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post #11 of 19 Old 07-23-2013, 08:17 AM Thread Starter
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When the plants come in, I'll be sure to look for one. The Petco near me may just have this kind of bulb, I'll have to check to make sure.

When it comes to the sponge filters, I honestly have no idea what to do/expect. With the kind you linked, do you just hook it up to the air pump (which I have) and stick it in the water, then that's all you have to do? How does it work? I just want to make sure I'm not missing anything.

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post #12 of 19 Old 07-23-2013, 11:06 AM
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With that sponge filter you can either attach it to a powerhead such as one in this link Aquarium Water Pumps & Water Movement: Marineland Maxi-Jet PRO or you drop an air stone attached to an air pump down in the tube of the filter.

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post #13 of 19 Old 07-24-2013, 11:01 AM
you can get a t5 fixture from a home depot, lowes, mensnards, and such. check out http://www.aquariumplants.com/?Click...FRFp7AodE1UAFg
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post #14 of 19 Old 07-24-2013, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
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Picked up a t5 fixture and bulbs yesterday, so the lighting has been figured out. Just waiting on that filter for now

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post #15 of 19 Old 07-24-2013, 01:00 PM
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Would Petco have a T5HO light (and hopefully one that doesn't cost a fortune)? The tank will also get some natural light, but very minimal (if any) direct light if that makes a difference.

Any idea where I could find a cheap sponge filter if it's not ideal to go filterless? I don't trust myself to make one on my own just yet.
Check out the Oddysea lights. They're decent lights, and relatively inexpensive. Look on Topdogsellers. They are the least expensive.
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post #16 of 19 Old 07-24-2013, 02:43 PM
You can mix some darker sand with the whiter sand to get a darker look. I found some brown sand at Amazon. I used it as a cap on some white gravel in my betta tank.
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post #17 of 19 Old 07-24-2013, 03:02 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I already bought and used the black, so it'll have to do
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post #18 of 19 Old 07-25-2013, 09:59 AM
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Looks like you're on your way - and FAST!!! LOVE that shop for driftwood, can't wait to see which pieces you got, and . . . well, you already know I love my black sand! Hope everything goes well for you - keep us posted!
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post #19 of 19 Old 07-25-2013, 11:04 AM
i like black sand. seems to make the colors in a planted tank pop more.
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