Am I overstocked ? water change regimen suggestion

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Hi all,
in my 40 gallon tank I have::
-5 yellow labs (hopefully one male + 4 female if the LFS did a correct sexing)
-4 giant danio
-2 albino corydoras (will add another 2 when they become available)
- One rainbow shark
- One rainbowfsh (I plan to add three or four more)
- one OB peacock
- One red zebra fish (Metriaclima estherae)
- two blue mbumas liklely Sciaenochromis fryeri
- one fry I suspect melanochromis I got by mistake

All are fry no fish bigger than 2 inch
LFS will exchange fsh to rehome for food as soon as they are past the 2 inch size sinvce they are too small now.
What to rehome aside the obvious (melanochromis, red zebra, and blue mbumas)
How do you calculate water change volume for malawi cichlids ?
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Noddy replied the topic: Am I overstocked ? water change regimen suggestion

Maybe test your water and do waterchanges when Nitrates reach a "certain" level? :dry:
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toni-a replied the topic: Am I overstocked ? water change regimen suggestion

Noddy wrote: Maybe test your water and do waterchanges when Nitrates reach a "certain" level? :dry:

That would be ideal if I had access to test kits :(
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Rocksor replied the topic: Am I overstocked ? water change regimen suggestion

50% water change every 3 days
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toni-a replied the topic: Am I overstocked ? water change regimen suggestion

Rocksor wrote: 50% water change every 3 days


Please Rock this was based on which calculations ?
Do malawi cichlids follow same rules as oscars for water changeand nitrate ?

By security measure I am doing something like 80% water change twice a week :)compared to the oscar all the fish in the tank combined produce less waste than the oscarm when I do gravel vac I have almost no waste on the sand, when it comes to the oscar tank, the first 5 gallons of water I vacuum come out very dirty then water clears.
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Rocksor replied the topic: Am I overstocked ? water change regimen suggestion

experience with 10" oscar, 12" oscar, 11" pleco, 7" JD in a 110g tank
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Darth Nandopsis replied the topic: Am I overstocked ? water change regimen suggestion

Fish are fish, no matter the genus, & still respirate, urinate & defecate in the water,& all aquariums, regardless of filtration,are artificial enviroments, so, as always, you can never, ever, change enough water, ever.

Also, cichlids, regardless of size, species, or genus, are tremendous producers of dissolved metabolites, & are quite sensitive to them, even in minute amounts.

The best thing in the world that you as a hobbyist can do for your fish is change the water as often as humanly possible.

THOSE WHO REFUSE KNOWLEDGE ARE DOOMED TO FAIL.

WATER CHANGES ARE THE LIFEBLOOD OF THIS HOBBY. IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE SO OR SIMPLY DON'T FEEL LIKE DOING THEM, RE-HOME YOUR FISH, SELL YOUR AQUARIUM & FIND ANOTHER HOBBY, AS YOU WILL FAIL UTTERLY, COMPLETELY, & MISERABLY.
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theniceguy9112 replied the topic: Am I overstocked ? water change regimen suggestion

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Nina_W replied the topic: Am I overstocked ? water change regimen suggestion

sexing yellow labs at less than two inches? Wow! You must find out this guy's technique for me.

Why not get an idea from aqadvisor?
www.aqadvisor.com/

they tend to be horribly conservative on water change regimes, but it will give you some idea.
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bassetman replied the topic: Am I overstocked ? water change regimen suggestion

cool tank calculator. :P


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