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New to Freshwater and new 15g

Hello All,

I want to say this is my first experience with Freshwater aquariums. I have had reef for 7 years and now that I have a son I thought we would start with a freshwater tank. The tank is a standard 15g with dual 65 watt pc's. One 6700k and the other actinic. I know the actinic does not do anything but it is what I have. I also have a 10k that I could put in but thought it would be too much light. I have 40lbs of eco complete substaight with a piece of driftwood (have no clue as to what type) a aquaclear 70 filter running BRS 8 carbon, ammonia remover, and sponge. Have a few plants and a few fish. The tank has been up and running for about 3 months.

Question one is this too much light. Should I run both or just one of the 65 watt bulbs.

How often should I be changing the water?

What type of water should I use? I have access to RO or RODI or tap water.

Again thank you for all your help.

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I think you should just run 1 bulb. Some people change water every week, some every couple of months, all depends on you and what your tank is setup for. People do water changes in planted tanks to reset the cycle when adding ferts, but if you have just fish and a couple plants no dosing, you could still do it once a week to replace trace elements.
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I think you should just run one bulb, for sure. That's still going to put you on the high light side. How are the plants you have in there now growing? What type of fish do you have? I do 25% weekly water changes. Personally, I'd start with using your tap water and if you have trouble with things in the future you can switch to the RO. Just be sure you are dechlorinating it with a product like Prime or something like that to make it fish-safe. You will want to think about if you want to run Co2 or not. Take a look at the DIY Co2 you can make, its cheap, its easy, your son would probably enjoy watching it work. Also adding some fertilizers helps too. You can buy these at most pet chain stores. I'd suggest Flourish comprehensive to start. These together will make your plants look great. Also, with that wattage you should be able to get some plants to be nice and red. Go to the shop and swap thread here and take a look at all the different plants people sell and often give away.


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I think you should just run 1 bulb. Some people change water every week, some every couple of months, all depends on you and what your tank is setup for. People do water changes in planted tanks to reset the cycle when adding ferts, but if you have just fish and a couple plants no dosing, you could still do it once a week to replace trace elements.
Thank you for the reply. I thought one would be enough but wanted to make sure. I will start doing the weekly since I already do it with the reef it should not be a problem.
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I think you should just run one bulb, for sure. That's still going to put you on the high light side. How are the plants you have in there now growing? What type of fish do you have? I do 25% weekly water changes. Personally, I'd start with using your tap water and if you have trouble with things in the future you can switch to the RO. Just be sure you are dechlorinating it with a product like Prime or something like that to make it fish-safe. You will want to think about if you want to run Co2 or not. Take a look at the DIY Co2 you can make, its cheap, its easy, your son would probably enjoy watching it work. Also adding some fertilizers helps too. You can buy these at most pet chain stores. I'd suggest Flourish comprehensive to start. These together will make your plants look great. Also, with that wattage you should be able to get some plants to be nice and red. Go to the shop and swap thread here and take a look at all the different plants people sell and often give away.
Thanks. I have to prune a few of the plants regularly as they grow to tall and start shading the rest from above. Is this bad/good? Also I use tap water with prime. As for C02 I could probably t off my calcium reactor. I would just need to get a bubble counter correct.
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