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    Question Am I over stocked??

    Do you think I am over stocked? I am posting this as I have been reading alot over the last few days, there seems to be alot of differing opinions on this. I have a 72 gallon bow front, with HOF, Excalibur skimmer good to 100 gallons, 3 power heads on a wavemaster pro. About 100 pounds live rock.

    1 Yellow Tang
    1 Blue Tang
    1 Flame Hawk
    1 Maroon Clown
    1 Perc Clown
    1 Bi-colour Blenny
    1 Dwarf Lion
    1 Blue Damsel
    1 Copperband
    1 Bi-colour Pseudochromis

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    for freshwater u can use the 1" per g. ratio.. but for salt you have to go 5g per 1" to 10g per 1" depending on the fish type.
    5g per 1" = 14.5" ( 72 / 5 = )
    10g per 1" = 7.2" ( 72 / 10 = )

    calculate the amount of fish in lenght u have.. but my guess is.. yes.. its over stocked.

    I have less fish then u in my 130gtank w/30g sump.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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    bah... overstocked... I say fill her up!!!

    lol..

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    IMO you are overstocked....BUT thats not to say that you should whip out the net and and start yankin out fish..i just would'nt add anything else thats all. be carefull not to overfeed and watch your nutrient levels. if its feesable i would add a sump as well to increase the water volume. one thing tho,, you said that the poor perc is trapped behind the filter box because of that whale of a maroon you have there. i would take the perc or the maroon out and you will have a more peacefull tank.
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    When you are doing the calculating, remember to use the adult fish size - not there present size unless you plan on finding new homes when the fish get bigger.

    I could be wrong but I think you are also going to run into territory issues as the fish mature and want to establish their own space.

    Vickie

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    these fish are pretty huge now FEI...they are all very nice specimens

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    Personally I'd say that's quite overstocked.
    Susan

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    Most of the reading I've done recommends no more than 1 tang in a 72G tank (and most people suggest that 72G is too small for even one - not due to bioload but due to limited swimming room and territoriality issues). Having two tangs, including a blue which needs even more room than the yellow, would be over-stocked. If you are asking this question because you are thinkingof removing fish, I think that would be good.
    Nick

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    im going to build a 3-4" sized fish reef tank..

    that way i can have 4 or 5 fish in a 65 gal..

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    I think you WAY WAY overstocked considering the amount live rock you have it brings down the volume of your tank also.
    Derik...

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