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Ive got a Fluval Flex 15 with a 75 watt heater, an additional 12w aquasky light in the lid, passive c02 and a 3w sub50gph uv sterilizer (not in the tank yet). Tank has been filled and filtering for 3 days - Ph is currently 7.4 and ammonia is at 1.0ppm. I'm planning to add 5 easy level plants on Saturday (FUN!). One of my lights is on a timer running white light from 1pm - 7pm (I plan on putting the uv sterilizer on this same timer schedule) and the other light is on full RGB+W from 11am - 8pm with a 1 hour sunrise/sunset.

I am using Seachem stability and the cycle is supposed to be finished by Monday morning I guess. I have a bacterial bloom and the tank has started looking more clear as of today. I am hoping to buy fish on Sunday. My plan was to start with 2 Male Endler Guppies, a Male Calico Platy and a snail. As the tank matures and I get a handle on keeping I would like to add a school of ~8 Rasboras, a Blue Neon Goby, a couple shrimp or a pom pom crab and another snail or two.

I would say the tank will be moderately planted, not heavily - and I got some Flourish Excel I plan to dose very carefully. I hope I'm doing it right. Here are some questions: Should I use ammonia and pH controlling products (I want a pH of 7) or is the key patience (and maybe that mini uv sterilizer)? I kinda understand how many fish I can keep in the tank, but I have no idea how many shrimp/snails/pompoms I could keep in there with the fish. If I keep shrimp will they breed like crazy? Will a single shrimp be stressed? Can I keep the Goby with shrimp and crabs or will they bother each other? Is there anything (fish, tech, youtube channels) anyone recommends I look into as I start this journey? Thanks so much!!
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Welcome to TPT.

Don't mess with your water. As the tank matures, you will end up around 7 pH anyways. The fish you listed like harder water and higher pH but still will do fine in a broad range. Don't try to achieve a magic number, strive to achieve stability

A good fish load calculator: AqAdvisor - Intelligent Freshwater Tropical Fish Aquarium Stocking Calculator and Aquarium Tank/Filter Advisor

With common snails, if you have 1 you will have 100.
Have fun!.
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