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Fish Stress - Water Quality Vs. Overcrowding


PaNdeM0niuM

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Question: is the stress from water quality, overcrowding and strong current all independent from one another ???

the reason I ask is because i was just pondering.....

lets say someone gets a bigger, more powerful filter for their tank

- kinda like at the LFS/pet store

are they able to keep MORE fish - since the filter can handle a bigger bioload ??

which brings me to the next question:

if the water quality is perfect (because of the bigger, powerful filter), then is overstocking still an issue ?

hence, can fish still become stressed not because of the water quality, but because of overcrowding and the stronger current (caused by the bigger, more powerful filter)

just something to think about.

P.S i think this hobby makes me contemplate ALOT !!!!

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Well, theres still an overcrowding issue, and only so many chamicals can be diluted in the water, like only so much oxygen, so much ammounia, etc... the guidelines we have come around to are kind of the minimum you can get away with....

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Plus, the bigger filter may be able to support more/bigger fish, but if they are smacking into the walls because the tank is too small...I would imagine thats rather stressful.

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I think that all the things work together in some way. My thought is a more powerful filter will help with the water quality and stress, but will not take away from the stunting of grow do to the lack of space

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