Stocking Advice

Discussion in 'Fish' started by myboyshay, 7 Jul 2009.

  1. myboyshay

    myboyshay Member

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    Hi everyone,

    I'm in the planning process of a 60x30x36cm Iwagumi using 5 seiryu stone, Hemiantbus callitrichoides "Cuba" and Echinodorus Tenellus. (full ADA substrate system)
    I am wanting to stock with Hyphessobrycon Amandae(Ember tetra I think), Oto's and Amano Shrimp.
    Could anyone advise me on how many I should stock and the best time/stage to introduce each species.

    Thanks in advance

    Mark
     
  2. Steve Smith

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    I'd say a shoal of 10 would be a good number :) What filtration will you be using?
     
  3. George Farmer

    George Farmer Founder Staff Member

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    I agree with Steve. 10-15 embers, 4 otos and 8 shrimp, give or take.

    ADA Aqua Soil releases ammonia initially, so don't stock until the ammonia and nitrite levels are undetectable, usually after 3 weeks or so with a new filter. The bigger the filter the better for various reasons (circulation, bio/mech filtration).

    I usally stock a few algae eaters at first, once the filter has cycled and there's some healthy plant growth, then stock the remainder after a couple of weeks.

    Change 50% of the water every day for the first two weeks from start-up to help prevent algae.

    All the best with the set-up. It sounds very nice.
     
  4. mattyc

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    i have a tank similar in size to yours and i have 10 harlequins and 4 ottos and about 20 small cherry shrimp and everything seems fine at the moment, it took 2 weeks for my amonia levels to drop to a level where i could add fish and i only have half a 9L bag of ADA AS in my tank!! as above i put the algie eaters in first then added the harlequins. hope it works out!

    Matt
     
  5. myboyshay

    myboyshay Member

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    I'm glad I asked because I was thinking around 20-25 embers.....I say this because I was going to try and "copy" as best I can a 60cm step by step by the great Amano I seen in the Jan-March issue of the AGA's journal "The aquatic gardener".

    The tank will consist of approx 12kg seiryu stone and approx 11L Aqua soil powder, will i be right in saying there'll be around 55L of water?

    Filtration will be a TetraTec EX700 with a Hydor external heater (I hope this will not slow the circulation too much) so hopefully I will get sufficient flow/filtration etc.

    Thanks for the advice on water changes George was wondering how much, how often.

    My tank and stand should be coming in the next couple of weeks and I honestly can't wait to get going, I've spent a small fortune on equipment and that's why I've been a bit of a pain on the forum. I wanted to clue up as much as possible and I'm really grateful for all the advice (especially Graeme TGM and George's various articles and threads).

    I'll send some pics when i feel the tank is looking the way I want......so fingers crossed!

    Once again thanks for all the great advice everyone

    Mark :D
     
  6. LondonDragon

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    You have to remember that some aquarium photographers might introduce fish to the tank just for the photo shoot and then remove them again ;)
     
  7. myboyshay

    myboyshay Member

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    Good point!

    Thanks
     
  8. Themuleous

    Themuleous Member

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    How about starting with 8-10 and see how it looks? Personally I like to have a few more than would probably be the norm as I like fish. The key thing in terms of stocking I think is that it is a shoal of the same species, number can change depending on personal taste :)

    Sam
     

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