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So I have this 1.5gallon tank with a Java Fern, Anubia, and 2 goldfish. The tank is only about 2-3 weeks old so it isn't cycled yet. I came back with some stuff though.
I have a bucket / siphon for water changes and a new light and timer.

As for bulbs, I have a 23W 2700K and a 13W 2700K CFL. Which should I use, or should I just go buy another one?
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I'd go for a 13w daylight above the tank.


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both are useless to plants. you want one thats 5000k-10,000k. and even 13w is pretty high light for such a small tank. youll want to keep it high above the tank.

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Those bulbs aren't useless, the color of the light is just ugly and yellow. Can you get to the store to exchange for 5500-6500K bulbs? I would use the 13 watt bulb, one was fine over my betta's hex.


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What causes this? I know the water level is low, it drops quicker with the top off and the light bulb on.



My java fern is growing, still looks rough.



Here's the Anubia.



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Make sure the rhizome of the java fern and anubias aren't buried.

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Make sure the rhizome of the java fern and anubias aren't buried.
I don't believe either are, but thanks.

What would cause the film I seem to be getting on the edge of the tank?
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That tank is far too small for those fish...


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thats just surface scum. its pretty common and harmless. a surface skimmer, or strong surface agitation will get rid of it. i just skim the top of the surface with my siphon for a bit during water changes.

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What causes this? I know the water level is low, it drops quicker with the top off and the light bulb on.
Evaporation - which increases with surface area (no lid) and heat (light).
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Hey, I don't like to be the one to say this, but 1.5 gallons is waaaaaaay too small for 1 let alone 2, goldfish. 30 gallons would suffice, but that's literally 20x more water than this.

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if you cleaned out your filter, you'd have more agitation and less film. that filter looks slowed to a trickle. And it's been said like 3 times, but you'll def need a bigger tank, else trade in those goldies for something else. gl

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if you cleaned out your filter, you'd have more agitation and less film. that filter looks slowed to a trickle. And it's been said like 3 times, but you'll def need a bigger tank, else trade in those goldies for something else. gl
I've always been told not to clean the filter to allow the beneficial bacteria a place to grow.

also, the fish are leaving once the tank is cycled and shrimp are going in.




I'm going to need a lot more plants for the shrimp.
What plants work well?
Do I need CO2?
Should I get dirt for underneath the gravel?
Should I get rid of the gravel?


I'd like a nice foreground plant that won't need CO2, also, a recommended light bulb would be appreciated as well so they get enough light.



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Evaporation - which increases with surface area (no lid) and heat (light).
I meant what causes the film, not what causes the loss of water.
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