So I think I'm going to swap over to a sponge filter from the HOB. Granted I love my HOB and it's quiet, but I think the sponge filter would be better for my aquakids in the long run.
I'm planning a large cleaning/rearranging for this weekend that I'm all excited for with more live plants; I managed to find small mopani driftwood pieces at a shop in NH while I was visiting a friend so I will be adding Anubias to them with cotton thread. I also got a new adjustable heater that will be a better option during the winter than the pre-set heaters I'd bought before I'd realized that's what they were. (There's 2 in the 10 gallon and together, they barely heat the tank to 78. I'm not pleased with my ignorance.)
Eliot Ness, DeT, & Little Girl, VT.
J Edgar Hoover, Pleco; The Cavalry, Tetras;
John, Rodney, Carson, and Ronin the Cory Cats;
Snap, Crackle, Pop the Black Kuhli Loaches.
Sammie Rae & Ianto, DSHs