We'll start off with my tank params....
I have a 47 gallon (tall) aquarium currently housing 6 tiger barbs and 1 bala shark. I am using standard gravel as a substrate and do not have any live plants in the tank. It has been set up for about 2 months
Ammonia is at 0ppm
Nitrate is at 5ppm
My nitite is at .5ppm
and my pH is at a 7.6 (I am currently trying to find something to bring it down to about 7.2)
so here we go.
1.) I have a serious brown algea problem. It is growing on the fake plants, the aquarium walls, the filter, and some on the rocks. My question is: Is this as normal as I have heard? According to many people this is just the algea phase and will pass, and is caused by my tap water. And if it is normal is there any product out there that can help me get rid of it any faster?
2.) My second question is about the barbs. I have 6 tiger barbs (started with 8...) and 5 of them usually school while the other hangs out with the bala shark. Now, the one who does not school is a shrimp compared to the others even though they are roughly the same age (the lps had a sale 4 for 5.25....new batch) So...is this just the fish being an "unconformist" or is something wrong?
3.) My friend wants to get into the fish life and we were wondering what are some pros and cons of using sand as a substrate as opposed to gravel?