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Old 06-20-2009, 07:20 PM   #1
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New tank and serpae tetras!

I finally got my paycheck and got to buy my 10g! I moved all the gravel over some an established tank (wanted to change it out anyway) as well as some other stuff to help it along as well as my 2 otos. I got 3 minor red serpae tetras...I wasn't planning on them, but they were with the black neons I wanted and just were too charming to pass up. I know they're fin nippers, but I watched and no one had any ragged fins or anything. Marbled hatchets next! And I am going to replace the hood, no worries. I'm also finishing up a far better filter for it and slowly buying plants once the hood is replaced.


FTS with 1 blurry oto and 1 blurry serpae


One of them hiding...they have colored up amazingly! One had no visible black comma originally...


All three! Yes, fake log, but I liked it far more than any driftwood I saw.


Sorry for the blurriness. They're still very skittish.
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This is a dumb question but if you're going to redo the hood and the filter, why did you buy a kit? Wouldn't it have been cheaper to just peice it all together?
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I wanted the filter that came with it just in case mine failed, was too powerful, or I had problems with the cpvc/primer/cement/etc. I didn't realize how awful the hood was until it was too late :\ I might be okay with just replacing the incandescent bulbs with flourescents if I can ever find them again locally. I looked into buying each piece individually but it ended up being almost $30 more.
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Old 06-23-2009, 01:17 PM   #5
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cool fish also nice tank
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Old 06-23-2009, 02:06 PM   #6
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Thanks! Quick update about the hood...I switched the incandescents with daylight mini spiral CFLs. It's a world of difference. Now to just install my "hatchet hood" underneath and finish the filter...
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A few updates. Went through a mini-mini cycle, but once that was complete, I added 2 more tetras, 1 oto, and 1 platy (temporarily housed while we work out what's up in my mom's tank; also a gift for her). Got 2 bags of larger stones from the dollar store, just looking for some coarse sand to mix in.

Had to shelf the DIY filter for the time being sadly. However, the one that came with the tank was TERRIBLE, so I definitely had to replace it. Found this one and I'm in love! Tetra Whisper i20...it's truly silent and I don't have to turn it off to change the water. It basically disappears against a dark background and has suction well spread out so it moves a lot of water without sucking everything in its path that doesn't move in. Only problem is that it is big and there's a big white sticker right inside the intake. Overall, though, really great filter.
To show how well it disappears:


The temporary occupant


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Also, the joys of having really hard well water. Less than a month and already there are substantial mineral deposits.
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I can sympathize with you on the hard water, ours is the same way. your tank is really looking nice.
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