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I just got a 10 gal tank for my kids. it was mainly to put their african dwarf frogs (frog-o-spheres) into something bigger than the box theyre in now. We have 4 frogs and were looking to add some fish to the tank. My older sons loves the pristella tetras (because you can see their bones) but I've read you should have 5 or more in the tank. If I add 5 to the 4 frogs, according to the calculator here, I need to up the filtration. Any suggetions as far as fish (type & amounts) and the filtration situation? Before I get beat up, I know I shouldve got the bigger tank but I dont have a place for a big tank yet. Thanks in advance for the help.
 

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More filtration will ot help with an overstock situation. Any calculator that says it will needs to be considered suspect at best. More filtration will move more water and pick up more solids but the essential function of a filter is not picking up solids, it is removing ammonia from the water. Any decent sized filter that has been properly cycled will do far more biological waste processing than the nominal stocking on a tank for which the filter is rated. The end product of a cycled filter is nitrates which must be removed with water changes. The real limit on population is how often and how large you are willing to make your water changes. If you changed 50% of the water every day, including weekends, holidays and other days off, you could stock at much higher levels than any calculator is going to tell you. The down side is that the first time you missed a water change, you would quickly start losing fish to chemical poisoning.
 
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