10-22-2008, 07:07 PM
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Originally Posted by 1077
How long has your tank been running? are there any other fish?
i was thinking the same thing. funny how no one else mentioned it. you have too many fish for a non-established tank. big fish=big waste. you did research but you didn't do the proper research. your tank isn't established by any means. it takes 4-6 weeks or longer for the benefical bacteria to grow to covert the tank's toxic waste from the fish/food. i hate to say it, but your fish are on route for a slow death possibly. you should have looked into a fishless cycle. i recently reset up my 55gal after a 3 year drought. i started it up on 8/31 and its still cycling. I know yours isn't close to cycling, unless you helped it out by using media from an existing tank.
as far a co2. co2 depends on your plants like the first response you got. getting this plant and that plant is the wrong approach. research its profile first. plants have needs just like the fish and if you don't meet them, they too will die off and you waste money in your investment. if you don't do the diy, you can use flourish excel. it is a carbon substitute. there is no better solution than a pressured tank though. but many have success with excel. lighting is part of the big three. lighting, co2, nutirents. Balance them right and you will have less algae/problems. 100w of light on a 50gal could be too low, just right or too much. again, this too depends on your plant choice.
Last edited by flight50; 10-22-2008 at 07:12 PM..