02-27-2010, 05:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Jethro
I've reduced the order, it won't be hard to get more later if need them. I found an online stockist for that recommended fertiliser here in the UK, I'm in the Highlands of Scotland btw.
Will the plants help at all with my problem of overstocking I have at the moment?
I rescued 20 fish, mostly various small tetras, from being flushed a few weeks ago but i'm really pushing the limits of my tank and have no way of rehoming them at the moment.
I've not had a rise in ammonia and they all seem lively and happy so far. I'm a bit worried about the bioload.
Twenty "small" tetras is not much of a bioload in a 55g but I don't know what was already in the aquarium. Plants do help in all aquaria by using nutrients and toxins in the water and are more efficient at doing so than filters we can add on. But naturally there is a limit. If the tank really is overstocked--and telling us just what fish you have in it will allow us to assess this--daily partial water changes are the only way to maintain balance. And of course this must be understood as a temporary measure; fish exposed to overcrowding do develop health issues that may only be recognized months from now.