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post #11 of 20 Old 06-26-2012, 11:54 AM
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Thanks everyone for the helpful posts. I'm heading off to get the 10 gallon shortly. The cories seem to be doing well so far. They swim around a lot.
When you set up the 10 gallon, move the substrate and decorations over to the new tank (along with additional substrate to account for the added area). You should also put the old filter media into the new filter. The reason being, you do not want to loose your cycle. Which brings up the question... was the tank cycled before adding the fish?

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I have another question, not really related to the things we've been talking about but i figured I would ask here instead of starting a new thread. There's a lot of algae growing very quickly in my tank these days. I used to live in an apartment and the place where I kept the tank got no natural light. The place I keep my tank now is next to a window so it gets a lot of light. Could this be what is causing the algae? Or is the some other reason?
You are correct, it is the light. You'll want to put the new tank away from windows if possible.
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post #12 of 20 Old 06-26-2012, 01:16 PM Thread Starter
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Yes the tank was cycled. I originally had a 3.5 gallon with just the betta, then I got the 5 gallon and moved everything over. That was back in March.

I should be able to move the tank over a bit and have it not be in the sunlight. I hope that works because I don't really have a better location for it.
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post #13 of 20 Old 06-28-2012, 07:07 AM Thread Starter
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Well, I held off on getting the 10 gallon because I found a free 20 gallon on craigslist. I would like to give them as much room as possible so I'm checking with my boyfriend to see if he will agree to the 20.
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post #14 of 20 Old 07-03-2012, 06:03 PM
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The 20 would be far better than the 10.

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post #15 of 20 Old 07-03-2012, 09:09 PM
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The dollar per gallon sale is currently going on at Petsmart, so a 20 gallon tank is only $20. You'd be challenged to find one in almost new condition for that little with secondhand stores/websites.

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post #16 of 20 Old 07-09-2012, 07:38 AM Thread Starter
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Unfortunately I wasn't able to get the 20 gallon right now. It would not fit on the kitchen counter. I don't have enough money for a stand right now so the counter is the only place I can put the tank. Hopefully I can get a bigger tank some time soon. I would love to keep more fish.

So I got the ten gallon, got it all set up and moved everybody over. I also got a couple more cories. My next question is about plants and decorations. I didn't get very many new things to put in the larger tank because I didn't want it to be too crowded but looking at pictures of other peoples tank on here I think I might not have enough. I attached a picture of my tank so you can take a look. Do I need more plants?
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post #17 of 20 Old 07-09-2012, 08:12 AM
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I think you could reposition a few of them to be more aesthetically pleasing, as well as functional.

I would also raise the water level to the top.

I would also get a background on there. Aside from looking better, it will help to keep light from the window out of the tank.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
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post #18 of 20 Old 07-09-2012, 08:48 AM Thread Starter
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I had the water that low because of an issue with the position of the filter and forgot to raise it after I fixed the filter issue. Thanks for reminding me!

Also thanks for the idea of putting on a background to keep the light out!
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post #19 of 20 Old 07-09-2012, 09:42 AM
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You really don't want light from that window getting into the tank... you'll very quickly run into an algae issue if it is placed in direct sunlight.

The best control of algae is controlling the light in addition to your weekly water changes.
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post #20 of 20 Old 07-09-2012, 11:45 AM Thread Starter
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I got the background and put it on so hopefully that will help the light situation some. I'm also going to look into getting curtains or blinds for that window.
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