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Old 12-08-2014, 09:45 AM   #1
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Hey everyone I am new to the forum and I have a few questions.
I have a 60 gallon tall tank with white silica sand as a substrate. I have a few pieces of driftwood in my tank, a pile of slate in the corner and two clay pots.
Lights- two high output bulbs, each 54 watts totaling 108 watts. 4 feet long.
Filter- whisper 60 power filter
Plants- a few Anubias Nana, Java Fern, Amazons Swords, and planted Anacharis.
Fish- three Angels (bodies are all about the size of a half dollar coin), 4 glow light tetras (yes I know I should have a few more, haven't been able to get to the pet store), 2 German Blue Rams, 3 bristle nose plecos, 2 guppies and a snail.
The tank is about 9 months old and I do about a 20 gallon water change once a week. The dimensions are 4ft x 1ft x 2ft. And my stand it's kind of small inside.
Parameters- ammonia, nitrates, nitrites 0. pH- a little below 7.
Lights are on for about 9 hours a day. On a timer. Fish are fed once a day, either with flake food or live black worms.

My questions are:
1- can I put more fish in it?
2- I've had German Blue Rams before and I know they can be hard to keep and I've even had them breed before in my tank but they never last for some reason. Any other tips? And I want to be able to breed them.
3- I want to switch to a canister filter and my stand is pretty small inside, any ideas for a small canister filter for this sized tank that might fit? (And I want it to be hidden).
4- my plants don't seem to be growing very well, I used some plant tabs about 3 months ago can I put some more in?

I think that's it, sorry for the large amount of info lol


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Old 12-08-2014, 10:19 AM   #2
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Hi and welcome to AA, 9 months in and it seems like you have everything under control. For your stocking question you can use this link http://aqadvisor.com, just plug in your your tank, filter, and current stock and it will tell you if your over or not. It's just a recommendation, but only you know your tank.

The sand substrate will need root tabs every 3 months, especially for the swords. Is the java fern and anubias tied to driftwood or rocks? They will die if they are buried in the sand.



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Yeah I'll pick up some tabs soon than. And my Anubias is actually growing well. They are attached to my driftwood. But my fern is not attached.


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You could totally add more fish. The tank sounds amazing!


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Also, fertilizers for the plants and liquid carbon. For rams, feed live or frozen for a while and separate the eggs when you get them. Keep water warm and clean


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