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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-17-2012, 09:39 AM Thread Starter
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this is aquarium http://www.walmart.com/ip/Aqua-Cultu...allon/17248151

it's 17x11x11 (LxWxH) ... is that wide enough?

i can still return it.. and get a standard 5 gal i guess
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I have white gravel and I do 100% water changes. But I also have 2 live plants, so does that mean I do not have to do 100% water changes I can just do 25%?

The tank from Wal-Mart looks nice. I like that it has a light. My tank came with nothing and I do not have a light and I wish I did!

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If you already doing 100% continue to do it. I do it and my fish live long life.25% water changes i will not recommend to do for any size of the tank.
50% is minimum.
Just make sure you acclimate you betta when you do 100% water changes. The new water temperature need to be approx the same as his. Also when you have him in the changing cup add new dechlorinated water and let him sit in it for about 5 min and then do it a few times this way he will get used to new chemistry/temperature
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if you have an NPT system... a 100% water change has the potential to crash the system by stressing out the plants. so it is highly NON recommended. ofcourse with other ystems 100%s are always great.


as for the 25%...
a weekly 25% is normal amongst cycled tanks...

get the shrimps after you set everythig up. they're not as forgiving as bettas on bad water parameters

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I have white gravel and I do 100% water changes. But I also have 2 live plants, so does that mean I do not have to do 100% water changes I can just do 25%?

The tank from Wal-Mart looks nice. I like that it has a light. My tank came with nothing and I do not have a light and I wish I did!

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it depends on your live plants. if you have slow growers like javafern or anubias. do the 100%s... and you only have two plants.. my tank is filled with plants. lol.

this is one of them
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i want lots of plants... what type of light are you using... looking at them now
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i want lots of plants... what type of light are you using... looking at them now
I use a 6500k 23w cfl. you may not need this much light, I recommend a 13w light. this will satisfy most aquarium plant's lighting needs.

I also use a normal table lamp. but if you want something like a hood, there are 12.5 in perfecto hoods selling on amazon.

the color temperature of your light is very important. otherwise you may get some nasty algae :/
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