Great advice. Okay guys, I was cleaning out some freebee tanks I got recently and had no idea I had so much crap. I may have more room for the sand anyhow! I have an empty 2.5 gallon, 3 empty ten gallons, and an empty 29 gallon! Geez its amazing how this crap accumulates. I also counted my filters... yes I had to count them... I have nine. A 1-3 gallon, five ten gallon and three 30 gallon filters. And three heaters. One is a ten gallon submersible, another that is a 200 watt adjustable and the third is an adjustable but I have no idea of the wattage. Oh my gosh it's so easy to collect this crap!
Shirley, you ought to see the collection of filters, heaters, airline tubes, plastic plants, bubblers, containers, and filter cartridges that I have managed to collect in just under a year in the hobby. Even I'm horrified at it. It fills 3 cabinets. o.O
And I used Quikrete sand in my tanks. Works very nicely. You can toss the rest or drive around until you find a park with a sandbox, haha.
And water changes. 25-50%, whatever works for you. The bigger the water change, the faster it clears. Tip: when you fill it back up, place a ziplock plastic bag flat on the surface of the water and pour the water on top of that. This way, you don't displace a lot of sand on the bottom and create another huge cloud.
Haha, that's funny. I actually used an empty ten that I am not planning on using and dumped it all in there. If I like this sand thing I may end up doing my others like that. all except my little dwarf frog. Spoiled thing got a tank on his own. Anyhoo, yea I was really shocked at what a year in could bring. So many things given to me though. I was fortunate for that. The rest is the "I may need that some day" type of save. haha.
Thanks for the water change instructions. I am going to start that tomorrow. It isn't to bad cloudy though. Just a little with a dust film on top.
I had such a hard time finding the right filter for the 20g in my room, since I have to sleep in there. That's partly how I accumulated so many filters. And even now, I'm contemplating trying yet another brand. >.<
I got Petco sand. Im not a fan of natural looking tanks, so I got royal blue sand in my 10 gallon and a more beach looking color for Sluggles 5 gallon. he has a tiki hut for his house so I figured I'd do with the beach look. he also has a giant blue leafy silk plant for color - it almost looks like a blue lei floating in there.
If I ever get my 20 gallon long set up again, I may go with play sand simply because of price.
sakura - have you tried an aqueon quiet flow one yet? all i hear is a quiet hum. I stuck a bunch of filter foam in the outflow so i dont even hear the water falling.