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View Poll Results: If I had a 220 Gallon Aquarium, I would stock....
Cichlids. Duh. 34 30.36%
It would be Saltwater. That's how I roll. 11 9.82%
Bala Sharks 14 12.50%
Tinfoil Barbs 6 5.36%
1 Male Betta 6 5.36%
100 Neon Tetras 23 20.54%
Rainbowfish 13 11.61%
Goldfish 4 3.57%
Other - Please elaborate in a comment in the thread. 22 19.64%
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post #361 of 1118 Old 11-02-2012, 10:44 PM Thread Starter
The seal is even shot on the molding on one of the top corners on the 10 gallon, so condensation will probably drip down once the tank is up and running. Probably needs to be resealed.

I am NEVER buying used tanks again. Every time it's a headache.

Boxer, thank goodness your big tank was good and as described.


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post #362 of 1118 Old 11-02-2012, 11:09 PM
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Don't throw away the Marineland heater. They will replace the recalled heater with a phone call. I had two of them and they replaced both, no questions asked. The only requirement is that you send the used heater back.

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post #363 of 1118 Old 11-02-2012, 11:23 PM Thread Starter
So I think tomorrow I might buy a 20 gallon kit at Big Al's, depending on what it costs.

My 35 has the Tetra Whisper 45 filter and the Aquaclear 70, because it used to house 2 dirty goldfish. Now it is home to a single Red Tailed Shark, so it doesn't need all that filtration.

I'm wondering, can I just take the Whisper 45 and put it on my new 20? Will it be cycled then?


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post #364 of 1118 Old 11-02-2012, 11:28 PM
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The cycle won't be as noticeable but you could have a mini cycle if you stock it too fast
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post #365 of 1118 Old 11-02-2012, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
I'm adding five 1" puffers. I'm also adding some bacteria in a bottle. I could also hang some substrate in nylon as well.


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I would do all that and use prime as the water conditioner. Even though puffers are small they are still messy eaters.
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post #367 of 1118 Old 11-03-2012, 11:50 AM Thread Starter
Just got back from the LFS. I ended up NOT buying a tank kit. After getting boned on both those deals yesterday I just couldn't bare to part with all that money today.

I did finally get my wife's bleeding hearts. I'll take some pics later.


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post #368 of 1118 Old 11-03-2012, 02:40 PM
oh man that sucks Matt! can you tell if the 5.5s are in decent condition?
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post #369 of 1118 Old 11-03-2012, 03:58 PM Thread Starter
One of the 5.5s looks brand new, as does the filter and the other accessories that came with it. The heater looked new too, but it was the one under recall.

I put the other two down in the basement. I'll reseal the lid of the 10 gallon in the near future when I have nothing better to do. I think the other 5.5 is fine, just needs a good cleaning.

I kept the nice 5.5 gallon in the kitchen. Next time i'm at the LFS, probably Monday, I'll grab some substrate, filter media and a heater.

Charlie says he wants an Orange fish. He always says Orange. He knows that tank is his and is impatient to put water in it. I would have grabbed all the stuff today, but I was planning on getting the 20 and the 5.5 was the furthest thing from my mind.

So I guess you cycle a Betta tank by sticking a Betta in it? Stupid Bettas.

I did 4 partial water changes on my Silver Dollar tank, between Thursday Oct 25 and Fri Nov 2 (yesterday). Thursday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Friday, because my nitrates had skyrocketed to 80 ppm. They're back to normal now. Don't know what caused them to jump like that.


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post #370 of 1118 Old 11-03-2012, 04:25 PM Thread Starter

Jodie's Bleeding Heart Tetras. She's been wanting them forever. Well, since February when we bought our first 55.

There's a nice shot of my Leopard Bush Fish on there too.


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