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  1. For a tropical tank you want to get around 5w per gallon. So a 20 gallon tank should have a 100w heater. BTW, the light coming on and off, and the fact that its maintaining the water temp at 71, means the heater is working exactly as it should. If its turned up as high as it goes, then you just need a different heater. If you do get one, remember that a drastic temperature change can really cause a lot of stress for your fish, set the new heater at 71 and raise the temperature very slowly, like one degree every 24 to 48 hours at most. More important than the actual temperature is to keep the temp constant. You don't say what fish you have in there, but 71 isn't that much below the ideal range for many tropicals.
  2. Very cool. The natural light really brings out his color. Great video.
  3. OMG they're huge! What adorable littley chubby faces. Great shots, and your tank looks nice too.
  4. How strange. Have you tried feeding them since he started spinning, and did he stop to eat or just kept spinning? I'd say maybe he's bored? I hope you can figure out what it is.
  5. Never heard of those before. They're kinda neat lookin. Hope you can find some Martha.
  6. That second pic of your first fish (the dark one, I didn't see a name) is really cool lookin. Such an expressive face, I've never seen one quite like that. Beautiful fish, all of them. Any idea how many you have? Not counting all those fry ofcourse
  7. I'll second what Chloe said on the barbs, a school of 8 would be great for your tank. Get atleast 6 and you could probably get 3 corys in there too. They inhabit different parts of the water column, so if you keep a large enough school that the barbs will keep the nipping umong themselves, they should leave the corys alone. A pictus cat would get too large for your tank. I'm not sure where you got the 35 gallon thing, but they can grow 10" and are very active swimmers. I wouldn't call them peaceful though. They aren't agressive at all in the usual sense of the word, but they hunt and eat fish in the wild, and will do the same thing in your tank.
  8. Wow, great shots. That couldn't have been easy to get.
  9. Congrats Kathy! They're so neat and so tiny!
  10. Good thing you're not a goldfish then Heh, a beginner with a goldfish bowl would be more like a 3' x 3' concrete pit with a plastic palm tree in the middle. Ugh. Maybe thats how we should explain it to newbies... But as far as you're concerned, sand vs barebottom is better for the fish, but wouldn't speed up cycling any noticeable amount right? And I don't know, with gravel I think it takes a lot less than serious neglect to run into problems. If you let waste build up down there, bad bacteria break it down to amonia like you said, which will spike your amonia levels because the nitrifying bacteria in the filter can't keep up with it. So you gotta do your weekly gravel vacs or your water quality will quickly deteriorate to unhealthy levels. Barebottom makes it easier to do this, but I'm with you on that one, I don't like the look of it. I can't comment on which the fish like better, I've never kept goldfish in barebottom.
  11. Welcome to Kokos. There's a black&white oranda on the third page that looks stunning.
  12. Eh, any fish produces waste. If you keep up with your water changes, lots of people sucessfully keep bettas without a filter. But we're talking like doing a water change every two or three days (ofcourse depending on the tank size), where as with a filter you could go a little longer before needing the water change. But yea, to answer your question, poor water quality without a doubt will lead to disease or death for your fish. Its probably the most important part of the hobby, is keeping the water.
  13. They can survive without a filter, but the water quality is easier to maintain if you use one. If you do, select a filter with adjustable output our put something to block the flow, they don't like fast moving water and they don't need very oxygenated water either.
  14. Congrats on the new fishie. His eyes are stunning, like in each shot you have you're just drawn to his eyes. Very cool.
  15. Yes, but the beneficial bacteria needs oxygen to survive. That's why it thrives in the filter, where it gets plenty of oxygen. The substrate does not receive as much oxygen, and so harmful bacteria can bloom in that setting. That is why its imperative that if you use gravel, you keep it well cleaned and aerated with a gravel vac. If gravel had that much to do in cycling, then barebottom tanks would never cycle and would constantly have their cycles crashing.
  16. I had gravel when I set up my tank, and I still had to wait for the cycle just like everyone else. It didn't go any faster than anyone reported who set their tank up w/ barebottom. I really don't think there's any difference.
  17. Yea, I was gonna say, nobody is arguing for gravel, so I'll take it up. I have a very thick layer of gravel on the bottom. Doing a gravel vac cleans it out just fine, gives me something to do instead of just watching the water drain, and I like the look a lot better than bare bottom and gives color you can't get with sand. Then again, I don't have any goldfish Its a tropical tank, and my sharks like to bump into decor, which if it wasn't anchored down by the gravel, would fall and could break the glass. Also, while my parrotfish likes to move the gravel around, he's not big enough to fit the whole stone in his mouth, so no worries of choking for me.
  18. I think they go on tank size, make sure the one you get has tubing long enough to reach the floor (bucket) from your tank. They work just like a syphon, there's a couple different ways to get them started, and whichever one you get should have directions too.
  19. I think there's a way to do earthen bottom too (don't ask me how, but I've seen pics). I guess that'd be the most natural, and probably as easy to clean as sand.
  20. Aww, they're so small. Congrats on the little guys, and glad to hear they're eating for ya. I love that third shot, w/ the plant in the background.
  21. Skip on the UGFs, they're useless and often get dirtier than the gravel they're supposed to keep clean.
  22. They are great little fish, and have a ton of personality. I know what you're going through tho, worrying about them They'll take a little time getting acclimated to their new home, then you won't be able to stop them from eating!
  23. Congrats on the new fish. They can be a little finicky when they first move in, its perfectly normal for them not to eat the first day or two. Snails are good cuz you can leave them in the tank til they're hungry. Any other food, be sure and remove what they don't eat ofcourse. After they've settled in, be sure and post some pics. [edit] typo
  24. Beneficial bacteria mostly grows in your filter. As for the gravel, probably as much beneficial bacteria grows there as the harmful kind. It shouldn't affect the cycling time. So its down to personal choice, do you like the look of gravel or barebottom. Also think about what kind of decor or plants you want. And how much work you want involved in cleaning the tank. So it really is just personal preference.
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