I knew when i got into this that it would be hard. And it is. But i'm not quitting. How do some of you make it look so easy?? Even some pet stores. I go in there and they just throw plants in a tank and dont do anything and they grow like crazy. I buy plants and make sure i have proper lighting and use the fertilizers and such, and everything dies! I pulled out all my pennywort today, never smelled something so bad in my life. A couple other plants died too probably because i never took them out of the rock wool. The only plants that havent been looking terrible is my giant amazon sword. Which looks great. And surprisingly my Madagascar lace bulb is looking fantastic. Heck, i cant even manage to make hornwort grow. How can you fail with hornwort??????? My water is practically perfect now, but i keep failing. The fish seem to be happy though. My emerald cory looks absolutely gorgeous now. I have been trying to find him some friends for a while now. Anyone know where to buy them? Nobody carry's them. And live aquaria wants more for shipping than for the fish. On the sorta bright side. My cuttlebone finally sank. I solved my emperor 400 problem. (By just removing the stupid thing). Anyone know of a fish that likes green soot algae? Im getting it on my glass now and my snail isn't doing anything with it. And is it possible to destroy purigen? I regenerated it, and it was black as can be only a week later. And when i put it in the bleach solution, it turned completely white in minutes. That just seems odd to me. Last time i left it in seachem too long and it turned grey, does that mean i killed it? Last thing, is it normal for gouramis to gulp at the surface for extended periods? As of removing my emperor, there is no surface agitation and no airstone. So im guessing i may need to add an airstone or there wont be any oxygen. Or will the plants be enough? I didnt think oxygen in the water affected gouramis,, but is there not enough, so it has to stay for longer periods? It was gulping at the surface for a good minute and a half...this is a long post i know, i just sorta let my thoughts roll out.