11-12-2009, 10:10 AM
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Originally Posted by La Reina
I got the tank all set up (a glass 20 gallon) and I'm very happy to say that it doesn't leak. I got myself a really good testing kit and checked the water, the levels are: pH- 7.6, ammonia, NO2, and NO3- 0 ppm.
Buuuuuut.... I need a filter. Can anyone reccomend a good one for me? And what kind of heater should I get?
I won't be adding fish until I get a heater and a filter up and running.
Yes, filter and heater running for a day before plants, then fish after the plants. On a 20g I would recommend a sponge filter. You can buy ones that hang inside the tank in a corner and are connected to an air pump, or there are small units contining the motor and sponge inside that also hang in the corner. That is adequate in a planted aquarium of this size.
Heater, get the best you can. A 75w is my preference; the smaller 50w heaters tend to be more frequent in breaking (staying on or not coming on). And buy the best, it will be better made and less likely to fail.