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Mis-sold fish
#1
Hey,

I’m new to fish keeping (6 weeks in) and I’ve just discovered that Pets at Home have made me overstock my tank! I followed their point system which said I could have 24 “fish points” in my 40 litre tank. I’ve got 6 gold barbs and 6 zebra danios, and from what I’ve read I now believe I’m overstocked. Is there anything I can do to help my fish?
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Theres a couple of options.

1) Take them back and try to get a refund on being sold fish that are not suitable for your tank/conditions
2) Rehome the fish
3) Buy a bigger tank!
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No. 3 is my preferred option - I’m kind of attached. What size tank would I ideally need?
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Going by internet advice a 90L would be ok for the gold barbs ( 3ft ) but i'd always go with bigger being better. @plankton would you agree on this size?
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A non-technical answer. Get as big a tank as you have room for or can afford because after a very short time you'll want more fish! It's an addictive hobby. I'm new to the hobby and have a 60l tank. I wish I had more room for a bigger tank and permission from the boss.  Sad
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Both species would require a tank measuring 3 foot (minimum), length is more important than height.
Danios despite their size are a very active fish and require the space.

Hope it helps
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Hello and welcome to the forum, hopefully you can get a suitable solution to your situation, as mentioned above it is addictive and as you say you’re already attached, so a bigger tank sound they way forward if you have the room and cash. You might see a 2nd hand one on the various buy and sell sites.

Good luck and keep us posted. If you get chance post a photo of your tank, we love photos here Wink

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(25-04-2019, 12:02 PM)fr499y Wrote: Going by internet advice a 90L would be ok for the gold barbs ( 3ft ) but i'd always go with bigger being better. @plankton would you agree on this size?
Hello? You rang?
Yes, I agree. Danios are quite fast and the barbs are bigger than realised, so a 3' (or better still, a 1metre as they are readily available nowadays) is the optimum size.
You can go bigger if you want. Wink Big Grin
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