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Old 10-01-2010, 12:11 AM   #1 
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Penn Plax Pro-V Decorative Aquarium Waste Adsorbing Crystals?

Has anyone here tried them? Did they work well for you? With my 1.5 gal tank I figured they would be a huge help in keeping my ammonia levels low (If they work that is).
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Old 10-01-2010, 10:30 AM   #2 
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Has anyone here tried them? Did they work well for you? With my 1.5 gal tank I figured they would be a huge help in keeping my ammonia levels low (If they work that is).


The best way to keep ammonia levels low is, Frequent water changes..
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The best way to keep ammonia levels low is, Frequent water changes..
I do change the water frequently, I just mean I want to make sure the levels don't even have much of a chance to go up between changes.
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Old 10-01-2010, 11:00 AM   #4 
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If you want to make sure ammonia levels don't have much of a chance to go up, I recommend just cycling your tank. Granted, you have a 1.5 gallon tank, but items like this are usually sold as a scam to make money, and in the long run the money you put out for these items will be so much more than just getting the 5 gallon kit from wal-mart that runs $30 and cycle it. :S If fish keeping were that simple, it wouldn't be so much fun.
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Old 10-01-2010, 11:08 AM   #5 
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If you want to make sure ammonia levels don't have much of a chance to go up, I recommend just cycling your tank. Granted, you have a 1.5 gallon tank, but items like this are usually sold as a scam to make money, and in the long run the money you put out for these items will be so much more than just getting the 5 gallon kit from wal-mart that runs $30 and cycle it. :S If fish keeping were that simple, it wouldn't be so much fun.
Believe me, if I could I would go all out and get a 10 gallon tank, cycle it and everything. Sadly, I'm a broke college student with limited space and funds. Also, the largest tank we're supposed to have is a 1 gallon so I'm already .5 gallons over the limit :P. The rule isn't really enforced though so I plan to get an Aqueon Mini Bow 2.5 in a few weeks.
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Old 10-01-2010, 12:23 PM   #6 
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Believe me, if I could I would go all out and get a 10 gallon tank, cycle it and everything. Sadly, I'm a broke college student with limited space and funds. Also, the largest tank we're supposed to have is a 1 gallon so I'm already .5 gallons over the limit :P. The rule isn't really enforced though so I plan to get an Aqueon Mini Bow 2.5 in a few weeks.
What's the price of the Aqueon Minibow? If I remember correctly it's about the same as the 5 gallon kit from Walmart. I have the 5 gallon kit on my dresser (college student as well) It's actually pretty small. It's 16 long x 8 deep x 10 high. It's really only the size of a laptop. =] I have it on my dresser so that when it's cycled I can see Genie from my bed! XD

They don't have the kit I have online anymore (because the same kit with the added heater costs about $12 more: better business) but any walmart with a fish section will have a 5 gallon rectangular starter kit for about $30. (light blue packaging. It'll either say Aquaculture or Tetra on it)

They also have a new 5 gallon starter kit available in limited stores but free shipping to your local store if you order online! =] It's a hexagonal bowfront and it's had rave reviews on here: hawkeye 5 gallon online All you gotta do is order it and they'll have it at your local walmart the next day for you to pick up. =]

Why pay $30 for a 2 gallon or 3 gallon when you could get a 5 gallon? =]

I advise buying a 5 gallon first, taking the empty tank out of the box and seeing if it'll fit where you want it to go. =] If it does I'd stick with that. ;] It'll give your new friend more swimming room and you can put more decor or plants in there. =]

That's just me though. ;] Do what makes you happy. =]

As for the crystals I have no idea. =/ Sounds like a scam though. =/ If they look really nice and you think they're worth it as decor then I'd try them out. If they work that'd be awesome. =]
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What's the price of the Aqueon Minibow? If I remember correctly it's about the same as the 5 gallon kit from Walmart. I have the 5 gallon kit on my dresser (college student as well) It's actually pretty small. It's 16 long x 8 deep x 10 high. It's really only the size of a laptop. =] I have it on my dresser so that when it's cycled I can see Genie from my bed! XD

They don't have the kit I have online anymore (because the same kit with the added heater costs about $12 more: better business) but any walmart with a fish section will have a 5 gallon rectangular starter kit for about $30. (light blue packaging. It'll either say Aquaculture or Tetra on it)

They also have a new 5 gallon starter kit available in limited stores but free shipping to your local store if you order online! =] It's a hexagonal bowfront and it's had rave reviews on here: hawkeye 5 gallon online All you gotta do is order it and they'll have it at your local walmart the next day for you to pick up. =]

Why pay $30 for a 2 gallon or 3 gallon when you could get a 5 gallon? =]

I advise buying a 5 gallon first, taking the empty tank out of the box and seeing if it'll fit where you want it to go. =] If it does I'd stick with that. ;] It'll give your new friend more swimming room and you can put more decor or plants in there. =]

That's just me though. ;] Do what makes you happy. =]

As for the crystals I have no idea. =/ Sounds like a scam though. =/ If they look really nice and you think they're worth it as decor then I'd try them out. If they work that'd be awesome. =]
Like I said, I would get a large tank like that but that rule I mentioned is in place. It isn't really enforced much but I don't want to push my luck. Also, when I say I'm space constrained I mean REALLY space constrained, I have a lot of junk XD. Besides, I like the Aqueon Mini Bow kits ^^.

Yeah, I know they sound a little too good to be true, but it won't hurt to try them out (especially since I already bought them XD). I just wanted to see if anyone else has tried them out before :P.
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I don't know about the crystals, but I use Aqueon Ammonia Neutralizer in my 1.5 gal. in between water changes if I notice ammonia in the tank. It works great and my betta has been healthy and active as ever. I do 100% water change once a week on the weekend and a dose of ammonia neutralizer about halfway through the week when I notice ammonia in my tank.

Just be careful if you buy an ammonia neutralizer/remover, some people reported them being harmful to the bacteria in the tank (not a problem if you're not cycled), some don't get rid of ammonia, and a few brands made the fish sick. So research a brand before you choose. I went with Aqueon because I found no complaints about it only positive remarks. It cost me about 3 bucks at Petsmart.
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If you want to lower ammonia then just plop a plant in there. Its the most natural way...
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If you want to lower ammonia then just plop a plant in there. Its the most natural way...
There is no way I'm putting a live plant in this tiny tank.
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