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post #1 of 7 Old 03-15-2009, 12:50 PM Thread Starter
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Pasfur's 20 Gallon Vivarium Move

As part of my recent move, I decided to change my son's 20 Long Turtle tank to a standard 20 gallon. I wanted to give the fish more room to swim and the added water will allow for a few more fish as well.

This morning we set up the 20 gallon, using established gravel and an established sponge filter. I use Proper pH 7.0 in all my freshwater systems, with Amquel. I allowed the new tank to run for 4 hours before moving the livestock from the old tank, just to ensure the pH was fixed. I am not worried about a bacteria bloom, given the established filter and gravel.

Here are some pics of the new set up:

I use a corner sponge filter, burried under the gravel. This is my filter of choice for any freshwater aquarium under 55 gallons. A few airline suction cup holders and a well placed piece of driftwood will completely hide the filter.

I have always had a difficult time using suction cups to hold a heater in place. They always seem to fail after a few months. Instead, I have started making a small heater stand out of pebbles, just to prop the heater off of the gravel and allow good circulation.

I made a very deep cave by cutting a front hole into a plastic storage basket. The cave runs about 9'' long and is completely hidden under the gravel.

I was hoping my DoJo Loach would take to the cave, and within 5 minutes it did.

Finally, a few pics of the Turtle at feeding time. This is the fun part.

And, a full shot of the aquarium... still a little dirt stirred up.
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post #2 of 7 Old 03-15-2009, 04:44 PM
Nice pics!
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post #3 of 7 Old 03-15-2009, 05:43 PM
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thanks for sharing the pics.
i hope he likes his new tank,seems to be comforable in there.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #4 of 7 Old 03-15-2009, 05:46 PM
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Mr. Turtle is so cute as he's going after his food. Is there a basking light?
The dojo going right into his cleverly made new home...nice.
Great job, as always.

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post #5 of 7 Old 03-15-2009, 05:50 PM
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Cool setup! Thanks for sharing.
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post #6 of 7 Old 03-15-2009, 05:58 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by aunt kymmie View Post
Mr. Turtle is so cute as he's going after his food. Is there a basking light?
Of course there is a basking light.
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post #7 of 7 Old 03-17-2009, 05:17 AM
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What a cute looking little guy!

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