11-09-2009, 08:47 PM
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1. No, you don't have to. A good scrub/rinse is all it will need. I tend to advise people to stay away, stay far far away from using any kind of cleaning chemicals in the tank; vinegar would be the only exception.
2. You can add them any time you like. In many cases, the sooner, the better. They tend to help with the cycle, and absorb more toxins better than any kind of filtration.
3. Sounds compatible to me. Many of these are schooling fish, so be sure to have at least 5 or 6 of each so they feel more comfortable.
4. 75-78 would be a good range to stick with.
5. An airpump and airstone are optional, I would not say you need to have them, the filter alone should provide the tank with ample oxygen. But if you are using for the look of bubbles, then it would be fine.
6. You should have a power/internal filter that is rated for at least 20-40 gallons, or you could use other methods of filtration as well. Depends also on how many fish you plan to stock the tank with, and if it will be planted. Maybe if you provide more information, we could help you further. Do you have a certain type of filter in mind?
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