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Old 05-06-2011, 02:11 PM   #1 
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Extreme Makeover: Tank Edition

I really REALLY want to upgrade my boys to a nicer tank each. Nero is in a 1.5 gallon, and Octo is in a 3gal.

What I'm thinking of for each boy is this:
http://www.petco.com/product/12351/A...TanksAquariums (2.5 gal)

Or this:

http://www.petco.com/product/10313/A...-in-Black.aspx (5 gallons)

Octo's tank will be ocean-themed! He already has a shark cave and a blue-green ball. Sand substrate - I already have about five pounds and I can add some more to a larget aquarium if necessary. Maybe add a pirate ship cave if I can find one small enough.

Nero's tank will be pirate-themed. He has barrels for hiding spots. Substrate will be sand as well, with some gravel accents.

Questions I have:
1) Is the filter that comes with the Minibow a good filter? Pros? Cons? I can't tell if it's an internal or external filter. Can I use a sponge instead of cartridges?

2) Is it possible to have live plants in a 2.5 gal tank? Or a 5gal? What plants do you recommend?

3) What heater do you recommend? I currently have the Marina 10W but I want something adjustable, if possible. The current heaters I have are pre-set.

4) Any ideas/suggestions? I was thinking of getting a snail, but I don't want to if they'll be harassed, even in a 5gal.

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Old 05-06-2011, 02:29 PM   #2 
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IDK about the rest, but the Hagen Elite series is really good. I have the 50W for my 14g and 10g, it works wonderfully. Fully adjustable! They have 25W versions, which is what you would put in the 5g.
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Old 05-06-2011, 02:37 PM   #3 
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Something like this? - http://www.amazon.com/Hagen-Mini-Sub.../dp/B00106X8QG
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Old 05-06-2011, 02:55 PM   #4 
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That Hagen Elite that you linked to is the one I use in my 2.5g and 5g tanks; I highly recommend it.



I don't know much about live plants so I can't help you there.

The Minibow filter is external, but it's not HOB. Basically, there's like a little nook on the rim of the tank for it to wedge into, and it has an intake tube that hangs down into the water. I don't remember how strong the current was, but I think I did baffle it with sponge. I only used one cartridge, I cut it open, poured out the carbon, and replaced with sponge. So yeah, sponge is fine.

I wouldn't do a snail in anything less than 5 gallons. They produce so much waste, I'd just be concerned about water quality in a smaller volume tank.
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Old 05-06-2011, 03:02 PM   #5 
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Yup, thats the one! :D
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Old 05-06-2011, 03:32 PM   #6 
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I would go with the 5 gallon...If you are looking for something a little less walmart has a hawkeye 5 gallon tank for 25.00.
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Hawkeye-5-...arium/14660258

I like my 2.5 minibow...The only thing I don't like about it is the way the filter is open at the top and the light sits really really close to it...I seem to be having alot of issues with algae in my filter cartridge because of this...It is still a nice tank though.
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Old 05-06-2011, 04:03 PM   #7 
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The hawkeye looks nice as well! Definitely keeping that in consideration. It looks like it's an internal filter. If that's the case - what type of external HOB should I be considering?
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Old 05-06-2011, 06:03 PM   #8 
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It's on sale!!! D: s-s-so cheap! <3 I've always wanted a bowfront! <3
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Old 05-06-2011, 10:56 PM   #9 
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Swung by Petco today to pick up some baggies and bands in preparation for the boys' journey home in two weeks, and while there, I looked at tanks, filters, and heaters.

Some possible filters I saw:
Tetra Whisper PF10 - http://www.petco.com/product/107131/...0System-107131
Marine Bio-Wheel Power Filter Penguin - http://www.petco.com/product/2402/Ma...20Filters-2402
Aqueon QuietFlow - At least, I think it's similar to this: http://www.petco.com/product/102601/...r-Filters.aspx

Any opinion on these filters?

Also, another heater I was considering was a 50W Aqueon Submersible heater - http://www.petco.com/product/102603/...m-Heaters.aspx

Opinions?

Also, I've been thinking and I'd rather get a tank, and not the kit that comes with it. I don't really like the filters that the Hawkeye and Minibows come with. Is there anywhere I could order just the tank from? I haven't decided on one yet, and I actually need to talk to my landlord for next year and see if they'll let me have a 5gal. They said they were OK with two 1.5 gals, but I need to talk to them again.
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