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Old 12-06-2009, 08:14 PM   #11
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Thank you all SO MUCH!!! I feel like I am coming out of the fog and getting things figured out, finally. I went to the store today and purchased a gravel vac and just did a 50% water change. I got a vac with a much slimmer tube this time, and that seems to have made a huge difference in the ease of use. The kind I got can be started by shaking it up and down in the water, so no sucking. My tank is too far from the sink to run a hose between the two, but I have lots of containers to empty into, so no problem. I also purchased a soft sponge to remove the algae from the tank walls. I'll leave the ornaments alone for now.
In short...no more drastic water changes and total scrub-outs for me!!!
In a week or so I'm going back to get my water tested (they'll do it for free) and see how things look before I add any fish. (Sorry I didn't test before the change--who knows what was going on in there).
I really like the idea of the hatchet fish if they actually will tolerate the high current at the top of my tank. Once the tank is ready to add fish I will see if I can find them.
Thanks again to all and I'll drop an update when there is news!

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