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Caton
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PostPosted: 2010.04.14(Wed)1:52    Post subject: Reply with quote

You won be needing to call to get the glass, I use picture frames.
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rales12
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PostPosted: 2010.04.14(Wed)2:00    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't really have any of those sitting around. XD
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PostPosted: 2010.04.14(Wed)2:04    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saved around 10 bucks by going out and buying one that fits (mostly...) on my aquarium.
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rales12
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PostPosted: 2010.04.17(Sat)12:29    Post subject: Reply with quote

The driftwood is turning my water yellow because I didn't soak it long enough... so I was doing a water change tonight and I had to readjust my wood because I knocked it over with the siphon... and I noticed when I touched it that it's turned all... slimy. I rubbed it with my finger and some whitish ... stuff ... floated up. Is this normal? I'll try to take a picture of it tomorrow, after the baby wakes up. If its not normal, what should I do about it? What is it?
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shubapie
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PostPosted: 2010.04.17(Sat)23:19    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's normal for driftwood, it's just fungus or something and it'll go away on its own. About bettas jumping out of tanks, YES they do jump. I had one in a 5 gallon tank with a lid and just a small hole where the filter was, and had to leave him for 4 days with no feeding - came back to find him on the floor, dried to a crisp - couldn't believe he went out that hole, but now I tape up the back of the tank so it's completely closed.
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rales12
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PostPosted: 2010.04.18(Sun)1:01    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, if its normal, I'll just leave it alone. Laughing It kinda grossed me out for a bit when I first touched it though... hehe

So if there's a hole in the top of the tank large enough for him to fit through, he could jump through it? I'll probably tape it off too, then. Better safe than sorry.

I think I finally found a light. Going to order that today.
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rales12
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PostPosted: 2010.04.18(Sun)3:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

Psh, turns out my husband had an 18" light fixture just sitting around that he finally "thought to mention" this morning when I told him I was going to order one. Rolling Eyes Some men! Anyways... Looks like I'll have to make it a more reflective casing thingy... can I do this with tinfoil? And I'll have to purchase a bulb for it... Right now it has a black light, which probably isn't the way to go. Laughing

I'm thinking that since its going to be 2" longer than the tank... I should go for a bit of a higher wattage to allow for the light that is going to "spill" out the end, right? I was going to try to find about 10 watts for it... I'm thinking now probably more like 15? Or should I go a bit higher?
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PostPosted: 2010.04.18(Sun)11:56    Post subject: Reply with quote

It should be a 15 watt bulb on it. One of the lights on my 10g and 29g have lights not made for aquarium use. Tinfoil is also what I use as a reflector. 2" off the end isn't bad and one of my lights does that. Good luck!
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PostPosted: 2010.04.22(Thu)6:30    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought a new bulb for the fixture... Its amazing what lighting does to it. =) I'll try to post another picture or two later, when the baby wakes up from his nap.

A couple of questions:

How long is going to take for the nasty mould/fungus/"white slimy stuff" to disappear from the driftwood? Do I need to wait for it to disappear before attaching java moss to the wood?

When I get ready to add some stock... should I add shrimp and then a betta, a betta and then shrimp, or add both at the same time? Or does it matter?

The light I got for it is fifteen watts. If all the light ended up in the tank, it would put me at 2.5WPG... but since I have a little spillover on either end and will probably lose some from the top too (considering not putting a reflector on)... am I still OK as a low light tank, or am I going to end up in more of medium light area?
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unissuh
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PostPosted: 2010.04.22(Thu)9:41    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would probably go shrimp first, for no particular reason. Still run the risk of the betta eating them either way.

Slime will probably take a couple of weeks to go away, can scrape/siphon it off, that will help. Shrimp will probably eat this anyway, theres a reason for putting them in first. Laughing

By my reckoning, you're probably in medium light range but might be worth just trying a low light set up approach if thats what you'd prefer. Quick fix is just to raise the lights up a little for now, flourescent tubes are almost planar light sources so light intensity = 1/distance I.e. moving the lights double the distance from the tank cuts light intensity by half.
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