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I've got a 60 gallon with two large piles of lace rock work on opposing ends and a large open area in the middle covered in shells.

There is a bit of vallisneria in the center, along with some mosses and anubias growing on the rockwork.

Current tank inhabitants are 9 ocellatus gold and 6 firefin/redfin compressiceps. The comps are only about 1.25-1.5" right now so it will be some time before I need to thin out the males.

I'm wondering if I could squeeze some Cyp. Utinta in here as well or if it will be pushing the bioload too far and/or be overcrowding the tank.

I'll try to get some pictures up on Friday or Saturday to give a better idea of what I'm working with.
 

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Depending on your filtration of course there should be ample rooms to add some cyps into the mix. Is it a 4' tank? You may also find that the ocellatus will thin themselves out depending on how many of them are males. There is room in that 60 for some more fish, but give the bacteria some time to adjust before you crowd the tank with 10 more fish.
 

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Filtration is an Eheim Pro II canister filter, not sure if it's a 2026 or 2028 - but they've both got tons of biological filtration.

Added circulation with two Koralia 2 powerheads.

I've noticed, despite how small they are, the occies seem to be obsessed with taking up tons of floor space - over the entire footprint of the 4' tank they've still managed to oust 1 of the 9 to a corner behind some lace rock away from the shells.

I don't plan on adding the utinta for some time, but was just trying to get an idea of how many I should go for and what would work.
 

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I'd up the filtration by adding prefilters onto your powerheads or a HOB filter. As is, your tank is getting cycled through a filter 4 times an hour, and that's not quite enough, IME. I try to get at least 6 and up to 10 times per hour. WIth additional filtration, there's plenty of room for cyps in your tank. :thumb:
 
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