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    An urge to add more fish

    Discussion in 'General Aquaria Discussion' started by giar, Mar 20, 2017.

    1. giar

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      I understand before we add more fish, we need to consider the size of the fish when it reaches its adult size, our tank size, tank footprint, compatibility with the current stocks, our filtrations, etc etc etc.. the list goes on and on..

      but when your fishes arent adult yet, you already have a "big" tank, but in the mean time, the tank seems way too big for the current stock, and you think "oh just one more fish would be fine", there are still plenty room for them.

      how do you tell yourself if enough is enough?
       
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      I believe many people came across this problem, thats how they ended up with an overstocked tank several months later when their fishes grown.. correct me if im wrong :)
       
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      Since i don't have a QT tank and only have one aquarium its as simple as not wanting to introduce new fish as a means of preventing disease into my tank.

      I been raising my GT and would never consider adding something new that could make him sick. Its just not worth wasting 6 months of raising him. I am very attached to him now his personality keeps it fun. No need for anything else.
       
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      Good for you :)
       
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      For instance, someone have "A" type of fish that requires let say 200gal tank. He gets that "A" fish when it is still like 3-4in..

      You can imagine a single 3-4in fish in a 200gal.

      Later on he decides to get one more fish because it seems the tank is just so empty.

      Then another

      And another

      And another, to find out 6-8 months later his tank is just too overcrowded since the fishes Has grown up.. but it is too late already
       
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      Yeah this is very true. When I first got my stock the syndontis was .5-.75" and the GT was about 2"

      I watched the tank and it literally looked completely empty, this when on for a long time. He is now coming up to 4.5-5" and he demands the attention all the time. Don't seem empty no more. They synos are much more active and are about 1.5". Really looking forward seeing this guy when he reaches 9-10 inches.

      There is no problem getting a lot of fish to fill the tank at the get go and remove them as needed to either new tanks or re home them responsibly though. If I could find a larger GT locally I would of bought it on spot. But only young ones near me.
       
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      I believe this is also how people end up with so many tanks to care for. Lol

      As your fish grow you up grade and/or split them up as issues arise.
       
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      I used to be that way, but I only have three 8-15" fish in my 225 gallon tank right now, and I'm fine with it. Big understocked aquariums are the easiest aquariums to maintain.
       
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      so true! Low stocking = clearer water and less work overall
       
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      Yep, multi tank syndrome is incurable. The prognosis is bleak.

      RIP.
       

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