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Old 01-08-2013, 12:16 AM   #3021 
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Change 50% of the water twice a week and use a gravel vacuum at least one of those two times. Swish the filter media in old tank water once or twice a month.
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Old 01-08-2013, 03:11 AM   #3022 
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My tank is going through what I'm assuming is a mini cycle after putting a new filter in my tank. I seeded it with my old media, and now have a horrible looking bacterial bloom in the tank. All I've done so far is increased water changes and added some water clarifier tonight.
How long does it last, anything I can do to hurry the process up. I dont want to look at cloudy grey-ish water for ever.
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:20 AM   #3023 
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I would have left everything alone......

No WC's and let things work itself out on it's own.

When you're cycling with established filter media, it's NEVER instantly cycled regardless of what you read. It still takes TIME for the BB in the f-chamber to settle down.

The faster the bloom clears up on it's OWN without use of chemicals like "Sparkling Clear" will give you an idea of much b-bacteria you have in your filter & how efficient your filtration is. I've NEVER used clarifier because the filter will clean up the cloudiness/odors in the water in about 12-24 hours.
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Old 01-27-2013, 04:21 PM   #3024 
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Live Plant question!
If part of a leaf is brown and dead, should I just cut off the whole leaf? I'm not sure if I could just break that part off or just prune the whole leaf so I don't have plant material decaying in my tank.

And if I should where on the stem should I prune it? It is an anubias plant.

Also would shrimp likely take care of this for me? I'm not sure if they clean up dead plant matter or not oO
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Old 01-28-2013, 01:50 AM   #3025 
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Do you hang you're heaters vertical or horizontal?

Do you ever have to 'clean' you're heater?
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:26 PM   #3026 
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divided 20 long question

how many sections are recomended for a 20 long aquarium
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Old 01-31-2013, 11:39 PM   #3027 
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you can have up to 8 sections in a 20 long. 2.5 gallons a piece.
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Old 02-01-2013, 10:31 AM   #3028 
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Do you hang you're heaters vertical or horizontal?

Do you ever have to 'clean' you're heater?
I prop mine up in the substrate horizontal and next to the filter. heaters shouldn't need cleaning...
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Old 02-01-2013, 10:50 AM   #3029 
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Do you hang you're heaters vertical or horizontal?

Do you ever have to 'clean' you're heater?
Mine is horizontal at the bottom of the back of the tank so I can do a large water change, and if I forget to unplug it, it won't break.

You can clean it by unplugging it for 15 minutes before you plan to pull it out to clean, then wipe it down with a paper towel or something else that doesn't have chemicals on it. I only do this if u get heater slime
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Old 02-01-2013, 02:15 PM   #3030 
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Quick Question: I am planning on setting up a 3 gallon tank for 1 male beta in my classroom. I have had beta's in the past, but never in the classroom. Is there anything I should take into consideration for a classroom setting vs a home setting? I have an air filter and heater. I would like to also know what is best sand or gravel? Does the color matter? Would silk or live plants be best in such a small tank?

Finally, I would prefer to adopt a beta rather than support bussiness who treat beta's cruely. Please let me know if anyone is offering a beta for adoption in tn.

Thanks for all your help on my questions.

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