10-07-2010, 05:07 PM
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Fishless planted tank 24 hours old, bacteria bloom?
So this is the first tank I've attempted to set up since I was a kid and I 've been trying to read up on everything I need to know, but it'd help to get advice from the experts.
I just started and planted my 12-gallon tank a day ago, and I came home to a cloudy tank. From what I've read, it's a bacterial bloom going on, although it seems a little early for that I've read conflicting things about whether these bacteria are beneficial or no good.
Is there anything I can/should do about them? One site said that I shouldn't "feed" them with anything, as this will only encourage their growth, but I've been putting in a pinch of fish food a day to rev up my hopefully-growing colonies of nitrogen-eating bacteria.
Should I BE "feeding" anything in the tank if I've got plants, too? And in that case, how soon should I be adding fish? Will this bloom hurt them?
I've got an AquaClear 150 filter and one Wisteria
, a few Anubias
, and a Java Fern
in there. :)
Thanks so much, guys.