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Will I be overstocked
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Scalsmum
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PostPosted: 2005.05.07(Sat)1:46    Post subject: Will I be overstocked Reply with quote

I have a 20 gallon tank with 6 male guppies, 4 dwarf rainbows, 4 false bandit corries (my favs) and 5 oto's. My LFS has told me that I can have room for 3 charry barbs and so does the community creator at http://www.thinkfish.co.uk/ but looking at the tank, it looks nice the way it is. Any opinions? I would love some cherry barbs but don't want to overcroud.
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anonapersona
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PostPosted: 2005.05.07(Sat)6:59    Post subject: Then stop Reply with quote

If it looks nice now, STOP!

It is always better to be less than overstocked. That might leave room for a special fish that comes along, or it may help your tank through a crisis that would have killed off some fish if there were a few more in the tank.

Anyhow, barbs can be nipppy and might bother the guppies.
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Scalsmum
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PostPosted: 2005.05.08(Sun)2:17    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, I think I'll do that. I may concentrate on Guppies, just adding one occasionally as the others die off. I'll keep my bottom feeders though, I like watching them. My brother in law tells me that I don't need both Corries & Ottos and that the Ottos will do on their own. Is this true?
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Flurry
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PostPosted: 2005.05.08(Sun)7:38    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cories and otos both serve different purposes. Cories search the bottom for uneaten food (but you should also be feeding it sinking pellets) and otos strictly eat algae, so it's best to have both of them in your tank. If you feel your otos arn't getting enough to eat, you could try algae wafers, lettuce, zucchini or cucumber, but mine personally haven't bothered with that and are doing fine on what algae appears in the tank.
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haname
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PostPosted: 2005.05.08(Sun)10:47    Post subject: Reply with quote

The otos will serve as both bottom scavengers and algae eaters, IME. If you have to choose between one or the other, then go with otos, but if you want both, you can get both.
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amy9545
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PostPosted: 2005.05.08(Sun)11:26    Post subject: Reply with quote

Flurry wrote:
If you feel your otos arn't getting enough to eat, you could try algae wafers, lettuce, zucchini or cucumber, but mine personally haven't bothered with that and are doing fine on what algae appears in the tank.


How do you get the lettuce not to float??
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Scalsmum
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PostPosted: 2005.05.08(Sun)11:52    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can buy lettuce holders at your LFS they are like a bulldog clip with a suction pad on. If you place the suction below the waterline it will hold the lettuce down. You will need to blanch zucchini or cucumber to stop it floating. I have tried these and only the Guppies bother eating it.
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Mogwai
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PostPosted: 2005.05.08(Sun)12:09    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amy - if you ever buy bunched plants, keep the lead strip which is around the bottom of the bunch - this is ideal for sticking through lettuce and cucumber to get it to sink. Very Happy
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