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Old 11-25-2013, 11:03 PM   #11
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I think an AC 20 would be fine. As far as the "tank mat" you can use some black drawer liner found at most stores like target, Home Depot, or BBB...

Be careful with sand in that tank. I have a horrible habit of scratching glass, and low iron glass is a little softer and easier to scratch than a normal tank.
There! Ya picked out some equipment. Hahaha :P

Interesting about the sand scratching the tank..
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Old 11-25-2013, 11:07 PM   #12
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There! Ya picked out some equipment. Hahaha :P Interesting about the sand scratching the tank..
Just be careful when you clean the glass, not to get any sand stuck in what you're using. I've found a couple scratches on my 12 that I got pretty upset about...
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Old 11-25-2013, 11:15 PM   #13
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Just be careful when you clean the glass, not to get any sand stuck in what you're using. I've found a couple scratches on my 12 that I got pretty upset about...
No kidding When you pay as much as you pay for the 12L....
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I agree, sand is a scratch waiting to happen. I don't have any tanks with sand anymore, mainly because it didn't hold plants as well as other substrates like Aquasoil. It also always had waste trapped under it, while with Aquasoil I have never had that problem.
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I don't really want to buy Aquasoil.
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I don't really want to buy Aquasoil.
I wasn't saying you should necessarily buy Aquasoil. I meant that if it were me, I would go with something other than sand. Dirt or eco complete would look nice.
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I wasn't saying you should necessarily buy Aquasoil. I meant that if it were me, I would go with something other than sand. Dirt or eco complete would look nice.
Wouldn't I have to cap the dirt with sand? And I could see eco complete scratching the tank up as much as sand too?
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Old 11-26-2013, 02:56 AM   #18
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Ok stocking question time!

There are so many cool options that I just can't decide on what I want. Some that I am interested in are Dario Dario, White Clouds (leaning towards them) Habrosus (sp) cory cats, betta, chili rasbora ???? Not wanting a whole lot of red for some reason. I also like burmese loaches. But I seriously have no clue what I want to stock this tank with!
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I've never had a problem with Eco complete, regular or fine (which is almost like sand) scratching glass, even on the 24g rimless Nuvo. All my dirted tanks are capped with Eco also.

If you like a lot of red, get a good size school of Chili Rasbora's and give them time to color up. I got 30 and wish I had gotten more since they are so tiny. But once they settle in and if any are very tiny (I had some 3/8") they turn red, and the males turn bright red. Then the Burmese Rosy Loach males after time with good food turn a nice salmon red color. You could then top it off with a pair of Scarlet Badis or Dario sp Juanita Hill (which are almost the same as Scarlets only a bit bigger).
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You should stock ember tetras and green neons, with one scarlet badis male.
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