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Old 08-15-2008, 03:35 PM   #1
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I have a 29G tank . I have a Pleco that is about 10 inches , the other is about 6 . I have 2 African Butterflies , a Parrot and 5 small Tiger Barbs . I think I may be overfeeding - what do you suggest ? Also , how long do your lights stay on per day ? Thanks .......
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Old 08-15-2008, 08:21 PM   #2
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to large of fish for a 29G

If you have no live plants then you only need the light on when viewing or short period per day otherwise you'll get algae
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I know - everyone has said that but I wouldn't even know how to move one that big . And the grandkids would be upset ........Lost another barb today so I have 5 other small fish and the 2 plecos.I just think I may be feeding too much .
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If you dont already have one get a liquid drop test kit for ammonia/nitrite/nitrate. or post the results if you have them or the LFS can test your water.
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Get a bigger tank. That's the only solution if you want to keep the fish and if you want to keep the fish heathy. It's not right to compromise the health of the other fish just because you want to keep it in a tank that is way too small. A 75 would be the MINIMUM tank for that size fish and I say that because I know you wouldn't even consider going with a 125 gallon tank which is the minimum that I'd keep it in. A 75 would be much better though and you could add more filtration to the tank to help keep the waste down. Either upgrade the tank or lose the pleco.

Also, your tank is WAY overstocked and that's why you are encountering algae. It's not that you are overfeeding, it's that you have a HIGH level of nitrates because you have large/dirty fish. Got lots of brown on the sides of the tank huh?
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why do you think you're feeding them too much?
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why do you think you're feeding them too much?
He's definitely got an algae problem if he's asking about overfeeding and asking how long we all keep our lights on per day in the tank in the same thread. Overfeeding leads to an increase in nitrates and without live plants and sufficient CO2 algae will rapidly take over. This becomes noticeable by the brown on the sides of the aquarium and in the substrate as well as the surfaces of everything else.
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He's definitely got an algae problem if he's asking about overfeeding and asking how long we all keep our lights on per day in the tank in the same thread. Overfeeding leads to an increase in nitrates and without live plants and sufficient CO2 algae will rapidly take over. This becomes noticeable by the brown on the sides of the aquarium and in the substrate as well as the surfaces of everything else.
I was asking the thread started who actually HAS the tank. Not making presumptions.
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I was asking the thread started who actually HAS the tank. Not making presumptions.
We'll just wait for him to tell you exactly what I already stated then. Maybe you'll take notes on how to read between the lines and give people some credit for knowing how aquariums work. Stay tuned.
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We'll just wait for him to tell you exactly what I already stated then. Maybe you'll take notes on how to read between the lines and give people some credit for knowing how aquariums work. Stay tuned.
I'm still a newbie. I don't know enough to 'read between the lines' or presume what someone's problem is. I'm here to learn, not become a know-it-all. Besies, looks like that spots already taken.
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