Join Date: May 2010
Location: Rancho santa margarita, California
need help again :/
hello, i havent been on recently for a good number of reasons, but heres a rundown of whats happended
heres what i got:
55 gallon tank
topfin 60 powerfilter
1 DIY Nutrafin CO2 dispenser
5 Boesemani rainbows
5 Gold barbs
6 Praecox rainbows
2 Sterbai corys
1 Stripped raphael catfish
2 18" 15watt full spectrum T8 bulbs
6-7 Amazon swords
6 Argentinian swords
5 Chain swords
Things i know i want/need to get:
another topfin 60 powerfilter or Aquaclear 70
6 Sterbai cories
3 boesemani rainbows
2 praecox rainbows
8 roseline sharks
8 silver or marble hatchets
Anubias (preferably nana)
Dwarf Baby tears
Red melon sword
Koralia power head
Budget: Low budget, money comes from chores, birthdays, and good grades at the moment, hopefully soon a job too.
currently just dosing KENT Marine pro-series pro-plant recommended dose arund 3 times a week
i do have root tabs but currently not using them, used them for the swords
lights are on for about 12 ours a day (little to no algae)
last time i tested Ph is around 6.6-6.4 and everything else is ok, im only doing top offs , so no WCs.
i definatley want to upgrade lighting to expand my options on plants, but if i remember this causes the need for more/less CO2 and more/less ferts. so confused at the moment.
for the lighting if and/or when i upgrade will it be better to get whole new fixtures or replace the bulb and ballast(or whatever that other bit is called?)?
how long should i keep the lights on and what else can i get for the plants fert wise?
i could order most of the plants im seeking now, and have all of them in in two days, would this be a wise decision?
what should i get first? i cant get more fish till i get either the new filter or enough plants to support till the new filter, plants idk, and id think the powerhead would be of little use at the current moment??
some plants are being torn up and this could indicate the fish arent getting enough veggies, they werent doing this before but my dad thre away the food so that will be replaced soon.