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Hey all,
I have gotten mixed advice from different LFS on my stocking. Looking for thoughts, as I’m itching to expand my hobby (within the parameters of what my wife will let me do :) And my 5 year old son is desperate for more fish.

I have a 29 gallon (30x12) tank with two HOB filters (one for 70g and the other 30 gallon). it has one live plant and several fake, with a variety of hiding spots. Can I stock more? The inch of fish per gallon rule says no, but is that truly accurate?

I have:
1 German blue ram
1 dwarf flame gourami
3 Cory cats
2 platies
1 guppy
7x 3 month old Dalmatian Molly fry

thoughts appreciated. Thanks!
 

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Maybe a couple more corys (the same variety as the ones you have now).
 

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Firstly the inch per gallon rule is nonsense.
German Blue Rams need temperatures above 80 to thrive. Some keep them lower but success is rare. Only a few commonly seen Corys thrive at this temperature, Sterbai are the ones I know for sure, Corys should also be kept in groups of 6+. :)
 
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I keep the tank at 78 and water parameters are great. The corys seem happy and active and so does my GBR. Thoughts? I’d love to add 3 more corys to this tank if consensus is that it’s not overdoing it? They are easily my favorite fish in the tank!

Other stocking ideas?
 

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CoachMatthews said:
I keep the tank at 78 and water parameters are great. The corys seem happy and active and so does my GBR. Thoughts? I’d love to add 3 more corys to this tank if consensus is that it’s not overdoing it? They are easily my favorite fish in the tank!

Other stocking ideas?
I would add the Corys but nothing else, when the Mollies grow they're going to take up a fair bit of space. What kind of Corys do you have?
 
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I have 2 bronze and one three stripe (I didn’t realize early on that I was supposed to have the same type of corys). The 3 stripe is much larger but the three of them constantly are clumped together. :) I’m open to ideas of how to help them thrive given my current stocking.
 

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CoachMatthews said:
I have 2 bronze and one three stripe (I didn’t realize early on that I was supposed to have the same type of corys). The 3 stripe is much larger but the three of them constantly are clumped together. :) I’m open to ideas of how to help them thrive given my current stocking.
Both these Corys really need cooler water Ideally below 75f, keeping them warmer can lead to skin issues and a shorter lifespan. The biggest issue here it the Ram, they need more specialised setups.
If you where to remove the Ram and reduce the amount of Mollies as they grow, keeping 12 Corys would be fine 6/6.
Sorry I really don't mean to nag but people often have issue with GBRs and it's almost always due to less than ideal temperatures. :)
 
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I appreciate the input. Not nagging at all... I needed to know what I didn’t know! Thanks!
 

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I have a 29 gallon with 3 German rams “lots of caves and hiding places” 7 black neon tetras, 7 panda corries, 6 otos On about 6 months with the rams and corries and 79 degrees seems to make everyone happy.
 
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