Is My Tank Understocked Or Overstocked?

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  1. Jorami

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    Hi,
    I have a 55 gallon tank with:
    15 neon tetras
    3 peppered cory catfish
    1 albino bristle-nose pleco
    5 female bettas
    1 otocinclus
    1 amono shrimp (the rest disappeared!)
    and 4 ghost shrimp.

    Is my tank understocked or overstocked? I cant tell.
     
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    The stocking sounds ok, just up the numbers of the Cory's and the Oto's, there's plenty of space on the bottom for Cory's look to up it to 8/10 Peppered Cory's and 10 Oto's.
     
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    I have 2 large carbon filters, live plants, and I do a 20-30% water change a week.

    Ok thank you! I didn't want the cory's to crowd the bottom, so I might go for an extra 3 cory's and 3 oto's.
     
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    Carbon filters? Are you referring to sponge filters or hang on back filters? Do you have pics of your setup? I would still recommend doing at least 50% WC's weekly.
     
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    No the majority of beneficial bacteria is in your filter and on the surfaces of your tank. plants, driftwood, glass, decorations not in the water column. In a cycled tank you could technically do 80-90% WC's without affecting anything. Thats why u kept losing your cycle when you were throwing your cartriges away and replacing them.
     
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    Good to know taking out alot of the water wont mess with the cycle. I'll start doing a 30-40% water changes to help. Im planning on adding some more cory's and betta girls.
     
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    Glad i could help. I would probably only add maybe 3-4 more peppers they get pretty good size. mine are about 2.5-3" . No experience with a Betta sorority but best of luck to you on that!! Pics would be nice when your able to
     
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    Thanks man! IMG_20190810_174912.
    I got a mix of live and fake plants, but mostly live ones. I know the blue gravel doesnt match well, but there was a 90% off sale and I couldnt say no lol
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    Water wisteria and some Java fern.
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    Just recently tide an anubias to this stick.
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    Im trying to get a carpet going, but I have had no luck. I dont use fertilizer, maybe that's why...
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    One of my koi bettas :emoji_heart:
     
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    very cool!! congrats!. If you get a bottle of Nilog Thrive it will help your plants and depending on what lighting your using will help the carpet. Either way very nice setup!!
     
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    Thank you and thanks for the suggestion! I'll definitely look into this fertilizer.
     
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    Your cories and otto cats will be much happier in a large group. 10 of each will bare look like anything in a 55 gallon, no need to worry about crowding.
    "happy" fish are less likely to become aggresssive, they are better eaters, they live longer, grow larger, are less likely to come down with diseases like ich that spread to the hole tank.
     
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