I've started a tropical tank recently in my 140L blue planet (35 or 37 gallons I think) after a long struggle with goldfish. I love them but i couldn't seem to keep them happy.
I was hesitant to give tropical another go because I tried a 70L tank with guppies and a beta (separately) but I kept getting fungal diseases.
Anyway, I sun bleached everything in the bigger tank and slowly started adding fish once it had cycled, and everyone is healthy and happy
My current set up is:
-10 neon tetras
-10 Cardinal tetras
-8 rummy nose tetras
-10 tiny ember tetras
-1 dwarf gourami
- ~13 red cherry shrimp that don't seem to be breeding
I've been using AqAdvisor (http://aqadvisor.com) for help, which I find really useful as it doesn't just use the 1 inch rule, plus it's got recomendations on compatibility and how many to keep in a group Etc.
My goal is to get a starlight bristlenose pleco, I'm talking to the local aquarium who's helping me hunt one down. They've provided great fish so far, no sign of disease or anything.
My question is: with this set up, would it be fine to go slightly over capacity? Putting in my tank parameters I underestimated quite a bit to account for gravel and decorations too, so my stocking level with the pleco would take me to 103%.
I'm happy to leave it at that, but I recently saw some cherry barbs and was thinking of adding 6 at some point, but this would take the stocking to around 120%. Is this a bad idea? Thanks in advance!