11-22-2007, 03:31 PM
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Well my 55 gal tank looks pretty filthy and it's only two weeks old. I have 9 Tiger Barbs and 9 Serpae Tetras, one Marineland Emperor 400, one Whisper Power 60, and still no clue how much to feed the fish. I know the idea of not giving more food than they can finish in a couple of minutes, but that only works when they actually eat the food that I put in the tank. I'm feeding flakes, pellets, and freeze dried bloodworms. I catch myself putting a bit of each two to three times a day. I put extra charcoal media in the 400 because the water started to stink, but it didn't seem to help and that's when I put in the 60.
So this is my idea, feed only 2 times a day, flakes in the morning and pellets in the evening. Do a 50% water change, a filter change in both filters, and a charcoal change in the 400. If I continue on this route, do you think I will achieve crystal clear water? Is this, cloudy, how the water is supposed to look during the first cycle?
Any questions or comments?