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Old 06-01-2013, 09:13 PM   #1 
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Talking Scored BIG today!!!

Hey guys! Guess what I scored today...

Well, I was at a yard sale, and I saw 2 small aquariums. One was about 1-2 gallons, and the other was a 7-10 gallon tall hex. Both came with equipment. I asked the seller how much they were, and she said; "tell you what. I'll sell you both of them for $5". Of course I accepted! Here's what I got:

7-10 gallon hex, with gravel:
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1-2 gallon betta tank, with gravel and some hideous plastic jewels:
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Decorations:
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Filters for both tanks (no cartridges)
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Ancient aquarium heater, gravel siphon, and net:
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So I'm thinking that I'll toss everything porous (the gravel and that rock decoration), as well as those ugly plastic jewels. I'll disinfect everything else with vinegar, boil the net, and I will test the filters & heater. I also need to buy cartridges for the filters. Is the filter for the betta tank too big though?

What do you think of my finds?
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Old 06-01-2013, 09:38 PM   #2 
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If you can't baffle the filter for the Betta one, it might end up being too strong but worth a try!

See, this is why I love yard sales!!!!! We generally go "Yard Sailing" every Sunday lol I've been keeping my eye out but nothing so far! Good finds on your part though!!

Any idea what you'll do with the Hex?
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Old 06-01-2013, 10:12 PM   #3 
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Thanks!

I was thinking that I might put a single betta & some snails in it. Do you think it's too tall? I would otherwise turn it into a little pond replica and have tadpoles, leeches, insect larvae, etc. in it.
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Old 06-01-2013, 10:15 PM   #4 
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Yeah I think it's a little too tall, it would be too much work for them to swim up and down all day I think :/

Pond tank sounds interesting though! Although I know tadpoles like shallow water as well lol Sorry to rain on you parade >.<
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Old 06-01-2013, 10:16 PM   #5 
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I would put danios, mollies, or guppies in the hex if I were you! GREAT FINDS!!!
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Old 06-01-2013, 10:33 PM   #6 
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Danios? They need length, not height. They are very active swimmers and will not be happy in a taller tank. I know that from experience, not a good experience either.

Guppies however would be really nice with some nice tall plants like Anacharis, Valisneria, Water Sprite, water wisteria and then some dwarf sag or dwarf hairgrass for a front plant a nice big rock or something would be cool!
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Old 06-01-2013, 10:48 PM   #7 
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Guppies are a great idea! I haven't had those guys in years. Oh! and I have this piece of African bogwood that I can throw in there too... :D


I can't choose between pond tank or guppy tank! (You were right about the tadpoles though) How many guppies could I have in there? I think it is 10 gallons.

Thanks guys!

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Old 06-01-2013, 10:55 PM   #8 
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Oh wow!!! Your deal is better than mine! Yeaterday I got a 40 galling with stand and just about everything for $65. Yard sale finds are the BEst!!!
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Old 06-01-2013, 11:25 PM   #9 
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I wouldn't trust old heaters like that. Just appropriately dispose of it and get a new one.

And yeah, usually those filters for those small tanks are kind of tough on bettas. If you can pull it out, I would, and get a mini filter.
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Old 06-02-2013, 12:44 AM   #10 
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I'd go with a betta, not guppies - they are active fish and will appreciate length far more than height.

Bettas are actually ok with height - I have had a longfin female in my 18 inch-tall tank and she zipped top to bottom and back again no problems. As long as you don't go for a male with ridiculously heavy finnage, like a rose-tail, I don't foresee the height of that column being problematic. Particlarly if you have some taller plants for resting spots. :)
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