Well, I thought I knew a thing or two about fish, but finding this forum and reading some of the posts.....I've quickly changed my mind!
I currently own a fifty-five gallon freshwater tank with a few live plants and perhaps ten small fish. Mainly mollies, Cory fish, and two sword tails. Please don't ask me about the plants, I bought them because they looked nice.... I know, kind of pathetic, but I recently figured out that this is becoming a big hobby of mine and I'm trying to learn as much as I can now! I love my fish and the beauty of my tank. Unfortunately I didn't know Ammonia from Nitrates when I first cycled my tank (at least I knew to do that!), and now that I thought I got the hang of it, I'm reading stuff that's confusing me even more!
Well, long story short, the only thing now that I can't figure out is wrong with my tank is the color. From the middle down, the water looks...reddish. Not from Algae (I looked up every single form of it, lol), but I was curious if it was due to the six plant fertilizer 'pods' I stuck in the gravel? It wasn't red before that, so I'm hoping that's the cause. I bought the five in one test strips just to make sure, and everything is in the proper level. The darker water is causing the UV bulbs that feed my plants to not penetrate as well and my plants are starting to look worse for the wear. Should I do a water change? I did one (50%) right before I put in the plants due to high very high ammonia about a week ago...
Like I said, I'm new and trying to learn! Glad to be part of the board, by the way!
Nice to meet you all, and thank you for taking the time to read!