Fast Stocking Question Question

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by appcontrol, Apr 23, 2018.

  1. appcontrolWell Known MemberMember

    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.
  2. FriarThomasIIIWell Known MemberMember

    If you want bottom movement, get a school of corydoras maybe?

  3. appcontrolWell Known MemberMember

    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

  4. FriarThomasIIIWell Known MemberMember

    a few ottos should be fine, though they will mainly be on the glass and plants.

  5. N8_the_Gr8Valued MemberMember

    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.
  6. PlatyloverFishlore VIPMember

    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)
  7. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    What are the dimensions of the tank?
  8. appcontrolWell Known MemberMember

    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.

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  9. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    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.
  10. appcontrolWell Known MemberMember

    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 dont have sand, plus apistogramma. So i choose otos
  11. FriarThomasIIIWell Known MemberMember

    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.
  12. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    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.
  13. appcontrolWell Known MemberMember

    Yes i know it's not 100% accurate but i use it as some kind of frame if you get me.

    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
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  14. FriarThomasIIIWell Known MemberMember

    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?
  15. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Right, using good sites like Fishbase, Seriously Fish, PlanetCatfish, this forum, and other places.
  16. FriarThomasIIIWell Known MemberMember

    True. I suppose it comes down to personal preference.

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