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Old 09-16-2011, 11:01 PM   #1
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10 gallon, not sure if I overstocked.

Currently have a 10 gallon with a cascade 100 20 gallon filter. There are 17 fish. 3 platies, 3 guppies, 4 harlequin rasboras, 3 honey dwarfs, betta, ghost catfish, algae eater, and about 8 ghost shrimp. Ive had the tank up and fully cycled for about 5 months or so. I dont really do water changes because the fish die when I do and dont vacuum for the same reason. My tank never gets cloudy or the fish gasping or any signs of a failing tank. Its been fully stocked for about a month. Whats the usual limit for fish in a 10 gallon? Also have an amazon sword plant I just got today with the gourami and betta. I fees them very little every 3 days. Any takes?
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Old 09-16-2011, 11:11 PM   #2
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There's an issue since properly done water changes should NOT lead to fish dying. How much were you changing? The only reason why a PWC would lead to death (stress) is if you changed like 80% and the water temp and or pH was way off. Also not de-chlorinating the water could stress the fish out.
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Old 09-16-2011, 11:12 PM   #3
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I'm gonna day your overstocked. Also you really should be doing water changes weekly. If your fish are dying after them, are you using dechlorinator when you add water again?
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Old 09-16-2011, 11:24 PM   #4
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You are definitely overstocked, unfortunately.
Here's my recommended stocking for your tank:
8x Harlequin Rasboras
1x Betta (or 3x guppies)
8x Ghost Shrimp
1x algae eater (Assuming it's an oto, if not then no)

All of your other fish aren't appropriate for 10 gallon aquariums. Platies and ghost catfish should be in a 20g minimum, ghost cats also need to be in large schools or they will die of stress, and harlequin rasboras should be in a school of at least 6, but more is better. You could keep one or two HDGs in a 10 gallon, but not with your current stocking.
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Old 09-17-2011, 12:25 AM   #5
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I do use water conditioner but I dont do the water changes for fear of loosing fish. I do put a gallon of water back in due to evaporation about every week-two weeks and theyre fine. Ive had about 8 fish live with the same routine the whole time and never die. Its usually glofish and neon tetras. Aside from the platies fighting here and there but never any fin biting all the fish swim together throughout the tank. It looks fine to me but I def will keep an eye on it.
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Old 09-17-2011, 01:41 AM   #6
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That's a nice little tank too

Neon Tetras are cool, but they do stress and die easy. My gf's glows do just fine during water changes.
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I do use water conditioner but I dont do the water changes for fear of loosing fish. I do put a gallon of water back in due to evaporation about every week-two weeks and theyre fine. Ive had about 8 fish live with the same routine the whole time and never die. Its usually glofish and neon tetras. Aside from the platies fighting here and there but never any fin biting all the fish swim together throughout the tank. It looks fine to me but I def will keep an eye on it.
You have what they call Old Tank Syndrome.

That tank is heavily overstocked. I would suggest rehoming some fish and then keeping up on your daily water changes other than doing them to replace evaporated water.
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Ok so my hdg died, should have known not to buy it cause all the others at the store had fungal problems but this is the second to die newly from the store. The regular dwarf gourami started to show signs of black spots so hes in the gallon tank recovering. I took 2 gallons out from vacuuming today and no lost fish. Yay! The amazon sword plant is showing 3 more leaves coming in 3rd day in the tank. Prob get a new filter cartridge in a week. I should add one guppy is a feeder and.very small, hdg is about inch and a half, the betta doesnt get a chance to fight anyone hes too slow at charging and doesnt bother the cobra guppy, very cool looking too.
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Don't replace the filter cartridges. That'll mess up your tank.
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