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Old 05-05-2019, 07:13 AM   #1
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33 Gallon Stocking Ideas - Open To Criticism!

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So I'm approaching the end of my cycle and I'm really excited to get some fish in my first tank! Its a 125L (33 gal) mid-heavily planted tank and my filter has a flow-rate of 600l/hr, so my turnover is about 4.8x/hr.

My stocking plan is:
- 9 Neon Tetras
- 5 Guppies
- 6 Celestial Pearl Danios
- 2 Honey Gourami
- 1 Pearl Gourami
- 3 Amano Shrimp

I'm also interested in other fish like Peacock Gudgeons and Panda or Julii Corydoras, but I think i'd be pushing it if I add them in...

These are some of my favorite species and I've tried to take into account at what tank level these guys swim so that I can have a well-spread tank. Also, I believe their water parameter requirements are also close. Now according to the "gallon per inch of fish" rule, I'd definitely be overstocked, however, I heard that rule is outdated. So what do you guys think? Overstocked or not? And please, don't be shy to suggest your own ideas!

Looking forward to hearing your replies!
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Old 05-05-2019, 10:37 AM   #2
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What is the dimensions of your tank?
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Won’t the gourami bother the guppies? I would up your CPD’S and not pursue the neons.
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The pearl gourami might beat up the honey gourami.
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What is the dimensions of your tank?
Length: 81cm, Height: 50cm, Depth: 36cm.
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Won’t the gourami bother the guppies? I would up your CPD’S and not pursue the neons.
Why would you favour the CPDs instead of the neons?
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I would go 2-4 honey gouramis, 10 cpds and 6-8 amano shrimp. The cpds will probably just hide if you put them in with a larger fish like a pearl gourami.
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My suggestion......

10 neons
10 CPD's
6 panda or julii cats
2 honey Gourami or 1 Pearl (not both)
3 Amano Shrimp

That wouldn't overstock you but you'd be maxed out in a moderately planted tank.
Also, double your filtration to 8-10x/hr.
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Why would you favour the CPDs instead of the neons?


Bad luck with Neons.
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My suggestion......

10 neons
10 CPD's
6 panda or julii cats
2 honey Gourami or 1 Pearl (not both)
3 Amano Shrimp

That wouldn't overstock you but you'd be maxed out in a moderately planted tank.
Also, double your filtration to 8-10x/hr.
Well thats interesting! I've been rethinking the CPDs since they dont get bigger than 0.9 inches, which is tiny and theyre incredibly shy... Maybe I could put something else instead... No guppies?

Also, why is my filtration not enough? I thought my filter was really good at 4.8x/hr, I heard that 4 what most people should have...
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Well thats interesting! I've been rethinking the CPDs since they dont get bigger than 0.9 inches, which is tiny and theyre incredibly shy... Maybe I could put something else instead... No guppies?



Also, why is my filtration not enough? I thought my filter was really good at 4.8x/hr, I heard that 4 what most people should have...
I thought they were shy too. For some reason the last batch I got are so freaking outgoing its obnoxious. They literally wont leave the water change hose alone and were getting sucked out of the tank. These guys are glass puppies. It's a low light jungle tank though. Think they feel more at ease with a disgusting amount of vegetation. And maybe it's the fact that they love with 6 puffer fish that havnt eaten them.. they are brazen little things.
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Well thats interesting! I've been rethinking the CPDs since they dont get bigger than 0.9 inches, which is tiny and theyre incredibly shy... Maybe I could put something else instead... No guppies?

Also, why is my filtration not enough? I thought my filter was really good at 4.8x/hr, I heard that 4 what most people should have...
I think 8x is ideal especially for a planted tank. But I like to turn the water over at least 10x unless I'm keeping fish that don't like heavier flow.
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Thanks for all the replies guys! I've pretty much concluded my stock list based on your comments and further research. It goes like this:

- 2 Pearl Gourami
- 15 Cardinal Tetra
- 4 Otocinclus Catfish
- 2 German Blue Ram
- 4 Amano Shrimp
- 2 Peacock Gudgeons (Maybe)

Looking forward to hearing back from you all!
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