08-12-2009, 05:41 AM
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Just a thought for cleaning the tank, use a Scotch Brite pad, with NO chemicals, just hot water and the pad, everything should come out squeaky clean. I use them when cleaning new or used tanks. I would get a new filter and substrate, (I don't like taking chances). Start the cycling process (either way, your choice) and check your water quality. When everything stabilizes, you will want to do frequent water changes. On a 10 gallon I would do a 1/3 change of water every other day depending on the load out of fish. Don't over stock your tank, and check your PH, Nitrite and Nitrate levels. If I can add my opinion here--> Use low light live plants, instead of fake. It will help balance your tank, your fish will love the cover, and it looks very nice.
Good luck restablishing your tank.