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Newbie having plant trouble...

Hey all. I hope you're not getting tired of answering these types of questions. I have an eclipse corner 5 that i got for xmas. I have had fish for the better part of my 28 years but have never ventured into live plants. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity since it was on a small scale so i purchased some.

More than half of the plants died (i think) within the first 2 weeks. The only ones surviving and doing quite well are the java ferns.

I cycled the water first for about 2 weeks and added some plant starter.
Here is what i put in the tank:

2 Java Ferns
2 Indian Red Swords
1 Bunch of Brazilian Micro Sword (i spread it out slightly)
2 Anubias Nana (recommended to me for low-light in the rear)
2 Australian Rainbows
2 Red Eyed Tetras
4 Cherry Barbs
1 Chinese Algae Eater

I also replaced the bulb with a compact florescent 50/50.

I've recently been hearing about C02 but i know nothing about it. Do I need it? How do I use it? Any comments or suggestions would help.

Here is what is left:
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I have found that micro swords can live for a while without co2 but they grow better with it.
And if that is a five gallon tank that may be a bit of a heavy fish load.
If that is regular gravel you might consider adding fertalizers.


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For a 5 gal, you'll want to move all those fish elsewhere, maybe the barbs will be ok in that size tank.



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I know the general rule of fish per gallon, but i have seen many tanks with lots more fish. For example, i have seen 36 gallon tanks with 50 neon tetras among other fish. Some I have seen on this forum. Thats why i didn't think a few more fish would hurt. Are there certain circumstances when more fish are acceptable or are they doing it wrong too?

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Yes, people can get by with a very high fish load and high maintenance, but most of the fish you have are to large to thrive in a 5 gal tank when they reach adulthood, it's best to find them a different home.



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