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Old 07-15-2011, 02:34 PM   #111
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Wow! 13? I'm impressed! You are SMART! My 11 year old is embarrassed. She says "How awkward!"

Ummm..I'm leaning toward Betta, but I will decide after I see how big of a tank I'm going to get.

How about sand/gravel. I think I want white (or off white) sand...what is good for growing plants? Simple plants? I'm not going to do anything special....
Lol thanks! My sister is 11. She's learning fast as well lol. (and partially unwillingly) bettas are cool. A female would probably be better then a male if you do decide on a betta. Shorter fins and they're less aggressive. for substrate, sand is nice. Look into pool filter sand. You can get 50lbs for like, 5 bucks. go with about 3 inches of sand and you'll be able to grow lots of plants. Anarchis, anubias, java fern, and java moss are all really good low light plants you'll also need a gravel vac (if you don't already have one) for sand, as waste sits on top. Just put a pantyhose over the intake so it doesn't suck up your sand
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Old 07-15-2011, 02:37 PM   #112
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cool! I'll check out the pool filter sand. is it white or off white?
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Old 07-15-2011, 02:42 PM   #113
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cool! I'll check out the pool filter sand. is it white or off white?
It's a bit more on the white side I think. Play sand is also good, and that's a bit more off white, you just have to clean it a bit more. I have paver sand... But I don't recommend it. It can be sharp, and can have chemicals if you don't get the right kind. I got VERY lucky in other words lol.
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Old 07-15-2011, 02:49 PM   #114
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my luck...I WOULDN't get very lucky!

When I lived in Guam, about 40 years ago, the beach sand there was crushed coral, kind of off white and different "grain sizes" as I recall. I would like to use that for my fish tank, if I could find it, but I wonder if I could NOT use it, because it would be saltwater sand..if that makes any sense? Am I correct in assuming that?
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my luck...I WOULDN't get very lucky!

When I lived in Guam, about 40 years ago, the beach sand there was crushed coral, kind of off white and different "grain sizes" as I recall. I would like to use that for my fish tank, if I could find it, but I wonder if I could NOT use it, because it would be saltwater sand..if that makes any sense? Am I correct in assuming that?
You can't use crushed coral, you're right. But not for that reason crushed coral buffers Ph in freshwater, making it higher. And 8.2 is very adjustable, but still high. Any higher and you'd might as well have African cichlids lol.
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ahhh...ok...i knew i had read something about it somewhere
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HEY! Guess what?
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Old 07-15-2011, 08:18 PM   #118
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I had one of my clients offer to GIVE me her fish tank with all of the accessories! She thinks its 59 gallon. Im mostly excited about the accessories..they can cost so much! I hope its a BIG tank, though! I am excited!
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That's amazing!!! So you get it for free?! Have you figured out what it comes with yet?! (sorry... Was watching a movie lol)
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I'm going now to look at it! I'll let you know! TTYL!
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