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Daniel

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  1. Daniel's post in Temperature was marked as the answer   
    72 degrees is fine. There have been a few members in India that had tanks at 30 degrees (86F) without heaters.
  2. Daniel's post in Draining Tank with Pump and Python? was marked as the answer   
    You'll need to use a gravel vac, the pump is for filling and draining. Basically you just attach the appropriately sized (diameter) hose on the pump output. That's it, it's really simple.
  3. Daniel's post in Am I missing anything? was marked as the answer   
    It doesn't matter when the lights turn on and off. In an aquarium the triggers that tell plants what season or time of day it is are altered. The most important thing is to keep things consistent. Furthermore, bear in mind you don't want to run lights all night, your fish need their rest too. 7 hours is a good starting point, you shouldn't really need more than that. If you start to see funky algae you can dial the photoperiod back. Maybe you can program a timer so your photoperiod is nearing its last hour or two by the time you get home?
  4. Daniel's post in Cold water plants was marked as the answer   
    Most plants will tolerate that range, although low to mid 20s is pretty good. Look at crypts, some nymphoides, swords, anubias, hydrocotyle tripartita (Australian pennywort) and hygrophila (difformis, corymbosa and polysperma).
    I highly recommend getting in contact with Dave and Robyn at Aquagreen. They grow some of the best aquatic plants you'll find in Australia and are a pleasure to deal with.
    http://www.aquagreen.com.au/catalog.html
    If you're after some sunset hygrophila (pink under high light, but will grow green under low) you're welcome to some of what I don't keep when I gut my planted tank and rescape it in a few weeks time. I only ask you pay shipping.
  5. Daniel's post in Looking for nice pictures of substrate free tanks was marked as the answer   
    There are deluge of wonderful photos on this site. I suggest having a look in this thread to begin with—not all the photos involve barebottom tanks.
    http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/94572-add-your-tanks-pics-here-please/
  6. Daniel's post in Sterilizing equipment was marked as the answer   
    Bleach is always good to use for sterilising. If you don't want to use bleach though, potassium permanganate is another option.
  7. Daniel's post in LED lights was marked as the answer   
    LEDs are a good choice if you only intend to light fish. If you have plants, however, they aren't always the best choice. Good quality LEDs—those that produce ample PAR for plants—tend to cost several hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars. As far as I'm aware, there are no LEDs that are necessarily better for your fish than others. Remember, lighting tends to be for us, not the fish.
    T5HO lights are high output lights. They tend to be used by those with saltwater marine tanks and larger planted tanks. T5HO bulbs can be quite potent. For example, with the right reflector and set-up, a single T5HO bulb can produce high lighting over a 55 gallon tank.
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