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Old 09-08-2012, 04:20 PM   #11 
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[quote=teeneythebetta;1234489]50 watts is fine for a 5.5 gal tank if it is adjustable.
I used an adjustable 50 watt heater in my 2.5 gal quarantine tank and it worked great.

Thanks I just hope my heater still works if it doesn't what brand do you suggest?
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Old 09-08-2012, 04:23 PM   #12 
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Quick ques I heard java moss is great for water quality would it survive in low light my tank is in the basement with minimal light coming in a covered window
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Old 09-08-2012, 05:46 PM   #13 
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You need some type of live food to feed the fry. They most likely wont eat frozen foods.
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Old 09-09-2012, 10:50 AM   #14 
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Also thinking about getting a hood with a florescent bulb for a 5.5 gal any ideas?
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Old 09-09-2012, 11:19 AM   #15 
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I think I'm going to go a different route and find a larger tank with hood, filter and heater I found a 46 gal bow front for $60. Or should I find a breeder tank that is longer?
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Old 09-09-2012, 05:20 PM   #16 
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I was wondering to save money can I put a sponge in the intake tube instead of buying a sponge filter?
I appreciate all your help :)
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:23 PM   #17 
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I'm not familiar with the gadgets you asked about. But in general I prefer (for breeding) shallow and wide compared to slim and deep - though they can be bred in deep waters. IMO you can postpone water changes in shallow waters (just in case) because more oxygen gets diluted compared to deep waters.
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:47 PM   #18 
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I'm not familiar with the gadgets you asked about. But in general I prefer (for breeding) shallow and wide compared to slim and deep - though they can be bred in deep waters. IMO you can postpone water changes in shallow waters (just in case) because more oxygen gets diluted compared to deep waters.
I have a whisper power filter, I want to cut up a sponge and put it in my filter, so not to suck up the fry. I'd rather save the money if I can. It would be nice not to have to purchase a sponge filter and airline tubing and pump if i can use the filter I have already.
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Old 09-09-2012, 09:17 PM   #19 
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You don't really need a filter/pump. That's optional - though it helps dilute oxygen..... I don't use pumps until my fry are 1cm+. Just do regular water changes and they'll do fine.

I live in the tropics, so I don't use heaters, pumps, IAL, half styrofoam cups. Sometimes I don't even use plants and keep everything bare (big/long tanks). Learn as many methods as possible then tweak it to your condition. You need to find what best works for you.
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Old 09-09-2012, 09:32 PM   #20 
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the 50 watt heater rose above 80 when it was set to 80 degrees so I put the other heater back in. It will just have to be what the preset heater will do.
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