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my first freshwater aquarium, tell me if this works

critique my first aquarium as I'm a noob and critics are healthy.

Currently I have
5 neon tetras
6 various platys
1 female betta
2 plecos
7-12 red cherry shrimp

edit-- tank is 30 gallons.. overstocked? can I get more fish?

I have a aqueon filter running 24/7 with ammochips added on and a sponge filter running 12/7
I have a co2 system as you can see on the right
and I have this lighting system although am unsure if it is sufficient for the plants I have "pics of the bulb below"
air wand runs throughout entire aquarium only on at night to preserve co2





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looks fine but i prefer the use of dark colors substrate, the fish look healthy though oh and use at least a background so it will look a bit natural
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looks fine but i prefer the use of dark colors substrate, the fish look healthy though oh and use at least a background so it will look a bit natural
haha I always forget to take the measurements.. ill get it eventually =D
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If you have root feeders you might want to add root tabs to the substrate to provide them nutrients since the gravel is inert.

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You are not overstocked, but I wouldn't necessarily add more fish, at least for now and until you have solid plant growth. Umm...what kinds of plecos?

Looks like a lot of light, but that's hard to see from the pictures. Eventually I would move on to a simple T5 lighting strip. Looks better and does the job. By the way, why are your lamps wrapped in tinfoil on the outside? Fear of alien mind control?

Nothing outgasses CO2 like a sponge filter. In fact, the main outgassing effect of a bubble bar comes from the surface movement, not the little air bubbles. A sponge filter just raises hell on the surface (especially if it's one that makes the big gurgling sounds, i.e. one that doesn't have an air stone inside. What kind of CO2 do you use?


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damn... So the beta munched out on a chunk of the platys tail last night and is displaying aggression generally towards other platys..
What should I do with her?
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Move the betta her to her own small tank. Any time you put a betta with other fish you need to be prepared to move it to it's own home if things don't work out in the community. Get her a 2.5g or 5g and use a bit of filter media or some filter squeezings from the main tank to cycle it.

As someone else asked - what type of plecos are they? If they are common plecos then yes you are very overstocked. If they are a smaller variety then no you are not. How long has it been set up and did you cycle it before you added the fish? If not you are going to have to monitor your water parameters very closely and do water changes because you will get alot of ammonia with that many fish.

And yeah - what's up with the lights? They do look EXACTLY like I would imagine a tin foil hat to look!
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Move the betta her to her own small tank. Any time you put a betta with other fish you need to be prepared to move it to it's own home if things don't work out in the community. Get her a 2.5g or 5g and use a bit of filter media or some filter squeezings from the main tank to cycle it.

As someone else asked - what type of plecos are they? If they are common plecos then yes you are very overstocked. If they are a smaller variety then no you are not. How long has it been set up and did you cycle it before you added the fish? If not you are going to have to monitor your water parameters very closely and do water changes because you will get alot of ammonia with that many fish.

And yeah - what's up with the lights? They do look EXACTLY like I would imagine a tin foil hat to look!
yes I just went out and bought a 10 gallon tank for the betta with a sponge filter as antibacterial for the injured fish.. These are common plecos, once they get big I plan to move them to a 70 gallon which I will have by then..
These are budget lights, as long as they do the job I'm satisfied.
reason I used tinfoil is that they emit a lot of light which blind me, thus I covered it up.
Tank has been cycled for nearly half a year.. I had goldfish live there for about 4 months with cherry shrimp
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damn so it seems my red cheery shrimp have went instinct last night.. I found one dead one under the castle the rest are nowhere to be seen.

Anyone have any theories?
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Probably eaten by the betta or platies. If they were small, the neons might have picked on them too.


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