Originally Posted by Silverfang
On a different subject, sorta, will the desk lamp about foot away from the aquarium be enough light? There was no light with the kit, just not sure he he'd be happier with bright light or not.
It'll be enough light, if you think it is too light, you can move your tank slightly further away. I might add that your temp really ought to be 78... if you can get it there, I HIGHLY reccomend doing so~
Originally Posted by bahamut
My Quick Question: Could anybody help me out by giving me prescribed water changes for the following tank sizes? I need to know for both Filtered and Unfiltered!
1G, 2G, 5G, 10G, 20G
1 gallon: 100% every other day. Because it is so small, even if it has a filter and is cycled, it's too small for a steady cycle... so better safe than sorry.
2 gallon: 50% 2-3 times a week and one 100% once a week as well (gravel vacc recommended). This applies for both filtered and unfiltered, see above for an explanation.
5 gallon: if it is cycled with a filter, then one 50% once a week ought to be enough, though if you have shrimps or snails in there as well, I'd maybe do another 25% sometime else during the week. Unfiltered tank will be something like 3 50% a week with one 100% every other week.... I think. If you have a water test kit, test every day and go by what that seems to say. (param apart from nitrAtes need to be less than .25 ppm)
10 gallon: cycled/filtered would be about 25% once a week with just one betta. If you have other livestock in there, I'd just be on the safe side and do 50% a week. In a non filtered tank, I think
50% twice a week with a 100% every other week would be enough, but still water testers will probably tell you better than I can.
20 gallon: I'm going to assume this will be a cycled tank. Doing 100% on something this size seems like too much work. In general, with cycled tanks (5 gallons and up) , 50% water changes once a week is the way to go.
As I said before, I guesstimated for the unfiltered/cycled 5 and 10 gallons.
Originally Posted by Pheonix
So my question: Should i take the new heater back when i take the old one back and get a refund on both and get a new one i can actually set myself or should i give the marineland a chance to do it's thing? i think after having a day to heat a 3 gallon tank it should have done it's job but didn't.
I'd say give it a bit of time, and if by tomorrow it isn't working up to par, return it. The issue with preset heaters is that they can be a bit iffy at times. Try returning it for a new one, and see if that one will work better.