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Beginners 50 gallon planted tank. Advice wanted please

Hello everyone,
I recently just upgraded from a 10 gallon to a 50 gallon tank, which has been running since may 30th. Ive owned fish as long as i can remember but they were always in small numbers. The 10 gallon started getting really bad algea and i researched it and found the best solution is live plants. This sparked something from inside me. I went out and bought everything new.
Tank: Seaclear 50 gallon acrylic tank
Filter: Aquaclear powerfilter 70 gallon with prefilter attached
Substrate: flourite black sand
Wavemaker: Current USA Eflux
Lighting: Current usa led plus pro
Nutrients: flourish excel, flourish tabs, api streas coat water conditioner
Plants: i dont remember them all or if they are even still alive but some are amazon sword, banana plants, dwarf baby tears, dwarf four leaf clover, tall hairgrass, red flame sword (dont think its alive), hornwart, moneywart and im not sure of the rest. If someone can tell by the pics that would be great.
Decorative: 3 pieces of mopani wood (1 large, 2 small)
A boat
2 fake wood pieces


Fish: ramshorn snails
Blue shrimp
14 lemon tetra
4 clown loaches
1 guppy (ordered online. The other 3 died from some disease)
1 platy (from last aquarium)
4 small red tetras (from last aquarium)
1 common pleco (from last aquarium)

I am looking for any advice or suggestions. I know i need to get my nitrates and ammonia down. Would love to hear from some people. Im now basicallly obsessed with this. My daughter, whos 3, also loves feeding and watching the fish which makes it so much better

Parameters:
Ph: 7.6
High range ph: 7.4
Ammonia: 1
Nitrates2: .50 ppm
Nitrates3: 5.0 ppm
Gh- 9 drops api test kit (140-200ppm)
Kh- 3 drops api test kit (0-100ppm)
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-26-2017, 10:21 PM Thread Starter
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I am also aware clown laches are going to be toi big for the tank. Already have a llace they can go when that happens. Biught them to eat the snails because they were eating my baby dwarfs
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I am going to assume you meant 1ppm ammonia, 0.5ppm nitrites and 5ppm nitrates. Your tank is not cycled yet and therefore you need to pay close attention to your water parameters until it is completed. Keep your ammonia as low as possible 0.5ppm if possible or lower. If you hit 1ppm do a 50% water change immediately. Adding some cheap fast growing plants would be a good idea if you can. They can be removed after if you like. Also make sure you are not over feeding. Fish will do much better hungry than with ammonia poisoning and personally I would feed minimally once every 2 days until your cycle is complete, by minimally as much as they can consume in 30 sec with none left on the bottom.

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Wow ive been feeding twice a day!!! Ive been doing water changes almost every other day. I just did one after my post and after filling it up i found a baby fish!! I pulled hik out and have him set in a breeder tank. Idk if thats the only one but its all i can find.
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If you keep on top of the water parameters it won't be an issue. Just make sure ammonia stays under 1ppm. Cutting back on feeding will reduce the amount of water you need to change. I have done fish in cycles many many times and IMO its nothing to panic over but rather you just need to be diligent about water parameters. Testing daily would be a good idea until you read 0 ammonia, nitrites and some nitrates. After which keeping nitrates 10-20ppm arguably 10-30ppm with your stock is good practice. Like I say cutting back on feeding even if just once a day instead of every other will help keep things in control.

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Thank you so much for your help!!
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I just ordered another current led plus pro light and think im going to switch to a canister filter. Thinking to go with the ehiem pro 4+ 250 filter. Any suggestions on a different filter or if that one is good? And will i need any extra supplies for it? Attavhed is a guppy fry and some mopani wood i added
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Personally I like eheim filters. I'm not sure I would add more light without the addition of Co2 though.

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Well i think i have all the tools and equipment i will need for my tank!! My tank consists of:
2 current led plus pros
1 eflux wavemaker
Gla gro co2 system with ph controller
6 bolivian rams (maybe only 5 cant one for the past 30 minutes)
2 bristlenose plecos
2 bumble bee cats
1 small random orange fish
A couple guppies
2 banana plants
2 amazon swords
Red ludwigia?
Hornwort
Moneywort
Baby tears (they use to cover the entire surface area of the tank but i grabbed a few bunches of them and tried planting them, threw the rest out)
And a couple other small plants
The tank has really come along since when i first posted. Numerous plants were pearling today. The tank looks full. Im feeling pretty good about it besides some setbacks. I just hope i dont mess anything up now. Anu advice is still welcomed!! I appreciate it all. I can post pics if anyone wants to see
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