Aqadvisor Stocking Calculator?

Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by tum0r, Apr 16, 2018.

  1. tum0r

    tum0rValued MemberMember

    (I'd like to apologize if this question is in the wrong area) Is this method of calculating your stock accurate, can it be trusted? I know that the inch per gallon rule is quite flawed, I've only been using it as a general rule of thumb because I think as far as space goes it actually works quite well in making sure the fish have adequate swimming space but after inputting my potential stock into the AqAdvisor calculator it says I am only stocked at about 50% when I was thinking I was almost overstocked based on the inch per gallon rule. Should I trust the AqAdvisor? What do you think personally, could I add more fish?
     

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  2. Ryan P

    Ryan PValued MemberMember

    tank
    size?
     
  3. Platylover

    PlatyloverFishlore VIPMember

    Yes, tank size will be needed to know whether it’s stocked well or not. As for how accurate AQ is, I always take it with a grain of salt. Simply use it as a reference when needed. There’s so many things that a stock calculator can’t take into consideration. It’s generally best to use things like that to get an idea, but do most of the research and figure out the stocking on your own or get some help from others.
     




  4. dwarfpufferlover

    dwarfpufferloverWell Known MemberMember

    I tend to search for “experience threads” for stock reliability rather than AQ.

    I got burned using aqadvisor and since only use to see how much my filtration can take.
     
  5. jmaldo

    jmaldoWell Known MemberMember

    Bravo! You're asking the right questions. I used the AquaAdvisor when I started but as mentioned it is flawed and just a starting point, it's best to do the research. We have "Veteran Keepers" here whom can give you some "Good" stocking advise. I would wait for them to chime in. Good Luck!
     
  6. OP
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    tum0r

    tum0rValued MemberMember

    Sorry sorry, it's oddly sized, it's a 23 gallon, rounding down. 30x12x15
     
  7. OP
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    tum0r

    tum0rValued MemberMember

    Thank all of you for the response, I appreciate it. I didn't realize I hadn't posted a picture of my setup input which included my filter and tank size heh, sorry about that. If you're wondering I have a 23 gallon, 30x12x15
     
  8. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    That stocking should be fine for your tank size. I'd go with all male platies so you're not overrun with fry, and I'd add a few more of the glowlights - bigger groups are better for those.
     
  9. Ryan P

    Ryan PValued MemberMember

    Same with other's I wouldn't rely on it by itself, but you can use it as a general guideline.
     
  10. OP
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    tum0r

    tum0rValued MemberMember

    I currently have 2 females, I was thinking I'd just keep it all females. Would it be possible to try adding another kind of fish to this mix? I added a school of corycats to the aqadvisor and it says it should be fine but I'd much rather have your opinions on it
     
  11. Galathiel

    GalathielWell Known MemberMember

    My DG is okay with other fish, but they can be shy and need plenty of hiding places. If you want to add cories, I might would not add him.
     
  12. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    I wouldn't add more females then, personally - if they've been kept with a male at the store, they are likely pregnant, and they can produce fry for 6-9 months after being with a male.

    I think 6-8 cories (of one species) would be fine too!
     
  13. OP
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    tum0r

    tum0rValued MemberMember

    Thank you for the advice :)
     
  14. OP
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    tum0r

    tum0rValued MemberMember

    I currently have the gourami, he is definitely not shy, he seems to think himself the king of the castle, so to speak. But I have plenty of cover, and I'll take things slow and just try the glowlights first and see how everything gets on before getting anything else.
     




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