Hello everyone my name is Marvin and I currently have a 38G Freshwater tank, with some plants but not a lot, so far in this tank I have some glofish tetras, swordtails, and platies. Recently added substrate for plants and some rocks me and my gf found to add to the tank. My first fish were the tetras, I really thought they were cool because they came in many different types of colors and many different forms. But recently I have gotten tired of them because they don't seem to have much energy compared to the swordtails and platies who will spend all day swimming around and scavenging for left over food that's stuck in the gravel, but they do poop a lot more than the tetras for sure. So I bought some substrate from petsmart (CaribSea Flora Max Planted Aquarium Substrate) that they said would help turn the fish waste into food for the plants, I was wondering what's the best way to remove fish waste since they really do poop a lot :c I was also wondering if adding some black aquarium sand would help the plants from getting uprooted? But I dont want to lose the added benefit of the substrate turning the fish waste into food for the plants. Some advice on this would be nice
Now I also have two ghost shrimps and a red cherry shrimp and two long fin rosy barbs who get a lot and scavenge with the swordtails and platies. I also have a common pleco and a very shy ralphael catfish. I had a very nicely colored Bettafish who recently died, he was doing just fine during the night swimming around, but once I woke up he was dead laying there. Anyone might have any ideas why that could have happened? Thinking about removing the tetras and just having a group of platies and swords, but anyway I think that's all for now. Anyone know of some easy to grow foreground plants that dont require CO2
? The staurogyne repens I have right now get uprooted easily by the pleco and sometimes the swords while they scavenge, and with the substrate I got I guess they cant send out runners as easily? At first they werent doing so good cause I only had a 24 inch Floramax bulb cause thats the only one that would fit my 36 inch hood, but me and my gf have recently modified the 36 inch hood to house a 36 inch floramax bulb and a 36 inch colormax bulb, and that has helped the staurogyne repens grow alot more but not send runners. I was thinking about some foreground plants that fish can swim through them and they wont bend and break off like the ones I have now. Any suggestions would help alot thanks!!
P.S Sorry for the double post couldnt figure out how to delete my first one, if I even can :/
Now to spam some pictures!
The rock that Ralph likes to hide
Alittle cave for the fish and shrimps to hide and sleep
This big rock we thought wouldn't fit but now makes for a nice cave and hill
My red cherry shrimp along with my two ghost
Located in Groves Texas