08-03-2012, 02:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Blackfeet
As for the algea eater, I prefer oto cats. They only get to 2" long max and they never stop eating algea due to age unlike plecoptera species. For your size 3 will be quite adequate, 2 if you aren't going to heavily plant. Most seem to be wild caught and they need the algea at first to be where it is in nature, they adapt to eating algea wafers.
As for the order on the fish, in the order you listed them, but get the gourami last. They are kinda finicky as to water quality and it always fluctuates some when you add stuff. For the bio filter get the plants first. Get it completely set up with only the rasboros in since your ph is neutral and soft water your plants will suck the KH naturally (I would advise getting a GH & KH general a
& carbonate hardness tester and a KH buffer to keep the KH up since your plants need it too) in the water and your ph will drop. In soft acidic water all ammonia converts almost immediately to ammonium which is not toxic to your fish and the plants use as a nutrient
Should I add the entire school at once? I read that adding too many fish is bad, so just checking.
Can someone help me find a 20g hood for cheap? We have one, but it's finicky. We think the starter in it is probably about to tear up.. it's very loud and blinks when it comes on (old tank). (Edit: Or if there was some way to fix it, or a DIY hood, also open to those options.) We're on a budget, so any help would be great. Also, direction towards where to get driftwood to tie some plants to would be immensely helpful. I really think it would look great for the set up I have in mind.