23g Fully Stocked?

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Hey me again I'm sure by now you all already know what my fish plans are ****. So currently my tanks about 23 gallons and in the winter i’ll be upgrading to a 40g. In the meantime I'm just wondering if 11 rummynose tetras (lost 1 after a couple months but everyone else seems perfect) and a group of 3 honey gouramis 1m 2f is fully stocked or if I could add bottom dwellers? If I have space id love to add a bit more activity to the tank than 1 school and the 3 honeys (I only have 1 female currently though I'm waiting for them to get more in). Ive been considering cherry shrimp because they won't affect the bioload but don't want them to be eaten. Any suggestions? If I'm full with the current plan i’ll hold off getting anything else until I can afford to upgrade.
 

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I believe you can definitely add a group of bottom dwellers such as Cory doras because they would occupy the bottom region of the tank while the rummy nose tetras and honey gouramis stay in the middle and top parts of the tank. It’s always good to use all the regions of the tank as long as it doesn’t get overcrowded and everyone has room to swim.
 
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FishyGlenda said:
I believe you can definitely add a group of bottom dwellers such as Cory doras because they would occupy the bottom region of the tank while the rummy nose tetras and honey gouramis stay in the middle and top parts of the tank. It’s always good to use all the regions of the tank as long as it doesn’t get overcrowded and everyone has room to swim.
the tank definitely looks like there’s enough space for them I'm just worried about bioload. Aqadvisor says I'm 90% stocked with 137% filter capacity. I'm just worried if I add a school of corys or something similar thatd jump me to well over 100% stocked
 

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Don’t rely ontoo much. Just use it as a guide. In terms of space, I believe you wouldn’t be overstocked since no one is occupying the bottom region. In terms of bioload, you might get a spike in the beginning but remember your beneficial bacteria will eventually grow to the point where it can handle that bigger bioload. If you want you can add the first half the first week. And the remaining half the second or third week to prevent the spike or make it less severe if there is one. I would get 4 to 6 if I were you. The dainty cories produce less waste than the Panda cories so you could get those too for a smaller bioload. In terms of filtration, if it gets under 100%, add more filtration or don’t get the fish.
 

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