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I'd appreciate some input-
I wanted to get a sense of my tanks' fish load compared to others and
haven't been able to from my archive searching. I know it's difficult to
generalize, but how heavy of a load is this?
40 gallon tank -36"x16"x17"
3 w/g light, could add more
pressurized canister co2 w/controller
Eheim 2224 canister filter ( 150 gph flow rate)
unfertilized Flourite gravel (could supplement it, none yet)
r/o source water
For the sake of simplicity, can we assume good management of
all parameters for a phosphate
and water change -25%, once every two
Feeding approach: to keep fish full bodied- but streamlined -
say -light feeding, twice a day, all
7 med. Rummy Nose Tetras- 1 1/4" - 1 3/4" (tip to tail)
5 med. Glo-Lite tetras- 1 1/4"
Is this a level that would generally require a heavy population of fast
plants to stay ahead of excess phosphate? Or, a moderate load of slower
growers? Could the tank be largely a hairgrass carpet tank, say two thirds,
with the rest java fern and swords?
I've seen more examples of Amano tanks than any others,and he keeps much
heavier loads under his specific conditions. But I suspect that most keep
their fish load below that.