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Old 02-02-2011, 08:33 PM   #1
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Am I overtocked?

36 gallon bowfront

- mated pair of clowns

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- fireshrimp goby

- bebgjai cardinal


8 fish total, also have some hermit crabs, 2 peppermint shrimps

not planning to anymore fish

planning to add some corals
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Old 02-03-2011, 11:55 AM   #2
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Yes... overstocked, in my opinion.
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Old 02-03-2011, 12:58 PM   #3
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36 gallon bowfront

- mated pair of clowns

- 3 chromis

- yewllow tail blue damsel

- fireshrimp goby

- bebgjai cardinal


8 fish total, also have some hermit crabs, 2 peppermint shrimps

not planning to anymore fish

planning to add some corals
Here is a link "How Many Fish?" Aquarium Stock Level Calculator to help answer your question.
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Old 02-03-2011, 02:09 PM   #4
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Generally I find that if you are asking the question you already know the answer is yes.
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Old 02-03-2011, 04:03 PM   #5
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Here is a link "How Many Fish?" Aquarium Stock Level Calculator to help answer your question.
According to that calculator I can only have 12" of fish in my 55 gallon tank. So if I had two full grown firefish and a full grown pair of mated clowns that would be about the limit for my tank........I find this hard to believe.
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Most SW fish are highly territorial and as such they would either kill or stress more timid fish. You can get around this by chosing your fish wisely and having lots of hiding places for the more timid fish.
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Old 02-03-2011, 06:28 PM   #7
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Most SW fish are highly territorial and as such they would either kill or stress more timid fish. You can get around this by chosing your fish wisely and having lots of hiding places for the more timid fish.
How may fish an aquarium can support has little to do with how well they get along or how many hiding places they have.
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Well, with todays filter systems, the old inchers per gallon is so out dated. Chosing your fish wisely is a must.
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Old 02-05-2011, 02:21 AM   #9
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There are too many factors to take into consideration for a "fish calculator" to be correct. That useless thing is more for freshwater. Thincat is right territory and hiding places play a HUGE part in the number of fish a tank can support! The more crowded the tank the more stressed the fish stay and the more stressed your fish are the more susceptible they are to disease and parasites! Even if technically your water conditions are within range you can still overpopulate your tank. Imagine a 20 gallon tank with a 100 gallon sump. How many fish do you think you can fit in that 20 gallon tank before there's an issue not related to water quality?
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I agree. You can not go by an inches rule or a how many fish rule in SW. There are factors like size, messy eater, aggressiveness and many other factors to consider. While calculators might work in the FW world they have no effect in the SW world.
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