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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-26-2011, 11:30 PM Thread Starter
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16 gallon tank plans

Here are my plans for my new 16 gallon tank, and I was wondering if they sounded okay

Dimensions
2 feet long by 1 foot wide by 1 foot tall

Heater
One 50 watt aquarium heater

Filteration
One PF10 5 to 10 aquarium filter
One aqua tech 5 to 15 aquarium filter

stocking
6 neon tetras
2 to 3 kuhli loaches
3 endlers
3 male guppys

Planting
4 sword plants
2 to 3 bunches of hornwort
One clump of java moss
2 bunches of moneywort
1 bunch of Cardamine Lyrata
1 small bunch of anacharis
6 to 7 stems of bacopa carolinia

Substrate
Quick Crete playsand

Feeding
A mix of tropical fish food, Betta food and goldfish food flakes 2 times a day every day
Mosquito larvae and brine shrimp as a treat every week once a week
Fasting on Sunday

Water changes

1 25 percent water Change weekly
1 50 percent water change monthly
1 100 percent water change annually

16 gallon - 11 neon tetras, 6 Pygmy cories, 6 kuhli loaches and 1 male Betta
15 gallon - 1 male Betta, 3 platies, and 5 guppies
6 gallon - 1 male Betta

All planted tanks

In My Opinion a Betta deserves nothing smaller than a 5 gallon tank
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-26-2011, 11:48 PM
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Did you get the Tetra kit? The one from Petco? One thing about the heater is that the watts aren't enough to heat the water with ease. It will work harder. I got the kit and I ordered an aqueon 100w heater.

Just remember that if your tank isn't cycles you will have to do more water changes. Btw live plants will only help with the ammonia etc. if they are thriving which at first they ring due to shock.
I hope it works out!


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Yes I did get the Petco kit, and thanks for telling me that about the heater. The tank is already cycled with mature filter media. The plants are already established. Thanks and I hope everything goes out well too. Keep your fingers crossed

16 gallon - 11 neon tetras, 6 Pygmy cories, 6 kuhli loaches and 1 male Betta
15 gallon - 1 male Betta, 3 platies, and 5 guppies
6 gallon - 1 male Betta

All planted tanks

In My Opinion a Betta deserves nothing smaller than a 5 gallon tank
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Yeah I know I order this heater http://www.amazon.com/06106-Heaters-...4962221&sr=8-3 I bought it online because at Petco it is $40 lol. I am going to be dirting the tank so it will be interesting for me. Where did you get the playsand? A hardware store? I need to find a sand to cap the dirt and it will either be pool filter sand or playsand. Does the play sand look natural?


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Thanks for the link
And for the playsand question, I got mine from lowes, and IMO it does look natural here is a pic of it in one of my other tanks

16 gallon - 11 neon tetras, 6 Pygmy cories, 6 kuhli loaches and 1 male Betta
15 gallon - 1 male Betta, 3 platies, and 5 guppies
6 gallon - 1 male Betta

All planted tanks

In My Opinion a Betta deserves nothing smaller than a 5 gallon tank
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I like the look of it! I am going to check the hardware store that is really close to me, if not I will drive a bit and go to Lowes. I am going to be making a sorority and I might get cories but I am not sure yet. Should I get cories or just all girls? Do you use any ferts? I am going to try and get T5 light or 6500k lights so I can have ludwigia be red instead of green. So youre not going to have any bettas right?


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I might have some bettas but I still need to think about it. I probably am going to. Thanks for the compliment, I hope you find some playsand and no I do not use any ferts
if I were you I would just get all girls

16 gallon - 11 neon tetras, 6 Pygmy cories, 6 kuhli loaches and 1 male Betta
15 gallon - 1 male Betta, 3 platies, and 5 guppies
6 gallon - 1 male Betta

All planted tanks

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Alright thanks more to rescue right lol. Wow no ferts you must have a good light!
Or you are a wizard? o.O lol


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Lol I'm not a wizard, the only reasons they look like that is because I have a 15 watt light and lowlight plants

16 gallon - 11 neon tetras, 6 Pygmy cories, 6 kuhli loaches and 1 male Betta
15 gallon - 1 male Betta, 3 platies, and 5 guppies
6 gallon - 1 male Betta

All planted tanks

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Lol, do you know any good plants they usually have at LPS?


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