04-09-2008, 11:04 PM
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If you think your tank is not cycled, I would do daily or every other day water changes to try to keep the ammonia, nitrite and nitrate down.
It seems like you are getting the right idea on what you need to do. Get the liquid tests as soon as you can, the strips are unreliable.
As for plants, you don't really need CO2 unless you are looking at going heavily planted, the best thing to do is make sure you have the right lighting.
Lighting in very important for plants, for most plants you need at least 2 watts per gallon some plants are low light plants and can grow with less but the selection is limited and they will still do better with more light.
What kind of lighting do you have? Did you get your aquarium as a kit?
Most aquarium kits don't have adequate lighting for any plants.
(i.e. my 20g came with lighting that provided less than 1 watt per gallon so I upgraded to a 40W fixture)
hope the info helps :)
good luck with your tank!