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Old 03-19-2010, 01:10 AM   #1 
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Talking YAY! New tank for a sorority! set up help?

YES! Today is my birthday and i will be buying a BRAND SPANKING NEW tank for a sorority!!! I am hoping to get a tank no less than 10 gallons and have sand as my substrate, terracotta pots (up to 3) as caves, and plenty of fake plants (not sharp and i say fake because i get lazy and dont trim real ones :P lol ) As for the filter i want to find a filter that doesn't make a large current (i dont want my girlies to be going "AAH ITS A TSUNAMI!" All the time LOL) Any good suggestions for them? I will of course buy a light and heater and i was wondering if i should get a bubble maker? And one last question: Is sand easy to clean and how do you clean it or is there something better to use for a substrate? And are there any improvements i can make to my plans? Thanks! Answers are appreciated and we will be purchasing the tank and supplies on sunday or monday. 8) You know the first time i came on and saw you saying they were addictive i thought "pssh" then i got a betta and im like " I NEED MORE!!!" 8)
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Old 03-19-2010, 07:40 AM   #2 
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congrats! bdays are quite handy alright!

sand is a pain tbh... defo rather go for gravel or marbels even... sand goes all over the place when your cleaning! i hate sand lol. an air pump is a good idea. it looks nice too! and fish like to play with the bubbles too.
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Old 03-20-2010, 12:12 AM   #3 
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Thank you! Gravel it is!
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Old 03-20-2010, 02:32 AM   #4 
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YES! Today is my birthday and i will be buying a BRAND SPANKING NEW tank for a sorority!!! I am hoping to get a tank no less than 10 gallons and have sand as my substrate, terracotta pots (up to 3) as caves, and plenty of fake plants (not sharp and i say fake because i get lazy and dont trim real ones :P lol ) As for the filter i want to find a filter that doesn't make a large current (i dont want my girlies to be going "AAH ITS A TSUNAMI!" All the time LOL) Any good suggestions for them? I will of course buy a light and heater and i was wondering if i should get a bubble maker? And one last question: Is sand easy to clean and how do you clean it or is there something better to use for a substrate? And are there any improvements i can make to my plans? Thanks! Answers are appreciated and we will be purchasing the tank and supplies on sunday or monday. 8) You know the first time i came on and saw you saying they were addictive i thought "pssh" then i got a betta and im like " I NEED MORE!!!" 8)
As far as a filter goes get a power filter raited for 5-10 or 2-10 gallons rather one that says 10-15 or 10-20

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Regent-For...-1-ct/10313136

I seem to remember other members say the filter in the link above has a flow adjuster?

http://www.tetra-fish.com/sites/tetr...d=1276&cid=280

Also the one in the link above, is for 2-10 gallons.

Really I dont think it would hurt anything to get a filter raited for smaller tanks than you have, bettas dont need huge strong filteration.

10 gallon tanks need a heater of 50-100 watts.
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Old 03-20-2010, 07:37 AM   #5 
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Make sure you really want a sorority. After setting mine up and seeing how stressed my girls are, I wished I never put them in together. This isn't to put you off of a sorority, but to think about it more.

As one member who was helping me with my sorority said, a filter can help break up a fight between two or more girls. You just have to move it around every once and awhile. Please get a filter that is for at least for a 5 gallon tank.

I would get one real plant. Real plants are just so relaxing looking. Fake plants will never go into my aquariums once I finish putting all the real plants in them. My java fern hasn't needed really any upkeep. Some fake plants look really nice though.

A bubbler isn't needed, so you can go without. I love the look of a bubbler in the corner. It's mainly your personal preference.
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