stocking an 8 gallon bio orb

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Nina_W replied the topic: stocking an 8 gallon bio orb

Rocksor wrote: even when the 1" of fish per gallon myth, you are overstocking


x2!

Nevermind their size (although I agree with Rocksor here), they swim a lot, and they are likely to fight in a small space like this. They're also tall - kinda like our oscar friends - so they're bigger fish than their length would suggest. The filtration - looks like under gravel? - won't handle their bioload well at all.

Please, reconsider stuffing three gouramis in there. I have a little 7 gallon with similar dimensions and ONE betta and ONE guppy and a handful of shrimps has it more than loaded with fish. Way more than. (this is not a good stocking combination, I am saved by dense planting and sheer dumb luck here, and could never recommend this combo to anyone responsibly)

With a tall profile like this, you also get less oxygen exchange at the surface than an equivalently sized, more square-shaped tank would get. This means less fish-sustaining potential.

In a tank this small, the water temperature, water chemistry and oxygen levels all can (and will) vary drastically if you're not very, very careful. Please (for the sake of your pets), stock more conservatively, not less, in a tank this size.

To help keep things stable, do look into the 'natural planted' way of setting up tanks (I can send you links if you like). Also, take a good long while with your cycling and your initial testing of equipment. A small miscalculation (SMALL) on my part had the tank going up to 35 degrees, I nearly killed all my shrimp. It was horrible. It also all happened in a matter of hours, if I didn't get home from work early that day, it would have all been lost (sheer dumb luck at work here).

These little tanks are in so many ways much, much harder than bigger tanks.

Again, please do reconsider. Gouramis are sensitive, more so due to line/in-breeding.

You could try a betta and some shrimps if you let the shrimpies settle in first and give them lots of hiding - this makes for a very interesting tank.

Or, a school of neons in amongst some soft foliage would look fantastic too.

Or, a single gourami with perhaps a small group of dwarf cories (again, heavy on the bioload).

I don't think shell dwellers would go well here, there isn't too much space on the ground there.
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Darth Nandopsis replied the topic: stocking an 8 gallon bio orb

"And 1 mystery snail and a couple ghost shrimp wont contrubute to the bio load almost at alliance "

So, inverts don't eat, respirate, urinate, or defecate??

I HATE these small tanks......I have dry-wall buckets that are bigger.....you actually have to be a VERY accomplished aquarist to make these things run right, & they really do require more maintenance. When things "go wrong" in a small tank, they go wrong QUICK!!!

Try a single Paradise Fish.....very hardy & quite beautiful.

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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ehall67 replied the topic: stocking an 8 gallon bio orb

I think some very good points were made sd... I how your heed their warnings

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jnet replied the topic: stocking an 8 gallon bio orb

good call paradise fish are amazing and nice and dont need heaters.

I would get the tank setup with the plants you want and cycle it before deciding but most of my gouramis have been 2inches plus and Ive kept in bigger tanks not huge about 20/30gal I think that would be fairer. Most betta fanatics recommend 10gal plus for them.

but its up to you to try; I just wouldnt.

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