Aquarium Stocking Calculator with Intelligence!Author: Yeo-Hoon Bae
Last Updated: Apr 22, 2010
Yet another boring aquarium calculator?There are many aquarium calculators on the internet. Just try "aquarium calculator" on Google. Most of the calculators simply function as unit converters. Few calculators do attempt to calculate bioloads for selected species but uses simple generalized rules such as "1 inch per gallon" or "x inches per y square inches of tank". Both approaches fail miserably in reality. And these problems are just beginning to scratch the real problem underneath. The real challenge behind stocking calculators is determining the compatibility between selected species. Most experienced aquarium hobbyists believe this is an impossible problem to solve using a computer application due to huge number of variations that need to be considered.
The goal was to solve these challenges. AqAdvisor.com is an intelligent online aquarium stocking calculator with knowledge database that expands!
Summary of featuresAqAdvisor.com will:
Knowledge Databse that grows!There are over 850 species and 300 filters to choose from and the numbers are increasing every week. Internal knowledge database features over 40 different attributes per each species. These attributes are used to describe individual species including their physical and behavioral traits. AqAdvisor.com uses these attributes to determine if potential issues could arise between the selected species. Both number of species and number of attributes increase over time and data itself is being fine-tuned. So time is our friend - database will become larger and more accurate as time goes by. AqAdvisor.com was designed ground up to be extensible and flexible.
Weekly releases allows frequent introduction to the new features and refinements to the knowledge database. User feedback/comments are collected and if make they sense, most of them will eventually show up in AqAdvisor.com. Request for any missing species, filters or tank dimensions in this forum!
Attributes galore!Here are some of the attributes AqAdvisor.com considers before displaying warnings:
I do expect this list to grow further quite rapidely. As you can see, this calculator is far more than what most calculator does using "inches per gallon" rule.
It's not perfect!Far from it. There are reasons why most experienced aquarium hobbyists think this is impossible. There are so many factors to take into account. Although AqAdvisor.com has accumulated a good deal of knowledge already, there's still much left to collect. Data for common species are in good shapes but rarer species need more input. More it collects, more accurate it will become. If you find wrong results, please leave feedback. Every feedback is helpful!
This tool is not a replacement for experienced keepers' advices. Please do continue to ask questions and even talk about stock suggestions in your favourite forums. See forum listing page for the listing of aquarium related forums.
You can further discuss or leave suggestions in this forum.
Try out our Intellegent Aquarium Stocking Calculator.