Would This Be Considered Overstocked?

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

  1. Fahn

    Fahn Fishlore VIP Member

  2. Ed204

    Ed204 Well Known Member Member

    Personally, I think you should be fine.
  3. Mihai Boldor

    Mihai Boldor Valued Member Member

    Yes, you should be just fine

  4. Coradee

    Coradee Moderator Moderator 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. s

    smee82 Fishlore VIP Member

    You will be fine.

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

    Fahn Fishlore VIP Member

    You think I could do 4 more or just 2?
  7. Anders247

    Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

    Otos prefer cooler water than GBRs, I believe.
  8. OP

    Fahn Fishlore VIP Member

    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. Anders247

    Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

    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. OP

    Fahn Fishlore VIP Member

    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. Anders247

    Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

    My amano shrimp eat soft algae as well.
  12. BottomDweller

    BottomDweller Fishlore VIP Member

  13. aquatickeeper

    aquatickeeper Fishlore VIP Member

    Stock sounds fine to me:)

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