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Severely Overstocked
Photo by Abdullah from India 2012

How many fish can you spot in this picture? I spot 23 of them, but there are supposedly 54 fish currently in the tank! While a tank like this may look good on product packaging, and the decoration is rather pleasing, this tank is severely overpopulated. At the current fish size, the fish tank contains nearly four times the number of fish it can support, and once the fish are grown, it will be over ten times the number of fish this size of aquarium can safely house! Overpopulation is still one of the major causes of problems with home aquariums.

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