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Old 03-20-2011, 08:28 PM   #11 
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Through their gills.
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Old 03-20-2011, 08:36 PM   #12 
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Really? how? Do fish sweat or something? Or maybe its the slime they have on their skin?
They release the ammonia constantly through their gills ;)
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Old 03-20-2011, 10:09 PM   #13 
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Maybe you can get away with it maybe you cant. Like OFL always says, It's not an exact science. There are several factors to take into consideration such as filtration, live plants, type of fish, etc... Anyways, its better to understock than overstock. Why take the risk you know?
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Old 03-21-2011, 04:39 PM   #14 
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If your book is correct, you could keep one 16" fish in a 10G tank. Now, that doesn't make much sense, does it. Whereas, 16 neon tetras might be ok assuming you were extremely vigilant about cleaning and had extra filtration.
Actually, the 1inch per gallon rule is really not a good rule to use literally. As a general guideline, perhaps, but..I wish people would forget that rule completely...we know a lot more now than in years past. It makes people just getting into the hobby more likely to overstock and not be prepared for the maintenance required.

Ammonia levels isn't the only thing to keep in mind. It depends on the type of fish, their schooling habits, whether they are friendly or not, what area of the tank they occupy etctec.

In cichlid tanks, for instance, over stocking is quite common to cut down on the fighting. In cases like that, you would need much more filtration than that tank is rated for.
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Old 03-21-2011, 06:54 PM   #15 
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If your book is correct, you could keep one 16" fish in a 10G tank. Now, that doesn't make much sense, does it. Whereas, 16 neon tetras might be ok assuming you were extremely vigilant about cleaning and had extra filtration.
Actually, the 1inch per gallon rule is really not a good rule to use literally. As a general guideline, perhaps, but..I wish people would forget that rule completely...we know a lot more now than in years past. It makes people just getting into the hobby more likely to overstock and not be prepared for the maintenance required.

Ammonia levels isn't the only thing to keep in mind. It depends on the type of fish, their schooling habits, whether they are friendly or not, what area of the tank they occupy etctec.

In cichlid tanks, for instance, over stocking is quite common to cut down on the fighting. In cases like that, you would need much more filtration than that tank is rated for.

I agree the 10 inch rule isnt great either. Maybe it depends on how much bacteria you have in the tank, how mature the tank is, the size, volume, shape... Maybe in 20 years technology will be able to calculate the amount of ammonia a fish releases, or control it! And soon, fish wont even need water!
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Old 03-21-2011, 08:39 PM   #16 
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lol...they can just float in the air! It would open up a lot of flat surfaces in everyones homes.
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Old 03-21-2011, 08:45 PM   #17 
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Teehee, I could take my betta for a walk someday! Take him to the park, the grocery store, even on trips! XD And they'll start making little betta harnesses!
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Old 03-24-2011, 01:27 PM   #18 
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Well, I got four platies now, with my betta in the 10 gallon. Kinda having problems with nipping. I'll post a thread about it. No bio problems though
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Old 03-31-2011, 03:26 PM   #19 
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lol...they can just float in the air! It would open up a lot of flat surfaces in everyones homes.
I've had dreams about Mr. Fish floating around my house, haha. Numerous times!
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