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Old 07-05-2011, 06:49 PM   #1
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How many fish

How many fish can I have in my 7 gallon tank?
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Old 07-05-2011, 07:01 PM   #2
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They say an inch per gallon. Based on how big it will be fully grown. But there are exceptions like goldfish. They need a 20 gal
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Oh because I have two goldfish 2 small fish and 3 corys I think that's what they are called.
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They say an inch per gallon. Based on how big it will be fully grown. But there are exceptions like goldfish. They need a 20 gal
the inch per gallon rule sucks
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They say an inch per gallon. Based on how big it will be fully grown. But there are exceptions like goldfish. They need a 20 gal
Agreed, the inch per gallon rule doesn't work.

Are you saying you have those fish now? (Oh because I have two goldfish 2 small fish and 3 corys I think that's what they are called.)
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Old 07-05-2011, 07:46 PM   #6
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Yeah youre overstocked with those goldfish. They crap allllooot so they need alot of water. The inch per gallon is a general guideline. You have to factor in waste output and actually body mass/surface area of fish. A 2 inch glass cat vs a 2 inch goldfish. The goldfish is a lot fatter and craps a lot more. Be sure to do frequent water changes and upgrade if u can
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Yeah youre overstocked with those goldfish. They crap allllooot so they need alot of water. The inch per gallon is a general guideline. You have to factor in waste output and actually body mass/surface area of fish. A 2 inch glass cat vs a 2 inch goldfish. The goldfish is a lot fatter and craps a lot more. Be sure to do frequent water changes and upgrade if u can
The inch per gallon rule doesn't work, a simple example is you can't put a 20 inch fish in a 20 gallon tank that's only 24 inches long.

If those are the fish you have, yes you are overstocked and have too many fish in it.
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I know. That's why I said all the other stuff
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I've heard that you can use it as a general rule for fish under 7 inches. I don't know if that's accurate. You could do a Betta tank with some inverts. Maybe some shrimp(Ghost, Cherry, Amano etc.) or a couple ADF's, or snails. Nerites are a good choice, you could do:
2 Nerites or
5-6 Shrimp or
2 ADF's
Maybe 1 Nerite and some Shrimp.
Or 1 Nerite and an ADF or 2.
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Oh because I have two goldfish 2 small fish and 3 corys I think that's what they are called.
You would be overstocked with either of those fish as stated above, Goldies get waaaaayyyyy too big and a group(5-6) of Cories need at least 10 gal.
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