Good news! I just took home the filter and couldn't have asked for a better purchase. $70 and fully-stocked media baskets, and some --what I think to be--maylasian trumpet snails that were hiding in there to boot! It was nice and damp so the BB should still be alive, but since the tank won't be filled 'til late next week or so, I filled it with fresh conditioned water, just in case.
He's got two more for sale on Craig's List, here's the link if anyone lives near Hopkins,MN: http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/hn...475274469.html
(I'm allowed to post that link, right? ;~;)
I'm hoping the snails aren't dead... looks like at least one of 'em is alive, but methinks a few of them kicked the bucket.
I purchased everything left to get the tank set up minus plants and fishies; I have six bags of flourite sand coming in the mail, along with some spectrum small fish food 5 oz), a gallon of API Stress coat, 16.9oz bottle of prime, and two 8" amazon sword silk plants.
I'm so excited: Months of research, planning, waiting, and good luck and I'll hopefully be able to finally fill the tank and set every last thing up late next week/end or early the following. >w< YAY!
Shark and Pleco are doing well, as usual~ Shark's fins are so long, my goodness! His (invisible) pectoral fins are huge, making me think of an elephant-ear Betta. Pleco's a teensy bit bigger, too, and totally not shy. I'm hoping one day she may nibble an algae tablet or other treat off my hand.
Anyone know where I can get some healthy Khuli Loaches? Preferably the stripped ones. I'm not even going to hope for my dream Khuli, Pangio alternans ((see this link and scroll down for a picture: http://www.fishforums.net/index.php?...f-kuhli-loach/
)) I've heard they're very hard to find, and I doubt my ability to afford a great number of them. Luckily, I have to wait for Khuli's for a while anyways; I've read they should be added to mature tanks.