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Old 03-09-2014, 07:53 PM
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Hi i have a tank 36 L by 20 H by 15 W In it I have 22 red eye tetras- (right now there is 12 but I plan on adding another 10 this friday). 2 bolivain rams a L204 flash pleco. and would like to get 2 South american bumblebee catfish. Is this a good idea?
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Old 03-11-2014, 09:19 PM
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with 22 redeyed tetras in an aprox 40 gal plus 2 rams and a pleco your already overstocked and I wouldn't risk it...
the general rule of thumb for a freshwater heated tank is 1" of ADULT fish size (so how big the fis will mature to) per gallon of water,

red eyed tetra mature to almost 3"
at 22 your looking at 66 gallons alone
bolivian rams mature to about 3" each too so theres another 6gallons
and the small line (or flash) pleco will reach about 5" full grown,
so with the additional redeyes your looking at 77 gallon tank requirement....assuming your running heavy double filtration and cleaning your tank weekly your STILL pushing your stocking rates

bumblebee cats grow about 3" so with 2 of them your looking at 83 gallons for ideal stocking rates.

if you DONT get anymore redeyes id say you could probably get away with adding 2 bumblebees but ONLY if your keep ontop of your water changes.
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