Is www.aqadvisor.com accurate?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish Forums' started by DTurner, Jul 16, 2015.

  1. D

    DTurner Valued Member Member

    Hey Guys,

    I found a post that said go to   and enter in my info to get a estimated stocking list for my aquarium.

    I have a 20 Gallon Long, Planted Aquarium. I have a Fluval 106 Canister FIlter as well.

    So I entered this information in and started looking at the fish. I placed the following for Stocking the tank:
    -2 Dwarf Gourami's
    -10 Neon Tetras
    -5 Guppys

    Besides the fact that Guppys breed like crazy and 5 could become 500 if you let it, this website said this is only 80% stocking capacity. That seems like a lot of fish for a 20 Gallon tank.

    Any Input?
     
  2. LiterallyHydro

    LiterallyHydro Well Known Member Member

    Don't trust everything on AqAdvisor. It's better to trust your own experience and the experience of those who have actually been there, and done that.

    AqAdvisor is known for being pretty inaccurate at times.
     
  3. Coradee

    Coradee Moderator Moderator Member

  4. Dom90

    Dom90 Fishlore VIP Member

    I trust the experience and advice of people on here for stocking questions more than AqAdvisor, I believe a lot of people have this same mentality also...
     
  5. Anders247

    Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

    I agree with the above posters, Aqadvisor isn't that great. I would stick to asking here for stocking.
     
  6. BDpups

    BDpups Well Known Member Member

    If it's a 20 high, I think that is ok. If it's a 20 long, you have room for some more.

    Aren't dwarf gourami suppose to be kept as single?


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  7. Anders247

    Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

    A pair of male/female would work, but 2 males, which are far more common than females, wouldn't.
    A large group (5+) of males would be OK, it's kind of like cichlids, more to reduce aggression. But this tank is too small for a group, imo....
     
  8. OP
    OP
    D

    DTurner Valued Member Member

    I'm planning on a Male/Female pair of Dwarf Gourami's. I'm aware of not having 2 males unless there is ample space so they don't fight over territory.

    As for the additional fish I was thinking of neon's since they school very well. But then my fiance likes the look of fancy guppies. If i could do all 3 species that would actually be kinda cool I think.
     
  9. Anders247

    Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

    Are you sure you can find a female? Do you know how to sex them?
     
  10. Dom90

    Dom90 Fishlore VIP Member

    I dont think you have the tank space to do all three, unfortunately...

    Also agreed, dwarf gourami females are kind of a rare find in LFS's..
     
  11. Anders247

    Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

    I think it's fine, as long as the guppies are all male.
     
  12. OP
    OP
    D

    DTurner Valued Member Member

    Anders247 I am aware of the characteristic differences in male and female. however i have a LFS that goes to buy fish from larger wholesalers every month or so and I can request very specific things and he will be able to get it.

    If someone knows, would Dwarf Gourami's be nippy to Fancy Guppies long fins? If so then I'll just do neon's instead.
     
  13. Anders247

    Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

    Dwarf gouramis in my experience aren't nippy. Though they can be aggressive at times, it depends on the fish itself.
     
  14. Dom90

    Dom90 Fishlore VIP Member

    Well, they normally occupy the same space in tanks so i'd be wary and monitor behavior.
     
  15. OP
    OP
    D

    DTurner Valued Member Member

    Dom90 I suppose if they occupy a similar swimming level of the tank, i'll do some more research and figure out if there is another fish that would be good at a different level.
     
  16. Dom90

    Dom90 Fishlore VIP Member

    Have you considered otocinclus for bottom feeders? I'm not sure what your stock list looks like atm.
     
  17. Anders247

    Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

    2 dwarf gouramis, 5 guppies, 10 neon tetras is his list.
     
  18. OP
    OP
    D

    DTurner Valued Member Member

    I currently am only have 2 nerite snails in the tank, still waiting to see if it is going to spike at all however i heavily planted it so it may do a silent cycle anyway.

    I have a Sand Cap over Flourite and Dirt so I wouldn't want a bottom feeder that will really stir up the sand too much. However don't Oto's get rather big?
     
  19. Dom90

    Dom90 Fishlore VIP Member

    Ok so it would be top-middle- gouramis and guppies... and tetras mostly stay in the middle so.. Otos only get to be about 2".
     
  20. OP
    OP
    D

    DTurner Valued Member Member

    The stock list I know I want so far are 2 Dwarf Gourami's and 5-10 Red Cherry Shrimp - Again a heavily planted aquarium with both Ground, and Floating plants.
     




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