How many fish to add to your tank(newbes)

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  1. lanzo

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    As a guide to stocking levels in a reef system, allow 2.5cm of fish per 23L of water. In a fish only system allow 2.5cm of fish per 11.5 liters. Stick to these levels for the first year of a tank's life.

    There can be no hard and fast rules as no two aquariums are ever identical, but, by being conservative during the first year chances of success are greatly enhanced.
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    Sorry to bump up this old thread. Does this include the sump volume aswell?
     
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    No. Display volume only
     
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    Thanks
     
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    i dont agree with this metric at all...

    there is more to stocking levels than literage, species of fish, territory behavior, filtration you have etc.
     
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    so according to this metric, based on a Boyu 550 -

    120 L (incl of sump) - 5.2 cm of fish? so a small clown & a mollie :whistling: :lol:
     
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    Haha! 13.04cm, so a clown fish and two mollies;)
     
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    You also have to make sure that if you're using a calculation like this, you work on the mature size of the fish, not the current size!
     
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