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    Well, just got home from the weekend we spent with my parents in my old home town. It was sad to see my 10g sitting there with no betta in it.

    But.. when we were at my parents place, I was telling my dad about how I was hoping to get a bigger tank and he says, "Well, I have one upstairs that you can have". So, I went and checked it out, got hubby to measure it and turns out it's a 20g high. I would have preferred a long but it's a free tank, right?

    I believe it was Sandz that mentioned to me that I could have the CPD's I really want in a 20g. Said they would go well with a couple killis and some dwarf Cories. Well, I seriously could not stop thinking about this and when I started looking into killis, I was even more excited! They are beautiful! This weekend, I went to my old lfs just to check it out. The owner had a fish in one of the tanks (not for sale.. a "for show" tank) that both me and hubby just loved! Went home and googled the fish and it's a lampeye killi!

    So, now I have to get a stand for the tank, a glass top, a light fixture, heater, substrate and filter. Oh, first I need to clean it. Is there an easy way to get mineral build up off a tank? I'm going to attempt my first fishless cycle. Also, I'm not sure what to do with the 10g. Should I cycle it as well? If I do decide to cycle it, should I clean it out and start from scratch? Sorry for the long post but I'm pretty excited!

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    Scrub the 20g with vinegar, that usually helps take the build up off. If it doesn't come off easily, you may have to soak it in vinegar a bit.

    It's up to you whether you clean the 10g or not, at the very least give it a water change. I would cycle it though.
    When I go fishing I just throw sharp rocks in the water and wait for the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
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    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
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    Congrats on the new tank!! And like Mommy said, vinegar is best! It'll do the job and much easier to clean out than any soap or chemical cleaner. If it has been sitting empty, make sure to fill it with water in the garage for a couple of days to check for leaks!
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    Two tanks are better than one, right? An empty tank with all the equipment already - I wouldn't be able to resist. Your ideas for the 20 sound great, but once that's up, surely you can think of something for the 10? Have fun!

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    Thanks everyone. I will definitely get some vinegar after work today and try scrubbing the 20g. As for the 10g, the only reason I thought I may not cycle it is because I was thinking of using it for a QT tank. But, hubby wants something in it and I have to admit I do too. It's a half moon tank so it's kinda different than most. Should I take everything out and start from scratch? I had the betta in there just short of 3 weeks and it's 4 days now with nothing in it. Everything has stayed up and running.

    @SueD- I still need a lot of stuff for the 20g
    Stand
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    I think I would like to try sand in this tank but I admit I'm a little intimidated by it. If anyone has suggestions about the stuff I need, please share. I'm going to be researching after work.

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    Just put ammonia in the 10g and start the fishless cycle.

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    Why would you be intimidated by sand? It's not different than gravel to use. Cleaning it is a little different, but no more difficult.
    When I go fishing I just throw sharp rocks in the water and wait for the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
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    Quote Originally Posted by mommy1 View Post
    Why would you be intimidated by sand? It's not different than gravel to use. Cleaning it is a little different, but no more difficult.
    I just figure it would be harder to clean.. easier to suck up. I only have a siphon so I wasn't sure if it would be too strong. I really would like to try it though along with some low light plants.

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    And if it's ok to just start the 10g as is, will do. I have to try and find ammonia after work.

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    If you get a larger grain sand it doesn't get sucked up. I have play sand in one tank and Flourite sand in another and they are good. To clean is a bit different, instead of sticking the siphon down in the sand like you would gravel you just hover it over the top and swish the water slightly to move the particles up so the siphon can get them.
    When I go fishing I just throw sharp rocks in the water and wait for the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes that reason is you are stupid and make bad decisions.

    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
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