29 gallon is it full?

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Ok, got a 29 gallon high tank planted with 8 Buenos Aires tetras, 8 Cochu's Blue tetras & an Albino Bristlenose Pleco. Is this full, or can I increase the # of ba's & blues?

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I want to maximize the beauty of my schooling fish by filling their #'s out, but don't want to overstock.
 

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If the fish are full grown and you think there's room then add more.
 
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Jaysee said:
If the fish are full grown and you think there's room then add more.
No, the blues are very young. The Ba's are mixed, couple are full or nearly full grown, some teenagers and 1 or 2 pre teens.

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Jaysee said:
If the fish are full grown and you think there's room then add more.
What?? This doesn't sound like a precise Jaysee answer! Who are you and what have you done with Jaysee?!?!

If your Blue's are the Boehlkea fredcochuI like I'm thinking they get to be about 1-1/2" to 1-3/4" as adults and the BA tetras hit about 2-1/2 I believe with the BN pleco getting up to 6"(or so I have read). This brings your current stock up to 40" of adult fish in a 29 gallon tank.

So I would have to say it's full but that's the old 1" of fish per gallon rule and I am newer to the hobby so I may be wrong.
 

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blkdeath75 said:
What?? This doesn't sound like a precise Jaysee answer! Who are you and what have you done with Jaysee?!?!
Well, it's not like there isn't enough of either. If I were going to add more fish to that tank, it would be more of the blue tetras.
 

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I don't know, I wouldn't want to add more as it seems a bit full right now. jmo.
 
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Personally, I don't put much stock in the inch rule. I've been looking at others stocking questions for months now trying to get a feel for it. It seems that the most important thing is how many fish are in each region. You can have more fish in a tank, if they occupy diferent regions. Having said this, I still believe that getting the right stocking #'s is the hardest part of keeping fish.

I'm in no hurry to add to this tank. Just got the blues on Wed from Harpua, so it would be at least 2 weeks b/4 I did anything. Just trying to get a feel for where I'm at.
 

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Yea the inch per gallon is more of a guideline than a rule. In the long run it would mainly depend on how often you do maintenance, what kind of a filter you have, what kind of media you use for it. I mean.....myself, I have a 38g community tank with probably about 60 or more inches of fish in it because I can't afford another tank, but my numbers stay at 0-0-40 and under because I do 40% twice a week until I get another setup going.
 

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I think the 1 inch per gallon rule is good for small tanks. Bigger tanks give more flexibility, as long as we keep up with maintenance. Maybe you could wait and see how they're doing. If you want to add more fish, I would go with bottom dwellers imo. Keep us updated
 
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