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Lowering stock, add ferts?

I'm in the works of rehoming almost all the guppies I have in my 75g, and then the stock will be just 3 guppies, a bristlenose, two cories and a bunch of cherry shrimp, down from at least 50 guppies now. I'm going to be getting fancy goldfish in the future, but I want the plants to be doing a lot better than they are currently before that happens. Should I start looking at adding ferts in the meantime? I've never added anything before, and I'm not sure what I'll need.

Atm, I'm having problems with algae, so I might be replacing the lighting I have with lower lighting and see if that helps. Also trying to get a canister filter, as the two powers I have aren't quite moving the water around and stuff is settling on the plants.
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Hello Sad...

You should find new homes for all your tropicals if you're getting goldfish. Goldfish aren't tropical fish and prefer much cooler water temperatures. You'll stress them if you put them in warm water.

You'll also need to get new plants. The ones you have are tropical and require warm water. I don't think adding fertilizers will get them through totally different water conditions.

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I'm in the works of rehoming almost all the guppies I have in my 75g, and then the stock will be just 3 guppies, a bristlenose, two cories and a bunch of cherry shrimp, down from at least 50 guppies now. I'm going to be getting fancy goldfish in the future, but I want the plants to be doing a lot better than they are currently before that happens. Should I start looking at adding ferts in the meantime? I've never added anything before, and I'm not sure what I'll need.

Atm, I'm having problems with algae, so I might be replacing the lighting I have with lower lighting and see if that helps. Also trying to get a canister filter, as the two powers I have aren't quite moving the water around and stuff is settling on the plants.
Fancy goldfish will eat your plants. I know there are a few they will leave alone, but they will eat most.
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I appreciate the concern, but the tank hasn't had a heater since I set it up, going on somewhere between 6-8 months ago, and the tank the fish were in before that were also heater-less. The house stays at about 70F and the only problems I had were a sickness with a couple cories. Everything but the cories and lone bristlenose have been doing well and breeding. I'm going for a subtropical tank and it's been working pretty well for me.


As to the goldfish eating plants, I'm prepared for that, I've been doing a lot of research and seen some amazing planted fancy goldfish tanks, which is why I'm trying to get the plants going really good before I add them. That way they'll be able to handle the nibbling and general roughness better.
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