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Old 12-03-2013, 10:41 AM   #11
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Dome reflectors are just those clip on work light things. Here's a pic I pulled off the internet:

And cfl's are those spiral light bulbs. Like this:

I would look for the daylight bulbs, either the 13 watt or the 26 watt. You could either put a reflector on each end with a 13 watt bulb in it or one reflector in the middle with a 26 watt. The daylight bulbs are good for planted tanks, but if you don't want to plant the tanks then any color temperature would work.
Ah, I think I actually have a few laying around.
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Old 12-03-2013, 10:44 AM   #12
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The Walmart around me sales 10 gallon tanks for around 14 bucks, then they have a kit with a filter that is around 40 I think. It has a hood, lights, small filter.

I almost never run hoods on my tanks, instead I use egg crate or just leave it open depending on the fish. So, depending on the fish you are breeding I would choose between those, then both suggestions for lighting are good that are posted above me. They are mostly just for you to see the fish so it doesn't have to be anything fancy. While the Aquaclears are imo one of the best HOB filters out there you'll have to be very careful using one with fry, it'll suck them right up. I'd use some sort of sponge filter. I would also suggest on not skimping for a cheap heater.

As others have stated, Craigslist is an excellent source. I've gotten some great deals off there, and have actually never had a problem with any of the tanks I've received. Of course the heaters and accessories are another story, but that's not why I bought the tank.
I know Walmart sells those things cheap, but I can get a plain tank from petsmart for about the same price. I definitely don't want a Walmart kit though. Would an aquaclear be ok with a pre filter sponge?

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I know Walmart sells those things cheap, but I can get a plain tank from petsmart for about the same price. I definitely don't want a Walmart kit though. Would an aquaclear be ok with a pre filter sponge?

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A pre filter sponge will work fine.
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I made these for my fry tanks. They are very effective filters and cost about $1 each to make at most.

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I made these for my fry tanks. They are very effective filters and cost about $1 each to make at most.
How do they function?
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How do they function?
There are tons of tiny slits at the bottom. You stick an airstone inside the top and the bubbles pull water through the filter. Completely fry safe as well.
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I know people are going to hate me for this, but try Walmart also. They have very inexpensive ones.
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Old 12-03-2013, 01:02 PM   #18
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There are tons of tiny slits at the bottom. You stick an airstone inside the top and the bubbles pull water through the filter. Completely fry safe as well.
That's pretty awesome. Just a DIY under gravel filter at a fraction of the cost.
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There are tons of tiny slits at the bottom. You stick an airstone inside the top and the bubbles pull water through the filter. Completely fry safe as well.
That's pretty neat, is there a website that I can find instructions for it?
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