Overstocked tank?

Aidy Member Posts: 4
edited July 2011 in Beginner's Forum
Hi I am new to fish keeping. I recently bought a tank with the following dimensions and filter:

Tank dimensions:

Aqua One Clearview 300
max flow rate 300L/hr
tank up to 60L

The tank has been cycled. It is stocked with 1 one male siamese fighting fish, a bristlenose catfish and eight white clouds. I have a few questions:
Have I overstocked my tank?
Should I re-home the bristlenose to a larger tank?
How often should I be doing a partial water change?



  • Doug
    Doug Member, Classifieds Posts: 2,371
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    this is a ripper site and will tell you all you want to know.

    Simply plug in the details of your tank and it spits out any issues, stocking levels and recommended water changes as well as a few other things.

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  • Neptune
    Neptune Member Posts: 356

    Tank Capacity:
    Litres: 28.6

    That is if those measurements were cm.

    That is your tanks capacity not actual water capacity, you can loose a lot it depends on what is in the tank.

    That is an excellent site, copy and paste all the results please.

  • FruitSalad
    FruitSalad Member Posts: 81

    Yes I would move the bristlenose.
    Other than that the fighter and whiteclouds should be ok.

    If you look at a 25-30% water change weekly,wont be far off the mark.

  • Aidy
    Aidy Member Posts: 4
    Here are the results from the site:

    Warning: White Cloud Mountain Minnow is not recommended for your tank - it may eventually outgrow your tank space, potentially reaching up to 4.1 cm.
    Note: Betta [Male] may jump - lids are recommended. They can become stressful under presence of too many shoaling species. Try to keep under 1 shoal if the tank is small. Individual bettas may exhibit varying degrees of aggression and care should be taken that exceptionally aggressive/territorial fish be separated from a community before any damage may occur.
    Warning: Betta [Male] is not recommended to be with Bristlenose Pleco - further research is highly recommended.
    Note: Bristlenose Pleco needs driftwood.
    Warning: Bristlenose Pleco is not recommended for your tank - it may eventually outgrow your tank space, potentially reaching up to 10.2 cm.

    Recommended temperature range: 24 - 25 C. [Display in Farenheit]
    Recommended pH range: 6 - 7.8.
    Recommended hardness range: 5 - 15 dH.

    Recommended water change schedule: 52% per week. (You might want to split this water change schedule to two separate 30% per week)
    Your aquarium stocking level is 162%.
    Your tank is overstocked. Unless you are an experienced aquarist who can meet the maintenance/biological needs of this aquarium, lower stocking levels are recommended.

    I couldn't find my filter on the list, so the results are without a filter. Is there close match in the filter list?

    Thanks for your help.

  • Neptune
    Neptune Member Posts: 356

    What I like about their reports it is totally independent of this forum and gives nothing but recommendations and advice.

    Now its up to which way you go.

  • Mooo
    Mooo Moderator Posts: 7,653
    In all honesty, I would keep the 28L for a Quarantine tank (keeping the fighter in there to keep the bacterias working..& set up a new 2 or 3 foot, with a canister filter(eheim 2215) or 2x large air driven sponge filters.
    Your minnows and bn, could live in there as well as a few other small fish no problems..
    The filter you have should be ok for your small tank..It's called a HOB, hang on back I assume..
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  • Aidy
    Aidy Member Posts: 4
    I'm thinking of getting a 2 foot to 2 1/2 foot tank, and putting all the fish I currently have into it. I would like a 3 foot tank, but I don't have the room. I would use my smaller tank as a quarantine tank. I would put the filter and the heater in the bigger tank, and have them ready for use as required. What are your thoughts?

    I also have a few more questions:

    How would a fighter go in a tank this size?
    Would it be better to leave the fighter in tank by himself?
    I also want to do a better job at planting the larger tank are there any good resources out there?
    What fish would be good beginners fish for the larger tank?

    Neptune, <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.aqadvisor.com">http://www.aqadvisor.com</a><!-- m --> is great site thanks.

    Again thanks for all your help.
  • Brengun
    Brengun Moderator Posts: 1,985
    "Aidy&quot wrote:
    Here are the results from the site:
    Warning: Bristlenose Pleco is not recommended for your tank - it may eventually outgrow your tank space, potentially reaching up to 10.2 cm.
    Incorrect, they usually reach at least 12cm, most often 14cm and I have a 17cm whopper male peppermint bn.
    They do eat wood and algae tabs and what goes in comes out the other end. A 2ft could house a bn if its a suitable height and width to go with it like 15" or 18". Best for bns to be on a canister filter. <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->