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Originally Posted by tomcatguy74 View Post
You'll probably need to do another water change to get your levels down.
I'd rehome the pleco and not get another. 5 gallon isn't big enough to have one. I only got my bristlenose when I got my 250-litre tank.
I've found it easy to maintain tanks with live plants, but I've just got gravel substrate. I'm not attracted to having sand, I like to get my vacuum down there and I'm not sure how I'd clean sand. In a 5 gallon you'd need to get plants that aren't going to take over the whole tank. I started with some java moss tied to a piece of driftwood - easy to remove if you want to. You could add a java fern tied to a piece of driftwood while keeping your plastic plants and see how it does. If it thrives you could consider planting something else in your substrate.
Disadvantages - you've got bits of vegetation to have to clean out (no major drama, IMO). Sometimes the plants can die and make a mess (no major drama, IMO).
Advantages - they help process the fish waste, they look good, the fish like them.
I have sand and all the doo sits at the top of the sand and I simply get the siphon close enough to were it sucks up the doo and no sand. My siphon doesn't really suck up the sand so i also drag it across the sand and that is the most effecient way.
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4 Pangio Kuhli
12 Hemmigrammus Bleheri
2 Botia Lohachata
1 Botia Straita
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6 Poecilia Reticulata
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