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Charlie Ashe
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Username: charlie

Post Number: 1
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Monday, April 10, 2006 - 11:29 am:       

In my tank i have two 1 and a 1/2 inch bala sharks, 1 quite large gourami, one 2inch pleco, i black molly and 9 guppies (2 male). My tank is 24inches long, and about 66 litres. Is this ok or should i start saving?!
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compensate
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Username: compensate

Post Number: 201
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Monday, April 10, 2006 - 11:50 am:       

Better start saving quickly!

Bala sharks can get over 8" (maybe more). Many, but not all, plecos get huge (12-24"!). You are probably overstocked already, even at their current smaller sizes.

Or, if you are not too attached to some of your fish, you could try to get credit at a LFS.

How long has your tank been up and running?
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John D
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Username: john_d

Post Number: 438
Registered: 02-2005


Posted on Monday, April 10, 2006 - 01:13 pm:       

The Bala sharks can grow to well in excess of a foot each.
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dan
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Username: dan

Post Number: 6827
Registered: 01-2003


Posted on Monday, April 10, 2006 - 02:02 pm:       

your tank is about 15 gallons and already too heavily stocked. bala sharks should be maintained in shoals of 5 or more and although they tend to grow slowly, will ultimately reach a foot. they need swimming room and ultimately, you should keep them in a 5 foot tank at minimum.

your pleco is likely to be a "common" and will also grow to a foot. moreover, these fish are quite messy and will overload the filter on such a small tank.

your black molly is a brackish water fish and unless maintained that way, will not do its best.

start saving immediately and get a second job. a 5-6 foot tank isn't cheap. you might be better off sticking with a few small fish which will fit in your tank.
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