a certain way(because of stupidity or lack of knowledge).
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Overstocking indicates an inability to maintain proper parameters given your maintenance schedule. So no... there are no situations where overstocking is ok. Overcrowding, yes. Overstocking, no.
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IMO there is a fine line between a manageable overstock, and a tank that clearly had no justification in being stocked a certain way(because of stupidity or lack of knowledge).
I agree with the knowledge factor being the majority of the issue
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Overstocking indicates an inability to maintain proper parameters given your maintenance schedule. So no... there are no situations where overstocking is ok. Overcrowding, yes. Overstocking, no.
very good way to put that.. thank you for using clarification words
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Some people tried to tell me that having 180 neons, 10 black neons, 10 harlequin rasboras, 12 albino corys, 4 gold dojos, 4 angelfish, 4 zebra botias, 6 GBR, 2 dozen ghost shrimp, apple snails and a partridge in a pear tree in a 115g was overstocked.

Considering the bio-load, the heavy planting, the different levels the fish swim at, weekly 50% or more water changes,2 Fluval 405s, 2 HOBs, I highly doubt I was over-stocked. I had no aggression issues with the angels vs the neons. Still have no problems.

Sadly, most of the smaller stock was lost to the dreaded camallanus worm brought in by new stock. Which is why I QT for 2 months now.
I feel like if you can make it work, what's the problem.. you have plenty of filtration, a good pwc schedule, different level fish, a good understand, minimal aggression, and I bet great parameters!

but I'm not going to lie, those numbers are overwhelming, I'm not saying g I think your overstocked but the numbers are the "wow" factor

sounds like a beautiful array of fish, I bet you have a beautiful tank
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Overstocking indicates an inability to maintain proper parameters given your maintenance schedule. So no... there are no situations where overstocking is ok. Overcrowding, yes. Overstocking, no.
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