Upgrade Filter(s)?

Discussion in 'Filters and Filtration' started by Anna94, Apr 11, 2017.

  1. Anna94

    Anna94Valued MemberMember

    I currently have 13 fish in a 20 gallon long:
    5 cardinal tetras
    2 celebes rainbows
    1 horseface loach
    1 kribensis
    3 lemon tetras
    1 oto

    However, I plan on adding one more cardinal tetra, one more Celebes rainbow, two more lemon tetras, and possibly three more otos, and maybe three nerite snails or amano shrimp.

    For filtration I have a sponge filter rated for up to 40 gallons and an AquaClear 50 with the sponge and Matrix in it. I do weekly 40-50% water changes and I gravel vac every time. My nitrates stay consistent between 10 and 20.

    Should I upgrade my AquaClear and/or sponge filter and go one size up or will my filtration will be sufficient enough for all my inhabitants?
  2. MaddieTaylah

    MaddieTaylahWell Known MemberMember

    Edit: That filtration is good for your tank.
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2017
  3. el337

    el337Fishlore LegendMember

    Your filtration seems fine to me for this tank size.
  4. tyguy7760

    tyguy7760Fishlore VIPMember

    agree with @el337 aquaclear 50's have 200 gph which is 10x filtration for a 20 long. Should be sufficient.
  5. MaddieTaylah

    MaddieTaylahWell Known MemberMember

    Oops I read this wrong, I had in my head that it was a 50 gallon pfft I need to go to sleep it's really late lol.
  6. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Agreed, filtration is fine!

    However, you have some stocking issues if you'd like to discuss them :)
  7. OP

    Anna94Valued MemberMember

    I know I have stocking issues, but I can't get rid of some of my fish as my mom's work schedule is so busy that I can't get to my lfs to trade them in and the few friends I do have (if you want to consider them friends) don't have fish tanks and neither do any of my family members so I can't give them to them. My one friend does have a few goldfish, but they're in a little pond outside and he doesn't dechlorinate the water and he feeds them goldfish flakes so none of my fish would fit in with them.
  8. aquatickeeper

    aquatickeeperFishlore VIPMember

    Do you have plans as to when you can rehome them?
  9. OP

    Anna94Valued MemberMember

    I thought I had already clarified that I have no friends or family members that have fish tanks so nobody can take them.
  10. aquatickeeper

    aquatickeeperFishlore VIPMember

    Why can't you go up on aquabid, or sell them off at Fish Lore?