40litre tank .. how many fish?
Posted 14 August 2005 - 02:47 PM
I am hearing that I should probably have more danios (5 ideal) and more platies (another 2) but i dont want to overstock my tank and obviously if I start getting more they may have babies etc.
I just want to know roughly how many it will hold before I get in a pickle with having too many. My LFS tell me all different things!
Any advice gratefully recieved!
Posted 14 August 2005 - 05:02 PM
As for your fish:
Danios are schooling fish, and as you've discovered, they should be kept in groups of no less than five. However, they are also active fish, and a 40 liter is not the ideal size tank to keep them in. Bumblebee gobies, Brachygobius xanthozona which are probably the "bumblebee fish" you have, are brackish (salinity between freshwater and saltwater) fish, and will not be healthy in fresh water aquariums. Also, they should be fed live foods, and often will refuse anything but live foods. Your sucking loach, which is probably Gyrinocheilus aymonieri has the potential to grow to ten inches, and has a tendency to become aggressive when older. Platies, while not schooling fish, may feel more comfortable in groups. I would make your first priority the aquisition of a larger tank (around 80 liters). You will also need to return the gobies to the store, since they are brackish water fish.
Posted 15 August 2005 - 01:18 PM
But interesting to know that a 40litre tank is hard to keep healthy because I have had troubles in the past but it seems fine now.
Posted 15 August 2005 - 02:29 PM
I too started with no idea as to the stocking capacity of my tank (20L). I started with 1 pleco, 2 Danio, 4 neon tetra. I waited a few weeks and when it seemed as if everything had settled i added 3 further danios and 3 more tetra oh and 2 platies. Anyway at this stage things went alittle off teh track and i had some die back. NOw i have 4 danio, 1 pleco and 1 platie (which in the interum had babies - 4 of which i managed to save and have put into a breeder tank).
In my nieve experience, I have read (i can not remember where) but someone suggests 1 inch of fish per liter of tank - now not sure how solid this equation is, but i decided when i started the fish keeping thing (and believe me i knew nothing) to watch the fish and 1 plant that i have in the tank and they will tell me what conditions are like on the inside and togetehr wtih regular 25% water changes at least once every 2 weeks (sometimes once every 1,5 weeks), they seem to be doing just fine.
What i'm trying to say is, talk and read and try to find out, but remember to enjoy the hobby and observe, its a system filled with natural creatures and they in their own way can best let you know what is happening.
Enjoy it and cheers
Posted 15 August 2005 - 02:39 PM
The general rule of thumb is 1" of adult fish per US GALLON of water not liter. There are a lot of limitations on what you can put in a 40 liter/10 gallon tank. More than 3 or maybe 4 danios will be overstocked and that's not counting the other fish that are being listed. Also, the pleco is definitely too big for a 10 gallon. He needs to be in a 55 gallon minimum. They are huge waste producers.
In my nieve experience, I have read (i can not remember where) but someone suggests 1 inch of fish per liter of tank - now not sure how solid this equation is,
Posted 15 August 2005 - 03:52 PM
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Posted 15 August 2005 - 04:09 PM
By the way is a pleco the sucking loach?
Posted 15 August 2005 - 04:10 PM
Posted 15 August 2005 - 05:09 PM
Actually danios get to 3 or 4 inches so 5 would be 15 to 20 inches of fish plus danios are very high energy and need a LOT of room to swim.
i would of thought 5 danios would be fine in a 10 gal.i mean danios can only get to an inch maybe a bit more and the rule is inch of fish to 1 gal which would leave you with about 4 or 5 inches wouldnt it?or maybe im completely wrong.
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