People new to the hobby often find overstocking their tank to be the first big hurdle they have to overcome. Usually they don't realize they're overstocked until they start having issues with water quality e.g. sick fish, cloudy water, crowded fish.
So then they're usually having to do very frequent water changes while figuring out what to do with the fish. Get a bigger tank? Return them to the store? It would be a lot easier to avoid all that and have a decently stocked tank from the beginning.
I think that after you're a bit more experienced you start just knowing instinctively whether your planned stocking will be too much, or what fish would be incompatible, but that doesn't help newbies just starting out that are overwhelmed with info and don't really know where to turn.
So, anyone have some useful tips?
How do you tell if you're overstocking?
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