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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-08-2015, 10:54 AM Thread Starter
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Completely new to planted aquariums, here to learn on what I can and can't put together in my tank.
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Welcome!! We would love to help. Give us some specs about your tank and your goal.

"I've macrostoma tastes on a veiltail budget. "

If i drew it it'd look like a monkey eating a horsradish on the moon or something
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Welcome to the dark side... lol welcome;)

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It's a 55 gallon tank, pretty decently stocked too. It was running beautifully, all the fish were healthy, active and vibrant...

Then my Pit Bull decided to eat the living room blind one day, letting sunlight hit the tank for 5-6 hours plus unplugging my Fluval canister, so it wasn't being filtered for that time too.

Well, had a huge pea green water algae outbreak, it was horrible. I have a video on YouTube of day 1 through day 7, it's something to see, lol...

Anyways, got it back under control, and decided to use live plants so that this is less of a chance, plus all the extra health benefits for the fish, not just the gorgeous water.

As a start and a newb, these are what I have picked out for my tank. Pardon me if I don't know the correct names or spelling, some of these are weird stuff that I know nothing about yet.

Anubias, 2 helferi, 1 Amazon Sword, 1 Wendtii Tropical, 2 Telanthera Cardinalis, and I have a red Myrio and purple Cabomba on the way, plus 3 Java moss patches too. I'm using root tabs, liquid CO2 and liquid plant food, adding a little under the recommended dose.

Before I added the plants, I ran phosphate remover through my canister for 2 weeks to wipe out any excess phosphates, nitrates and nitrites, a autolinking image clean tank.

Running a Coralife with 2 10k 96 watts and 2 150 watt halide 10k. The LFS didn't have any 6700k Colormax, I'll be ordering one of those in the next 2 weeks. All the bulbs are new, just installed yesterday.

What am I doing wrong right now and what do I need to do in the future.
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Welcome to this great forum.

Help those in our hobby to exceed beyond their expectations.
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70 gallon- Betta Enisae pair, betta Ocellata pair, female Betta Pugnax

29 Gallon- Betta Pallifina and Betta Patoti

20 Gallon- Betta Gladiator

5 Gallon- Betta Channoides

And numerous Betta Splendens

Coming soon: Betta Macrostoma :D
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