I had a brand new 75 gallon tank set up with about $75-80 worth of great new plants, just going through the new cycles and all. Plus It's lit by two 54 watt HO
bulbs as well as two 40 watt grow lights--totalling 188 watts overall.
Unfortunately, I had spent a week in the hospital (pneumonia) but the tank and it's inhabitants were taken care of by qualified help. It had nine zebra danios and the lights were kept on for 12 hours a day.
When I got back home, to my horror, I found a green tank, dying and dead plants and about a dozen tiny snails moving about. The tank looks horrible.
I went to my local aquarium store and they tested the water and suggested a dozen more fish to help give the plants nutrients. They didn't suggest a water change, but told me that the tank needs to cycle two more weeks.
We added a dozen hearty tetra. But I am very concerned in the plants and the algae. I want to add many more plants, perhaps three times the amount, but I'm afraid to do anything else until all these problems are solved.
I'll add two photos. one of both sides of the now-lousy-looking tank and a close up of one of those pesky snails inavading what once was a very nice plant. (only a week ago).
Thanks so much, I look forward with baited breath to all of you advice...