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Old 08-08-2010, 06:21 PM   #11
 
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So today I went and bought sand and things like that. I attempted to clean the sand as best that I could (although my water is still kind of murky). I put the sand in my new aquarium and started the filter and got those things running. Oh my.. The filter I bought is SUPER quiet. I'm used to my loud undergravel filter in my little 2g hex. I also bought a plain old black and blue reversible background that I still have to cut to size and put on the back.

Anyways.. Thought I'd post some pictures of what I have. I don't have a hood yet (didn't have the money for it the other day, but I will get one soon), so I won't be putting fish in until I buy one. I already almost lost a fish due to them deciding it'd be fun to jump right on out of their home.

So here's what I have.
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If you see something to add, or any advice... I would love it. :] Now is the time to fix things before I start putting fish and plants in it.

OH! And I bought the Super Naturals sand. It came in a 20lb bag and said it was good for a 20g tank, but I didn't know if it meant a 20g standard. So I'm wondering if that's okay with this 20g long. I also bought a little 5lb bag of the sand in case if it wasn't. The sand came with a "Bio-Magnet Clarifier" packet that says you're supposed to add it after you have put all your decorations in and before you add fish, but I have NO idea what it is and it didn't explain on the packet of what it does. Should I add it? Or leave it be?
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Old 08-08-2010, 06:40 PM   #12
 
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Looks fine. The water will clear, it is almost always a bit hazy when first set up.

On the amount of "sand" I can't tell from the photo (the substrate is dark) but you should have 1-2 inches in front and 3-4 inches in the back. Taller plants (with larger roots) go in the back so you want sufficient depth there. You can slope it front to back or build small terraces with bits of rock or wood, up to you. And it is always nice to have a bit of extra substrate; down the road you may want to add a bit here or there.

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Old 08-08-2010, 08:18 PM   #13
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Looks good, hurry up and get that background on while you can still take all the water out and properly measure it! I love the aqueon HOB filters, I have two now a 20, and a 30 or 40, you cant hear the impeller only the water falling from the filter. And if you want to reduce that further take a look at my DIY, its made my 30/40 filter even more quiet.

I found this on that package, sounds a bit like snake oil, so use it if you want but I see no need for it.
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Old 08-08-2010, 11:34 PM   #14
 
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On the amount of "sand" I can't tell from the photo (the substrate is dark) but you should have 1-2 inches in front and 3-4 inches in the back.
I added that last 5lb bag of sand that I bought extra, and that got the substrate pretty close to the levels Byron suggested..

Later in the week or so I hope to get a hood, plant a few plants, and move my fish from the old tank to the new one. Also I plan to take the gravel from my established tank and put it in some nylon and put it in the new tank to help the cycle.

We'll see how things play out and keep posting. :]
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Old 08-09-2010, 12:42 PM   #15
 
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I added that last 5lb bag of sand that I bought extra, and that got the substrate pretty close to the levels Byron suggested..

Later in the week or so I hope to get a hood, plant a few plants, and move my fish from the old tank to the new one. Also I plan to take the gravel from my established tank and put it in some nylon and put it in the new tank to help the cycle.

We'll see how things play out and keep posting. :]
That sounds good. If you have enough plants, they will do the "cycling" immediately, with just a few fish. Plant the tank, then move over one group of fish, provided temp is roughly equal and same with pH and hardness. The method I use to transfer fish between tanks is to siphon some water from the existing (old) aquarium into a pail, net the fish out into the pail, then siphon some water from the new tank into the pail, about half and half. Leave it for 15 minutes, then net the fish into the new tank. If the temp is the same, and pH is within .2 to .6, this is sufficient.
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Old 08-09-2010, 12:49 PM   #16
 
This isn't quite accurate measuring but I think it'll give you the idea. When I poke my finger into the sand in the back of the tank it just about comes up to the second knuckle on my pointer finger. When I poke it into the sand in the front of the tank it comes just barely above my first knuckle. So there's about double the sand in the back of the tank.

Thanks for that info Byron! I'll have to do that. I was just gonna do something like when you get them at the store. Put them in a bag with some of their water and float them for a little bit. But I might have to try that!

Oh.. And I got my plain black background up today. I figured having a dark substrate and a dark background would make the decorations and fish pop out more, and seem more colorful. Plus all the fish I have been looking at like dark substrates, at least that's what the profiles on here say.

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Old 08-09-2010, 08:05 PM   #17
 
I transferred my fish today and I have a little Oto that I bought when my little tank started growing algae. Now with a new tank that has NO algae, all I have is algae wafers and the tube from my undergravel filter that is FILLED with green and brown algae. Would my Oto go in that tube to eat that algae? I'm most worried about him. Advice, please!?
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Old 08-09-2010, 08:14 PM   #18
 
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If the oto is in your existing tank and doing fine eating wafers, no problem. The issue with otos is bringing them home to "new" tanks with no algae and they can starve. But once the oto is eating prepared foods, you're OK. They should be in a group by the way, even just 3 will do. They are very social.

On the other, sounds fine. Yes, dark substrates are calming to forest fish, and a dark background does wonders to make the plants and fish show up. Good choices.
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Old 08-09-2010, 08:29 PM   #19
 
I bought the Oto before I knew they needed more to be happy. I'm hoping I can make it through with this tank without losing any fish during the cycling process. I'm going to keep a record of test results every week or so, so that I can keep an eye on nitrite levels and what not. I went out and splurged on a API master kit, finally. :]
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Old 08-09-2010, 08:33 PM   #20
 
Looks great, I have the same sand in my tank. and it took a couple days for the water to clear up. I just did a 10% change today and when I added my new water, it had this fizz on the top and now my tank is back at the start lol.. I only have plants in there so its ok. I did the same as you kinda, I have the black sand and painted my back glass black. I had the same thought process about making the fish and plants pop. I still need to take pics of mine, but good luck with the hood and can't wait to see more pics!
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