So I've been stalking this site for like a year and finally made an account! I have a 55 gal aquarium that's been up since June and had several black mollies, neons, and a 13in pleco in it. I say had because my mom did something to the filter and every fish died over the weekend, that was about September. I put some feeder fish in it to re-cycle it after cleaning out all the dead and removing one filter. It now has an Emporer 280 Bio-wheel and 14 neon tetras. I use Prime water treatment. I added the neons one week ago and they seem to be doing great, but they don't school much and every once in a while it looks like they are almost fighting?
There is a ton of plants(well.... 10? Two are pretty big as I've had them 3yrs+), not sure what they are all called but I know I have java moss x)
Sorry about the lack of plant info.
The plants all appear healthy as far as I can tell, aside from a few brown slimy leaves on some, they are dead. But some leaves die off naturally, right? I just pull them off when they do that..
My substrate is the standard gravel at pet stores/walmart. Is that ok? About 3 inches deep in some spots, I want to add more because I think some of my plants need more coverage.
Water is 77F
and according to my "quick dip test kit" (a stick thing) the parameters are...
20-30ppm on nitrate (due for a water change).
I do partial water changes about every two weeks with a gravel vac, but I don't get too close to the plants because of their roots. I just try and get the biggest stuff/ dirtiest spots.
I've heard the water tests are more accurate? Like with drops and stuff.. but my petstore can do this when I go in if I bring a sample. Would it be worth buying some or is this test sufficient?
SO... my big question is what kind of a community tank would be good? For the longest time I was having issues with mollies, the black ones did great but all other strains died off slowly :/
I really like all the livebearers, dwarf gouramis, and betta fish. I was thinking about having a betta and some guppies but if he was aggressive to the guppies I wouldn't want that, and it does happen in several cases. I want more plants, and some water sprite, but is my gravel ok for them?
I'm not sure what will work well
Again, I have 14 or so neons already. Is the filtration good?
Thanks!! ANY criticism is loved, I won't be offended. I'll try and get pics.