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Upgrading to 30gal long, lots of questions
Old 04-09-2008, 06:26 PM   #11
 
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You euthanize snails? I *wish* I could say I had that much of an overpopulation problem...I can't breed the things fast enough to keep my puffers happy.
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Old 04-10-2008, 09:01 AM   #12
 
Thanks for all the responses. As far as the play sand is concerned, is there anything I should stay away from? I want either a nice white sand or a really light biege. That being the case, I found a few results when I searched homedepot.com for play sand, any of those 3 would work? They all mentioned they have been screened, washed, and dried.

On another forum they suggested using two 75watt heaters on opposite ends of the tank, should I still do this but put one in the outflow of my filter?

Also as far as the eupterus, I believe it is a Synodontis Eupterus and not something else. I have looked on many sites and it looks identical. You can check my pictures, for a look of him. I think I'm going to give him to my friend to keep in her cichlid tank. I think he'll be able to hold his own.

Thanks for the replies guys, I think I might be doing some shopping this weekend :D
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Old 04-10-2008, 01:46 PM   #13
 
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I'll have to check what brand I used when I get home (I still have half a bag left). Just make sure you rinse it REALLY well. Fill a 5 gallon bucket about halfway with the sand, then use a garden hose with a pressure nozzle on it and spray the water way down to the bottom of the bucket. Use your hands or a wooden spoon to really stir up the sand. Then dump off the water and repeat and repeat and repeat... until the water runs clear. I must have done this 20 time but it was worth it. I never experienced any cloudiness when I put it into my tank.

As for the heaters, whether you use 1 or 2 is really personal preference. I actually only have 1 heater in each of my tanks. But there are advantages to having 2 - you have a backup heater in case one fails. However, it is more expensive to buy 2 heaters initially. If using 2 putting them at opposite ends of the tank with one in the outflow of the filter sounds good.
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Old 04-10-2008, 02:32 PM   #14
 
Thanks for the reply, if you could check on which sand you used that would be greatly appreciated. I rinsed my gravel probably 30 times before putting it in, I assumed it would be the same for sand. Like you said, it can be quite the chore but it's worth it.

I found some 75watt heaters for $20.89 a piece. I'm thinking I will just get two of them to be on the safe side. The one, 110watt (which is too small for a 30 long), was around $25.89 so it is a big price difference but price isn't that much of a factor.
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Old 04-11-2008, 01:58 AM   #15
 
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The brand of sand I have is Sakrete Premium Grade natural sand but probably any of the playground sands should be ok.
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