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legit stocking schemes?

Postby nitrofish1 » Fri Jul 18, 2008 4:40 pm

i got these stocking schemes from a book and was wondering if they are legitimate.

these are for a 29g tank

3 swordtails, 6 cories, and 2 angelfish

4 angelfish and 3 cories

6 gold barbs, 8 harlequin rasboras, and 2 dwarf gouramis

2 blue gouramis, 2 swordtails, 5 rosy barbs

4 guppies, 3 swordtails, 6 platies

1 oscar

24 neon tetras

24 guppies

6 blue gouramis

the book is the simple guide to freshwater aquariums by david e. boruchowitz

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Postby james94 » Fri Jul 18, 2008 5:32 pm

i would say you could try any of them except for the oscar which i think needs at least 75g.
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Postby Fishy Wishy » Fri Jul 18, 2008 9:57 pm

erm no!!!!!

my old tank was a 29G. it was approx 2.5ftx1ftx1.5ft and i definately wouldnt keep 4 angel fish in it!! ridiculous!!
bear in mind some oscars grow to 15" it will be like a bull in a china shop in such a small tank.

i would say pretty much all of the combinations are well overstocked.
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Postby nitrofish1 » Sat Jul 19, 2008 12:08 am

what about the stocking scheme where theres two angelfish?
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Postby Fishy Wishy » Sat Jul 19, 2008 9:31 am

well i wouldnt personally put 2 angelfish in a tank of this size.
the tank will hold 30" of adult fish if it is 30" across and 12" wide.
2 angel fish are 10" fully grown, 6 cories are 18" fully grown (assuming they are bronze, albino, adolfoi's size) and 3 swordtails can grow up to 15" in total fully grown so this comes to 43" which is way overstocked.
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Postby Nickj33 » Sat Jul 19, 2008 9:50 am

When was the book published?

Many older books tend to go very heavy on stocking suggestions. More things have been learnt since then in the hobby and we now know better.

I have a book called "Popular Tropical Fish For your Aquarium". It was published in 1982. Here is their example stocking idea for a tank 24 x 12 x 15.

6 Angel Fish
2 Blue Corydoras
4 Ticto Barb
1 Clown Loach
4 Lemon Tetra
2 Glass Catfish
4 Scissor Tails

Crazy Stuff by today's standards.
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Postby nitrofish1 » Sat Jul 19, 2008 1:46 pm

the book was just published in 2001. the guy who published is the editor in chief of a fishkeeping magazine here in the states.
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Postby Nickj33 » Sat Jul 19, 2008 2:10 pm

Hmmm, you'll find there are quite a few differing ideas when it comes to stocking limits. Personally from the list, I would be happy with the selections,

4 guppies, 3 swordtails, 6 platies

24 neon tetras

I also may be happy with,

6 gold barbs, 8 harlequin rasboras, and 2 dwarf gouramis

But, I'd have to research a bit more about the nature of Gold Barbs and ensure over filtration. I ruled out Guppies because nobody ever keeps a set amount of Guppies for very long. :o P
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Postby Jarcave » Sat Jul 19, 2008 2:22 pm

"nitrofish1" wrote:3 swordtails, 6 cories, and 2 angelfish


A very poor mix indeed. Swords require hard alkaline water to thrive whilst the other two appreciate softer acidic water. Mixing livebearers with amazonian fish is a bit daft and borderes on cruelty. Yet it's one of the most commonly seen mistakes seen in the hobby. :(


"nitrofish1" wrote:4 angelfish and 3 cories


Yes, if the angelfish are small. A larger tank will eventually be required. Particularly if a pair or even two pairs form and spawn. Also, corries are best kept in small shoals. I really would recomend a minimum of 5. If one dies, you're down to a pair. No shoaling fish should be kept in pairs.....


"nitrofish1" wrote:6 gold barbs, 8 harlequin rasboras, and 2 dwarf gouramis


Should be OK.


"nitrofish1" wrote:2 blue gouramis, 2 swordtails, 5 rosy barbs


Again, these are fish with different water requiremants. Not a good mix at all.


"nitrofish1" wrote:4 guppies, 3 swordtails, 6 platies


Yes, but unless only males are kept, the tank will soon be over run with baby fish due to the prolific breeding nature of these fish. There is also a risk of hydridisation.


"nitrofish1" wrote:1 oscar


No. These fish have been recorded upto 18" in lengh. The tank is too small for an adult oscar.


"nitrofish1" wrote:24 neon tetras


Quite possibly the best option the author has suggested. Although I expect most aquarists would like to see something else in the tank.


"nitrofish1" wrote:24 guppies


Yes, but expect a shed load of babies if keeping mixed sexes.


"nitrofish1" wrote:6 blue gouramis


Not entirely sure what a "blue gouramy" is. As american common names could mean it's one of several species. But if they grow less than 5 or 6 inches, they should be OK.
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Postby Mr. luke » Sat Jul 19, 2008 7:46 pm

I belive the 'blue gourami' is a three spot gourami, i have seen them sold as this frequently.
i prety much agree with the previous post but a tank full of one fish would get a bit dull unless they where breeding of course.


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