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Old 09-15-2005, 06:49 PM   #1
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46 Gallon Bow Tank Stocking Capacity

Assuming that everything goes well with my new additions and my planned upcoming additions, here's a list of what I'll have in my 46 gallon bow tank...

(5) Flame Dwarf Gouramis (2 male and 3 female)
(5) Longfin Leopard Danios
(1) Sailfin Pleco

What I'd like to do, again this is assuming everything goes well, is I'd like to add a small school of Corys (most likely Juliis as I just love their markings!). So that would put me at the above list and...

(5-6) Julii Corys

Would this meet my stocking capacity? Would it exceed my stocking capacity?

I do realize that my Pleco will soon outgrow the tank and I'll start planning for that when he gets a little bit bigger. He's currently about 4" (give or take a little bit). I'd hate to lose him, but I was misinformed by the lady at the lfs when I purchased him. I'm hoping to get a larger aquarium set up in my home, but I still haven't a clue on where I'm going to find the room to put it! Anyone want to come to my house and help me plan?!

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i think even with the pleco in the tank, you would still be understocked. both the cories and the danios are not big waste-producers. that leaves the gouramis, and they are dwarf's.
BTW, if you can't find a spot in your home, you know where to set it up (hint : my house )
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I think you are fine with the cories, especially considering that except for the pleco the other fish are all mainly upper water dwellers, so your bottom could support more fish.
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Awesome.. I was hoping the general consensus would be that it's fine! I really like Corys and I to think they'd be a nice addition as a bottom dweller.

What about adding more Danios? Would that also be ok? I'm really having fun with the LFL ones right now and wouldn't mind adding a few more. Or even a small school of the Zebras. Basically any other suggestions on what else I could add without pushing it to far would be appreciated!

Tetrin- You have no idea how hard I'm trying to find a way to rearrange some furniture or get rid of something to make room. I'm loving this fish keeping world, but I can tell already that I'm going to have MTS really bad!! 8O

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I don't think a couple more danios would hurt anything, and if there is no room at Tetrin's house I have free wall you could use.
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mandy, i know the feeling alright.
rich, this isn't fair .

anyway, back to the main topic. i think with the upper and the lower regions occupied, you add a school of small middle-dwellers (tetras, small barbs, rasboras). but do so slowly and keeping an eye on water quality.
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I would look at Diamond Tetras or maybe black or white skirt tetras. They are good mid level fish that aren't big waste producers. You've got a great tank. My community tank was once very similar to what you've got now (before my PH crashed, killing everything).

I think that your tank will support your pleco for quite a while too, Just avoid too many bottom dwellers.
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