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I would suggest trying to find a more steady heater, preferably adjustable. I have an Aqueon 100 watt in my 10 gallon, and it works great. Heats exactly to what it's set to and it has a life time warranty! :) Definitely does its job.

I have almost the same stocking as you, put plus another snail and minus the ADF. :) I use the filter that comes with it. I'm going to assume you and I have the same tank kit, so we have the same filter. What I did to make it not so mean to the fish is I baffled it more. I got a Fluval Edge filter intake sponge. It's a cylindrical sponge that slips right over the intake (where it's sucking the water in) and it slows down the flow a bit. To redirect the flow from shoving them around, I cut the middle of a water bottle and used a rubber band to hold it in place to the filter lid. There's a tutorial on here somewhere about how to make the water bottle baffle. :) It slowed the flow down A LOT and now he can make a bubble nest wherever he wants without the current breaking it.

If you have a filter, the tank can cycle, which makes cleaning it WAYYYY easier. Until my tank is finished cycling, I do two 50% water changes a week, using a gravel vacuum to clean the gravel and suck out the water. I swish the sponge and filter cartridge in the old tank water and put them back, then start filling the tank up with clean water. Sometimes I rearrange everything, just so they don't get bored. I don't scrub the sides of the tank or any of the decorations. All I do is clean the gravel and take out the water.
 

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That's the same filter that comes with the kit anyway. :) Same one I have. Baffling it should calm them down at least a little. They MAY just flare at it because it's a huge black thing invading their space. They should get used to it eventually. I don't think flaring at it will exhaust them too much. My boy flares at everything, just because he's territorial. He's like a greedy little kid that doesn't like sharing his stuff. If it moves, he flares. He flares at me, his food, his tank mates, his plants, the filter. He flares at nothing sometimes too. I'm sure they'll be fine. :)
 
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