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Old 07-07-2013, 11:07 AM   #31 
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If you remove a filter or anything, it will cause a mini-cycle; meaning you've lost so much of your BB that the cycle cannot hold itself up properly so it will take time for it to repopulate and during that time you'll see ammonia/nitrite spikes.

Also Prime shouldn't burn you, check the expiration date if you have one on there? I mean, it will burn an open wound or cut, but not just simply by touching it.
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Old 07-07-2013, 02:32 PM   #32 
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I googled the filter for the bigger aquarium and it is:
AQUA-TECH 20-40 EZ-Change FILTER CARTRIDGE #3

So that should be good as it must be the right size. The tests matches the color of the tap water today. Should I baffle the water for the tetras and frog?
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Old 07-07-2013, 02:33 PM   #33 
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It is comes out as 2 waterfalls.
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Old 07-07-2013, 03:36 PM   #34 
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Nah, Tetra's don't mind the extra flow and some species actually enjoy it.

You don't need to get a filter rated just for 20 gallons if you have a 20 gallon tank. And actually it's recommended that you get something that's rated for more gallons, usually twice the size but a filter rated for 30 would do you great! I prefer the AquaClear 30 if you can get them, Aqua-Tech kind of sucks, I have one. But the AquaClear has different settings for flow adjustment as well which is nice and it it doesn't have cartridges, you can customize your own media. Usually you use the AquaClear foam, carbon and bio-max packages but I usually skip out on bio-max and use two foam's instead with the carbon between them More foam means more space for Beneficial Bacteria to come chill out in your tank which is good!
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Old 07-08-2013, 01:35 PM   #35 
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Since you used the word "create", how about a riparium in the extra 10 gallon?
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Old 07-08-2013, 02:06 PM   #36 
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My dream tank would be a very well planted 20 gallon with only neons in it, a big school of them (15 to 20 fish or so). Extra tanks are great!
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Old 07-08-2013, 02:27 PM   #37 
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Whats that?
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Old 07-08-2013, 02:34 PM   #38 
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A riparium? It's a heavily planted tank that is designed with both aquatic and semi-aquatic plants so that the semi-aquatic plants come out the top... You don't fill it all the way up, and you can put fish or frogs or snails or shrimp in the water. Here's a good website about them: http://ripariumsupply.com/about/
Google images also has a lot of pictures.
Someday when I have money, I'd love to create one.
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Sounds very fancy n beautiful. But wouldn't the frogs climb/jump out?
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Oh, I was thinking of aquatic frogs like african dwarf frogs. They stay in the water.
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