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Old 11-30-2010, 01:43 PM   #21 
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I found this pretty black gravel at my LFS, the pebbles vary from being matte black to shiny. Pain in the butt to clean because I use a siphon to suck out most of the water during water changes and the gravel is so small that it gets sucked up along with the water. But it's so pretty!
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Old 11-30-2010, 06:30 PM   #22 
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I had gravel, beautiful blue and black. It looked so freaking awesome under the L.E.D lights (especially the plue and purple). So my tank look awesome for a week. The time for first water change and a few stupid pieces had wedge themselves between the sides of the thank and the "filter" tray at the bottom. 3 little blue and black rocks almost cracked my tank (it's an acryllic cylinder shaped tank). So now no gravel. I use marbles/vase jewel stones/and tumbled rocks from a rock tumbler and I love it (So does King!)
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Old 11-30-2010, 08:43 PM   #23 
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Your tank is the one of the best barebottom tanks I've seen. I like your arch.
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Old 11-30-2010, 09:01 PM   #24 
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Thank you Jayy! Still need to get a hold of something to attach to the bottom! And thanks, the arch is Victor's favorite, he sleeps under there sometimes :)
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Old 11-30-2010, 09:06 PM   #25 
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I think next time I get a hold of some black paper I will try that under my tank, and maybe add a few stones or something... I might try to find something to attach the big java fern to, it doesn't like to just sit there! :P

I would really like to get a removable carpet growing, is that asking too much? XD
Actually no it's not. =] If you get some craft mesh and some java moss or some similar moss then it'll spread across the mesh and you'll have a removable carpet. =]

I have no idea if someone's already posted this though! XD If they have I'm sorry! XD
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Old 11-30-2010, 09:52 PM   #26 
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Cleaning gravel is a pain, I agree. That's why I never used them.
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Old 11-30-2010, 10:11 PM   #27 
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that poor moss ball!!! it was massacered!!!!!!

yea, i gave up on gravel in sams 1.5 gal bowl....sooo annoying to dump it out, rinse, put back in. wow, i can't imagine sharing a bathroom with 30 people, luckily my college i'm going to has suite style dorms (except for the super creepy, ghost-infested 4th floor...but if i get put up there it's not gonna go over well, hehe)

....i'm really not looking forward to dealing with sand in my 10 gal, i'm sooooo jealous of your tank!!! >.<
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Old 11-30-2010, 10:48 PM   #28 
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BTW how is that hang on heater? They sell em for $7 at my local fish store and submersibles are always needing a use in my bigger tanks.
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Old 11-30-2010, 11:31 PM   #29 
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that poor moss ball!!! it was massacered!!!!!!
When I bought it it was half brown and it never recovered :( :( :( I tried to nurse the poor thing back to health, I really did! Then I tried to roll it into smaller moss balls, and they started to get brown on the inside, so I had to pick them apart to keep it alive :( :( :(
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Old 11-30-2010, 11:38 PM   #30 
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BTW how is that hang on heater? They sell em for $7 at my local fish store and submersibles are always needing a use in my bigger tanks.
The heater works pretty well, but as a warning, it is NOT water proof! When I fill my tank up to where it touches the blue plastic, water leaks inside of the glass tube and gets in the electronics But besides that, it does a decent job of keeping my water warm, even though sometimes it's a tad finicky. You have to let it acclimate for 20 minutes before plugging it in after a water change.

I'd say it's worth it for the price, my water has never gotten below 76 or above 86 when I've let it acclimate properly , even with all the crazy temperature swings in my dorm and our crazy weather. In the 70's on day and in the 40's the next! :/

It usually keeps the water decently stable, within 2-3 degrees.
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