I have recently gotten a 5 gallon filtered and heated tank. It has an established biowheel, and I filled it up with new dirt and gravel, and put in some new plants right away. I have been letting it cycle itself by using the plants and biowheel. I have some questions now, however.
-I was away for a number of days, and upon returning, I see some white fuzz on a few of the plants. One of the plants where it is quite bad, the top of the plant looked OK, but the bottom was rotted out, and the plant split when I tried to pull the fuzz off. What is this fuzz, and how do I get rid of it? Is there a fungicide (Id guess thats what it is, as there are no fish in the tank or anything else) to rid the tank of this stuff so tyhe plants cna be healthy and happy?
-Can I put a fish in (I wanted to get my first tetra) while the fuzz is there? I cleaned it all off, so there is hardly any visible currently.
-How do you deal with dead leaves on plants? I had one on another plant in my aquarium, and pulled it out with my fish net. Is it better to let them decompose in the water and let the bacteria have their way with it?
-I cannot get my water temperature below 80-82. It never goes higher, but unless I set my AC
to below 75, it doesnt cool down. I have unplugged my heater and tried leaving the light off... No help. Will this temperature be OK?
-With a 5 gallon heated and filtered tank, how many small fishes may I have in there? I wanted silver dollars, but they grow o are, so Im thinking of maybe four tetras (two of two varieties), and then maybe a ghost shrimp on the bottom to keep things clean. Would this work or is it too much stff in the tank?
-How long should i have the light on in my tank, pr day since I have all real plants?
-Will fish eat the white fuzzy stuff and dead plant leaves to keep the tank clean? Will this, or just the presence of this stuff make the fish sick?
Thanks very much for your help with my lengthy question session. I hope to have my first aquarium going (with fish) soon.