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Old 07-15-2013, 02:38 PM   #1
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Getting back into aquariums! How overstocked am I?

Hey everyone, so I work at a LFS, and am lucky to have co-workers who are very passionate about fish keeping, so alongside my own research, I've learned quite a bit, and decided to get back into aquariums.

I haven't had an aquarium in 8+ years, but man when I was a kid did I do things wrong! Although someone did give me a betta and I had him in a ~2.5 gal (gift as well), so this prompted me to upgrade his living quarters, and give him some friends since he's so docile. So I've got a 10 gallon, and I picked up a 40 breeder recently, although I've decided to turn it into solely a turtle tank (male map turtle). I had RES when I was younger, and they were amazing pets. They grew so fast and I had kept upgrading and at one point had a giant rubbermaid tub in my bedroom, about the same dimensions as a 75 gal, maybe a bit deeper.

So here's a picture of my 10 gal:



I wasn't thinking when I bought everything and went with a green theme since the gravel was taken from a seeded tank... Now my question is, I know my tank is overstocked, but how overstocked is it? I wouldn't recommend to any customers who come into my store to stock a 10 gal this much, but with enough filtration and maintenance, I feel like I could get away with this.

4x neon tetras
3x cory cats
3x zebra danios
1x male beta (very, very docile)
2x otos - I had lost one, don't want to add anymore fish though
4x black skirt tetras

As far as filtration goes, I've got a Quietflow 10 stuffed with filter floss, purigen (to remove the tannic acid), and ceramic rings, as well as a hydro-sponge with a powerhead on it, and some ceramic rings stuffed inside. I've been doing weekly water changes, sometimes twice weekly. All my levels are fine, although my pH is a bit low probably due to the driftwood, so I threw in a calcium block and I'm gonna grab some crushed coral as a more permanent solution.

Here's a side view since it looks so crowded taking a picture from the front. There's some zucchini in there my Oto's were neglecting. The water is a bit murky from the driftwood, but since I took that picture purigen has removed almost all the tannins from the water!
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Welcome to aa! I would have to say that you could get away with that stock if you removed the 4 black skirt tetras as they will become realativaley large for a tetra . Other that that I think that you will be fine.
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