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Old 02-27-2012, 07:48 PM   #11 
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15 gallons would safely hold 8 girls..

There are no true cleaning fish that will take away our job- but ghost shrimps are good at algae, they may also eat any excess food that has fallen to the bottom. But if you feed mostly pellets then that wouldn't be an issue. So if you have algae, then I would recommend ghost shrimp or a snail..

You can add in other peaceful fish, and have a lower amount of girls.. say 5 girls and a couple platies, or cories.

If you are not going to have live plants, then I would say 30-40% water change with vacuuming of the gravel once a week is plenty.
Planning on live plants and some silk ones, at first, until plants fill out more...
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Depending upon how many plants you get- I would go ahead and suggest 30% water change per week, and since live plants use waste and left over food as fertilizer, just to siphon the tank twice a month when doing a water change. If you have a test kit, monitor the water the day before a water change for the first few weeks to see if you have to up the % until the plants grow, or can lower the % you take out each week. But 30% is usually standard.
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Depending upon how many plants you get- I would go ahead and suggest 30% water change per week, and since live plants use waste and left over food as fertilizer, just to siphon the tank twice a month when doing a water change. If you have a test kit, monitor the water the day before a water change for the first few weeks to see if you have to up the % until the plants grow, or can lower the % you take out each week. But 30% is usually standard.
Ok, sounds good!!! Thanks!!!
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