Hello,

I wasn't sure where to put this but this section seemed the most fitting.

I wanted to tell you guys something that may or may not help you if you want to stock a tank. This does not only apply to bettas. Any freshwater fish(es) will work.

First of all, I wanted to obsequitize (is that a word?) the far-too-common "inches per gallon" format that most beginning hobbyists use. I find it that it often is grossly wrong, especially with larger fish/tanks. It works just fine if you are going to put about 12 1-inch cardinal tetras (

*P. axelrodi*) in a 15 gallon, but just try putting two 6-inch oscars (

*A. ocellatus*) in the tank. Just try. Same inches of fish, vastly different outcome.

Second, I would like to introduce a new system for species tanks.

In a given tank, 10 gallons or greater*, you may house:

1 1/2 times the number of 1-inch fish as the number of gallons.

OR

3/4 the number of 1 1/2-inch fish as gallons

OR

2/5 the number of 2-inch fish as gallons

OR

1/5 the number of 3-inch fish as gallons

OR

1/20 the number of 6-inch fish as gallons.

For highly active fish such as danios, pretend that they are 1 1/2 their actual size for this chart.

So, for example, you can have 30 tetras in a 20 gallon*, but only one cichlid in the same tank.

Third, I would like to introduce a new rule for solitary aquariums.

Take the length and width of the tank. Add them together. Take the maximum length of your one (1) fish in the tank and create a ratio. For example, if your fish's maximum fully-grown length is 2 inches long and the length and width added to the tank is 20, then your ratio is 2:20. Divide the first number into the second one; in this case you get 10. Then make another ratio; now it is 1:10. Then, refer to the chart:

Min. Ratio 1:4:

Bettas

Eels (divide length by 3)

Plecos

Nonschooling killifish

Puffer fish

Min. Ratio 1:7:

Most nonschooling cichlids

Goldfish

Min. Ratio 1:9

Kuhli Loach (divide length by 2)

"Sharks" such as the Red-Tailed

*THE USUAL SUBSTRATE, DECORATION, AND PLANT SUBTRACTION RULES APPLY! I RECOMMEND SUBTRACTING ABOUT 1/6 OF THE TANK'S TOTAL CAPACITY TO MAKE EXTRA ROOM! Therefore, a 24-gallon tank actually can be considered a 20, and that's what these rules are assumed upon.

Please comment what you think of this.

Part II coming soon! (Community Tank Stocking)