Would This Be Considered Overstocked?

Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by Fahn, Apr 25, 2017.

  1. FahnFishlore VIPMember

    46 gallon cycled bowfront, heavily planted.


    Total filtration of 809gph. Nitrates 10ppm. Weekly 50% water changes.

    1 dwarf gourami
    1 gbr
    12 glowlight tetras
    4 otocinclus
    8 bronze corys

    Wanting to add 20 Amano shrimp. With my current stock is this allowable?

  2. Ed204Well Known MemberMember

    Personally, I think you should be fine.

  3. Mihai BoldorValued MemberMember

    Yes, you should be just fine

  4. CoradeeModeratorModerator Member

    Imo the shrimp would be fine, I'd also say you could add a couple more Oto's, the bigger the group of them you have the more they socialise & are out & about.
  5. smee82Fishlore VIPMember

    You will be fine.

    To be honest i never count shrimp bioloads as the bioload is so small when stocking a tank
  6. FahnFishlore VIPMember

    You think I could do 4 more or just 2?
  7. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    Otos prefer cooler water than GBRs, I believe.
  8. FahnFishlore VIPMember

    I am aware, and understand there are warmer water varieties of oto (which are difficult to obtain... trust me, I checked everywhere online before buying my current otos). While not ideal I try to keep my water quality as good as possible for them and they have been a great boon in regards to controlling diatoms. Nerite snails seemed to only stay on the glass and never touched the plants, so I got otos.

    Temperature aside, the tank is cycled, low nitrates, well oxygenated and has plenty of flow. The otos are active and eating well so I'm assuming they are not stressed.
  9. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    I don't believe it is an issue of them being stressed, it is that they have shorter lifespans because of a quickened metabolism.

    If you are adding amano shrimp anyway, they will take the job of the otos, as they are great algae eaters as well.
  10. FahnFishlore VIPMember

    Correct me if I'm wrong but...

    In my experience otos do not eat hair or thread algae, but softer algae, diatoms and biofilm. I supplement their diet with zucchini.

    Amano shrimp, from my understanding, voraciously devour thread and hair algae, which is the main issue in the tank.
  11. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    My amano shrimp eat soft algae as well.
  12. BottomDwellerFishlore VIPMember

  13. aquatickeeperFishlore VIPMember

    Stock sounds fine to me:)

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