Fast Stocking Question

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Ok so I have 22gallons tank, pretty highly planted, two inside filters 1 400l/h second 300l/h. Great water circulation and I do every 5-7 days around 30-35% water change.
Stocking:1 apistogramma agassizii, 8 harlequin Rasbora, 5 black neon tetras, 1 ancistrus baby for now.
So could I put few more otocinclus in to make bottom of tank little more alive?
So 3-5 would be great if I am not pushing stock limit already.
 
FriarThomasIII
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If you want bottom movement, get a school of corydoras maybe?
 
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FriarThomasIII said:
If you want bottom movement, get a school of corydoras maybe?
I think full school would be too much, plus apistogramma could hurt them. Plan is to put otos I like how they look and they are useful so. I just need someone to tell me would I be to heavily stocking with few more otos with crew I have
 
FriarThomasIII
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a few ottos should be fine, though they will mainly be on the glass and plants.
 
N8_the_Gr8
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Apistos shouldn’t show aggression towards Cory’s. Otos hang around and don’t really move that much. Cory’s have an amazing personality and can be cute. They also are the good at getting rid of uneaten food.
 
Platylover
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I wouldn't, you already have 2 schools which is pretty much the max for a 20g, so adding another school of 5 would not be a good idea IMO.(otos need groups, so a minimum of 5 is required to provide them adequate care)
 
TexasDomer
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What are the dimensions of the tank?
 
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TexasDomer said:
What are the dimensions of the tank?
80cm long, 35 high and 30 depth in centimeters

It dosent look overstock now and aqadvisor says it isn't but I wanted to double check just in case. Here is photo.
 
TexasDomer
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Aqadvisor isn't always accurate, so I wouldn't use it.

I think it'd be fine to add otos if you can keep up with water changes and making sure you have enough food for them and the pleco. I think you'd have room for a school of cories instead, if you'd rather. The Apisto shouldn't mess with them.
 
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TexasDomer said:
Aqadvisor isn't always accurate, so I wouldn't use it.

I think it'd be fine to add otos if you can keep up with water changes and making sure you have enough food for them and the pleco. I think you'd have room for a school of cories instead, if you'd rather. The Apisto shouldn't mess with them.
Ok tnx man, yes of corse I have some algae now in tank because I started adding profito so I need to find right dose. As water change it is every 5-7 days without compromise. And plan is to make some alge out of tank. I am not that big fun of corys and I don't have sand, plus apistogramma. So I choose otos
 
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TexasDomer said:
Aqadvisor isn't always accurate, so I wouldn't use it.

I think it'd be fine to add otos if you can keep up with water changes and making sure you have enough food for them and the pleco. I think you'd have room for a school of cories instead, if you'd rather. The Apisto shouldn't mess with them.
Aqadisor is fine if you take it with a grain of salt. It can be very conservative in stocking, but it's reliable if you are a beginner looking for information.
 
TexasDomer
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It's not even fine, actually. They have some bad info on compatibility and water parameter needs, and it can lead beginners in the wrong direction.
 
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FriarThomasIII said:
Aqadisor is fine if you take it with a grain of salt. It can be very conservative in stocking, but it's reliable if you are a beginner looking for information.
Yes I know it's not 100% accurate but I use it as some kind of frame if you get me.

TexasDomer said:
It's not even fine, actually. They have some bad info on compatibility and water parameter needs, and it can lead beginners in the wrong direction.
Yes I know, let say for apistogramma it doesn't calculate territory they need, size difference in male and female and compatibility with moat of other fishes
 
FriarThomasIII
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Very true, but it helps with having a guideline to keeping the fish. Besides, if anyone is going to keep a certain fish, they need to research it's needs first, right?
 
TexasDomer
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Right, using good sites like Fishbase, Seriously Fish, PlanetCatfish, this forum, and other places.
 
FriarThomasIII
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TexasDomer said:
Right, using good sites like Fishbase, Seriously Fish, PlanetCatfish, this forum, and other places.
True. I suppose it comes down to personal preference.
 

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