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    Over Bioload?

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    I've currently only got 25 Guppies in my planted (just set up)
    Was thinking of adding 50 Cardinals, about 20 yamatos, 10 sae and otto, 1 mini puffer (for the snails)

    Its a 4x1.5x1.5 tank,

    Do you think the bioload is too much? I don't want an algae breakout
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    becareful the puffer may nip your guppies' tail.
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    think it won't be a prob for a 4ft tank. but watch out for the puffer. sometimes even cardinals will fin nip the guppies. oh btw the ph for guppies is higher than cardinals......think it won't be a good idea to mix them.

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    For planted tanks, it is best to stay on the low side for the bioload...I think the yamatoes and otos are fine but not the cardinals and saes.
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    It should be ok if your bioload is on the high side.
    PROVIDED that you change a larger amount of water weekly.

    This will result in more work and longer time required.

    I personally feel that guppies should not be mixed with other fishes. It is because there is a possibility that their tails may be ripped off by some naughty fishes.

    Another thing is that guppies need a PH of 7 while tetras do better in acidic condition. Hence it is difficult to create a ideal condtion for the both of them.

    These are only my own opinions.

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    It should not be a problem mixing guppies with tetras even in acidic condition. Guppies are quite hardy fish. I've seen tank with that mixture, and the guppies are doing great and multiplying.

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    On 9/13/2003 1:30:28 PM

    I've currently only got 25 Guppies in my planted (just set up)
    Was thinking of adding 50 Cardinals, about 20 yamatos, 10 sae and otto, 1 mini puffer (for the snails)

    Its a 4x1.5x1.5 tank,

    Do you think the bioload is too much? I don't want an algae breakout
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    No problem... tried it before. It works fine. But puffer not recommended. I did add a puffer to clear out snails. Instead the fella happily chasing my guppies and tetras (green and neon). I do have casualties and mind you, you'll have a hard time catching that puffer.

    -FND->

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    Thanks for your replies guys,

    I've gone ahead to purchase the cardinals and rest yesterday.

    So far..

    My Guppies were chasing my cardinals (Cos they were small), but now they're just leaving them alone.

    The MINI puffer's pretty harmles, too slow to attack anything..
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    One warning though...if the ammonia produced by the critters exceed the amount the plants and nitrifying could take, the excess ammonia will trigger an algae bloom no matter what...That's why I always recommend newbies to go with low bioload to get a hang of things and not to be burnt by the excess ammonia.
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    Thanks for the tip. ANyway to counter this?
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    Plant heavily and make sure that the plants grow well by supplying all the necessary nutrients needed...meanwhile pray that your bioload is not in excess....
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    I have pretty much quite alot of plants, 8 riccia meshes, 2 lawns of hairgrass, tennellus, japonica, red tiger, m japonica, and another 5 - 6 unknown species and MM. isit enough?
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