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Postby david » Sat Dec 27, 2014 7:45 am

ok so i have a 20 gallon high tank and have been taking in abused fish and fish that were in to small of a tank and other stuff.i started off with a molly and a bristle nose pleco and my stock's the stock i have now.
10 red eye tetras.
6 lemon tetras
6 cories
3 otos
2 platy
1 albino bristle nose pleco
1 molly.

i have penguin bio wheel 150,and a penguin bio wheel 200.

i do 2 10 gallon water changes a week but i can do 3 if i have to.
are my fish es ok?i love them so much and i want the best for them.

Re: i need help

Postby Graeme » Sun Dec 28, 2014 1:27 pm

1 gallon of water per inch of fish is a good rough guide. You appear to have about 30 inches of fish there so you're well overstocked. I would back off the 50% water changes to 25-30% and keep an eye on your ammonia levels.

Any chance you can get hold of another tank from somewhere?

Sounds like an excellent rescue mission you have there.

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Re: i need help

Postby malakye » Sun Dec 28, 2014 3:00 pm

Hi, as Graeme pointed out you are overstocked so do not add any more fish to the tank. I also agree with Graeme that you would be better to cut back the water changes to around 25% you can do more than one a week if there is an issue but too large a change can shock the fish. I would stick to the 2 a week and see how it goes. Invest in a test kit so you can keep and eye on ammonia, nitrite and nitrate levels, you want 0 readings on ammonia and nitrite and keep the nitrates below 40. I use the API freshwater tests and have found them to be one of the best for freshwater tanks.
If you can think about an upgrade in the size of the tank although we realise its not always possible to do so.
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Re: i need help

Postby Garsiyra » Tue Apr 21, 2015 10:31 am

I think the creativity.
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