suggestion about backgrounds and question about glass marble
I have a suggestion for backgrounds that I use in my 10ga. Try using fake plants (fern type are great) from a craft store and place them behind the tank. Gives natural look but no slimy junk. I have a sleeping dragon and a castle in the tank so I didn't want to go too nuts inside. What do you all think? Also, I never mentioned that I have glass marbles in the bottom, not gravel. I wish I had changed it, however the tank cycled so nicely and the tetras and neons are doing great. Cleaning is super important with glass marbles. I thought the fish wouldn't like the shiny effect but they seem fine with it. Looks neat when the lights on. Any thoughts?
Re: suggestion about backgrounds and question about glass ma
How on earth do you manage to keep the space between the marbles clean? I'm assuming they're quite heavy. Do you use a gravel vac?
I've heard of people using marbles when breeding, but I've never actually seen them in a tank. Do you have any pics?
Yes, I use a gravel vac. It all depends on my ammonia reading. If I feel I just need a water change, I do that. Usually every time I end up doing gravel vac'ing, but it depends on the fish. I currently have 3 bleeding heart tetras and 2 neons (acutally I believe they're cardinals and petsmart named them wrong.) I'll have to see how they do before I set up some kind of schedule for cleaning. Right now I'm just going to top off the tank as long as the testing is ok. I just got them last week and I'm alittle hesitant to do a larger water change. Next week I'll probably do a 25% change. I've had a black moor in this tank previously and I swear all I ever did was gravel vac and top off the tank. I cleaned the filter maybe once every 9 months or so and she did great. Maybe I was just lucky lol.
The tank is cycled right? :? Just a question I'm not sure if you stated that...You said if there is any ammonia reading than you do a water change? That is great that you do that but that means your tank isnt cycled yet. Just keep doing what your doing, I would do a test every day and if there is any ammonia do an immediate water change. Regarding the marbles, I guess its fine, I mean, gravel would of been much better, but if you can keep up on the cleaning then it should be good. The only problem I amseeing with marbles is that I dont see how beneficial bacteria colonies can form in the marbles. They are spaced and everything, and when do a gravel vac it gets the poop but I'm a little IFFY on that. If you could I would definetly switch to gravel.
About the background, are you stating that you are trying to put stuff ( like fake plants ) behind the tank? I think that if you go to the LFS you could buy some background, they have fake plant backgrounds. But I think just plain black or even a blue give's it a more natural look. Hope this helps!
Your tank sounds wonderful! I prefer the natural look though... although I do have a mug for my extremely jumpy and shy pleco...
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