Originally Posted by waterdog
Stocking has a lot a variables in it. Filtration and water changes have a great effect on stocking levels.
Example: I have a 40 gallon coldwater tank with fancy goldfish. "The Book" says 10 gallons per fish. I have 7 in my tank.
The difference? My HOB is rated for a 70 gallon tank, PLUS I have a sponge filter rated for 20 gallons, AND I do once a week 50% water changes.
This tank has been this way a year now and the fish are getting so big I will have to seperate them soon just cause they are starting to bump into each other!
I know filtration has a ton to do with it, which is why I'm so glad I took lilnaugrim's advice and got the Aqueon Quietflow20 for this ten gallon. I am more comfortable having a larger number of girls and potentially a snail or something like that. I am still deciding exactly what will be in the tank to help clean it, but I fully intend to have something, especially considering now that I have driftwood in mind to put in there.
On a side note, pretty bummed my last shipment from Amazon isn't here when they promised it would be. It has my heater in it, although I suppose I can cycle for a few days without the heater. It also has my mangrove root in it, though, and I'm one of those strange people who doesn't like to set up a tank until I have all the pieces I intend to put in it lol. Might just go buy a mangrove root and return the one from Amazon when it arrives (whenever that may be... -_-).