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Old 01-12-2015, 11:34 AM   #31
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Old 01-12-2015, 11:44 AM   #32
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I would suggest you forget the betta if you want shrimp. The betta needs warm water to thrive while the shrimp don't. If you go with shrimp, you won't need a heater. Also, baby shrimp will get trapped in that filter. One way to avoid this, ( as one of our club members who used to raise championship guppies) is to run the filter without the lid. It will still work, and shrimp or fish can go in and out of it.
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Absolutely love it, that was a great find!

My last betta was a baby from Petco. Kept it in a simple 1.5g with light, no filter or heater. Awesome personality, had him for over 4 years!

Nano shrimp would look great in that tank but other than otos I don't think there are any fish that are safe if you want babies to live.
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Old 01-12-2015, 07:35 PM   #34
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It's all so cute!


I am having a problem with it floating... More rocks in the bottom chamber? Right now I'm forcing the air tube to force it downwards, but I can't leave a rock on that forever lol.


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Hmm, I used to bury it in gravel as at startup there could be some trapped air. Should settle down. No air escaping into it?
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Yep, make sure there are no trapped air in the floss. Perhaps the dark media is not as heavy as the traditional charcoal. I think some of those box filters had a small, flat piece of plastic under the base and it allowed the owner to pile some gravel on it to keep it in place.
You could add some small stones in the box for weight but under the floss so you don't see it.
That tank is so retro even the hipsters don't get it.


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Yep, make sure there are no trapped air in the floss. Perhaps the dark media is not as heavy as the traditional charcoal. I think some of those box filters had a small, flat piece of plastic under the base and it allowed the owner to pile some gravel on it to keep it in place.
You could add some small stones in the box for weight but under the floss so you don't see it.
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Yep a layer of gravel on the bottom. That never gets changed because that is the bio media. Think of it as a little under gravel filter I vaguely remember using these when I was like 10. there should be a small grate that sits inside on the bottom and the gravel, about a 1/4 to 1/2" of it goes on top of the grate.
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.... there should be a small grate that sits inside on the bottom and the gravel, about a 1/4 to 1/2" of it goes on top of the grate.
I know I was not imaging it...thanks mike.



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Yep, make sure there are no trapped air in the floss. Perhaps the dark media is not as heavy as the traditional charcoal. I think some of those box filters had a small, flat piece of plastic under the base and it allowed the owner to pile some gravel on it to keep it in place.
You could add some small stones in the box for weight but under the floss so you don't see it.
That tank is so retro even the hipsters don't get it.


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That rings a bell! Think I had some with the plate (advanced technology!) and some without.

Hate to be a little negative but they take up sooo much room. Once I swapped to HOB's never went back.
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