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I dont think that you are over stocked, I think that your filtration is well underpowered - as Terry has said 5 times flow is always a good starter - a 5x2x2 is roughly 550l off the top of my head, so your canister (even at full rating) will only circulate water 2.5 times at best.

May want to put a high flow internal in as well perhaps?

You dont have a large stocking rate so that will help with water quality, but the 5 times rule is still a good one overall.

cheers

Kadango

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Filtration and Water changes are the key.

I have a 6 x 3 x 2.5 and I have more than double the amount of fish you are listing in my tank. I plan to thin them out soon but the point is, they are all very healthy and happy. I purposely overstock to reduce agression amongst the larger Americans. This isn't for everyone, but it works for me.

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Otto's are great internals, I don't own one myself but since my mate has bought one and I've seen how good they work and how reliable they are I know what i will be replacing mine with when they kick it. In a 5 x 2 x 2 I would go for the 2000 l/hr model for sure.

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