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Old 08-05-2011, 01:06 AM   #1 
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upgrading to 20g, need algae eaters

so right now i got me my CT, 3 pepper cories, and a gold clam. I'm gonna get 3 more cories so the cories can all chill together.

i'm torn between cherry barbs or neon tetras for a mid level filler

and im *****ing tired of cleaning algae...i had no idea it can grown on my java fern o.o
i need ideas, otos seem to be frail at adjusting, other fish are too big, shrimp get eaten, snails are inneficient and poop a lot..... /sigh

as for plants im using gravel and have a long fluorescent light that came with the hood. kinda blueish light, dunno specifics. have java ferns and a mangled up marimo ball. gonna get more balls. theyre cool. looking for carpet-like or platform-forming plants that dont need substrate, and are okay with the light i got. i dont use any fertilisers atm but if theyre cheap i can look into it.


any tips for cheap decorations? like how to collect and treat rocks and driftwood kinda thing, i saw one tank with empty glass liquor bottles...might try that too ehehehe
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Old 08-06-2011, 08:12 AM   #2 
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I've seen flower pots and PVC pipes. My fish-enthusiast boyfriend finds bricks, cleans them (boils?), and puts them in. I don't know how he cleans them though.
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Old 08-06-2011, 11:35 PM   #3 
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I've seen flower pots and PVC pipes. My fish-enthusiast boyfriend finds bricks, cleans them (boils?), and puts them in. I don't know how he cleans them though.
ohh and unglazed terra cotta would have a ton of good bacteria on it!

i used to use flowerpots for food mice at a reptile place i volenteered at...until one very inbred mouse got his head stuck in the hole in the bottom and died....
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Old 08-07-2011, 08:42 AM   #4 
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ohh and unglazed terra cotta would have a ton of good bacteria on it!

i used to use flowerpots for food mice at a reptile place i volenteered at...until one very inbred mouse got his head stuck in the hole in the bottom and died....

It was just a suggestion... Wouldn't cleaning it in vinegar / boiling it be alright? I've never personally used them so I can't say they're a good idea. It is possible to seal the hole on the bottom. I believe home improvement stores sell aquarium sealant.
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Old 08-07-2011, 03:41 PM   #5 
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It was just a suggestion... Wouldn't cleaning it in vinegar / boiling it be alright? I've never personally used them so I can't say they're a good idea. It is possible to seal the hole on the bottom. I believe home improvement stores sell aquarium sealant.

oh i think it's a great idea... i just remember mice are stuuupid lol. that and fish usually dont have heads on smaller necks like mammals. i'm totally gonna do some terra cotta. maybe make a platform out of the pot holder bottom and line it with moss and have a plant in the center
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Old 08-07-2011, 04:09 PM   #6 
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Old 08-07-2011, 05:56 PM   #7 
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If you are thinking of using terra cotta pots, I've blocked the hole in the bottom with a small stone stuck into the hole. Fish have gotten caught trying to swim through the holes (depending on how the pot is set up).

As for algae growth, if you search other posts on this site, you'll find that the most common cause is too much light. Different suggestions for dealing with this is having your tank lights on for minimal amount of time, adding floating plants to the tank, or changing your light. Some lights are made specifically for growing plants and are brighter and of a different spectrum than those that fish can live with.
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Old 08-07-2011, 07:38 PM   #8 
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i'm making the switch from incadescent to fluorescent, so lets see how that goes!
and lol even fish get stuck in pots too eh ;P
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Old 08-07-2011, 11:51 PM   #9 
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i broke the bottoms out of my terra cotta pots using a screwdriver and hammer to gently break them apart. then smoothed out the rough parts until rounded and no longer sharp. have been working great in my community, betta, and betta sorority tanks since i've put them in. i was terrified of little heads getting stuck, but no longer a worry!
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Old 08-08-2011, 12:07 AM   #10 
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The terra pot hole thing, I set a small pebble on top of mine over the hole just in case, works perfect and my girl LOVES it
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