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post #21 of 36 Old 10-10-2010, 09:04 PM
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No absolutely not needed I have non in my tank!
Also while you see SOME algae in tanks as this is only normal; if you have some type of serious algae outbreak, that means the tank's bio-system would be off balance, so I can only tell you keep the balance between lights, water changes, amount fish (co2) and plants and you won't have issues.
Last but not least also be aware there's many different algae TYPEs that can occur in a tank, any of these so called "cleaner fish" touch one maybe 2 algae types but not all, meaning you could have a total outbreak of 1 type algae and the BN would still not have sufficient algae for him to feed off of.

Why stores always make you want to believe you *need* a certain kinda fish is fully beyond me.
I don't know your stock, but lets say you have 3 Platy and 2 Cory right now, then I'd suggest to up the group sizes to what's more natural to them (in my cases that's ~8fish per group).

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post #22 of 36 Old 10-13-2010, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
It has been 5 days now and all the plants seem to be healthy. I realize that there a lot of factors involved, but how long will it be before I can expect to see some growth? Am I looking at days, weeks or months here? I love the look so far but I am wondering if I should plant the tank heavier.
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post #23 of 36 Old 10-14-2010, 12:53 AM
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Everything they stated, however I think going "cheap" may not be the best way to go, depending on your situation.

46 Gallon BOW front (Semi Aggressive)
2 dianos
3 Angel fish
2 Bala Sharks
2 Irredescent Sharks
2 Silver skirted tetra
2 red rose barbs
1 pleco

29 Gallon BOW front (tropical community)
12 Neon Tetras
3 Black Tetras
2 Red wag
2 Sunbursts
1 Black mollie
2 Guppys
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post #24 of 36 Old 10-14-2010, 05:59 AM Thread Starter
uh what?
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post #25 of 36 Old 10-14-2010, 12:36 PM
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I mistyped, sorry. It was late. I was stating that all of the info. that they said was very true. I use a 9100K light buld. I am thinking about going to an LED light setup.

46 Gallon BOW front (Semi Aggressive)
2 dianos
3 Angel fish
2 Bala Sharks
2 Irredescent Sharks
2 Silver skirted tetra
2 red rose barbs
1 pleco

29 Gallon BOW front (tropical community)
12 Neon Tetras
3 Black Tetras
2 Red wag
2 Sunbursts
1 Black mollie
2 Guppys
1 Pleco
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post #26 of 36 Old 10-16-2010, 11:53 AM Thread Starter
It has been 8 days now and all the plants seem to be healthy. I realize that there a lot of factors involved, but how long will it be before I can expect to see some growth? Am I looking at days, weeks or months here? I love the look so far but I am wondering if I should plant the tank heavier.


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post #27 of 36 Old 10-16-2010, 01:18 PM
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It has been 8 days now and all the plants seem to be healthy. I realize that there a lot of factors involved, but how long will it be before I can expect to see some growth? Am I looking at days, weeks or months here? I love the look so far but I am wondering if I should plant the tank heavier.


Can't really answer this without a photo so we can see what it looks like and then we might suggest what to expect in growth from the various plants.

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post #28 of 36 Old 10-16-2010, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
I'll work on some pics.
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post #29 of 36 Old 10-16-2010, 05:58 PM Thread Starter
Here are some pics, sorry camera is in the shop. I had to use my phone.
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post #30 of 36 Old 10-16-2010, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
sorry pics kinda suck
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