Converting My 15 Gal To A 20 Long - Page 2

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el337 said:
Nice! Yellow-colored fish seem to pop against the dark substrate really well. My small yellow guppy used to stand out so well against the dark substrate - more so than even the bigger fish.

Pictures when you get the sand in!
I have to say - the BDBS is quite the bargain - thank you for the tip! I was in my LFS today... "Aquarium Sand" was $19.99 for a 20lb bag. I got 50lbs of the BDBS for $7.99 at Tractor Supply Company! As an added bonus - last week, Petco was offering an additional 15% off in-store and online. With the dollar per gallon sale in effect, my new 20 long was $20. With the additional 15% off, it was down to $17. Just happened to have $5 off in Petco Pals rewards, so my tank was only $12! (I might have to name this new tank the "Bargain Tank.")
 
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Progress! Got the sand all washed and into the tank:
 

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Oh wow, looks great! It always feels good to know you saved some money and didn't lose out on the look you're going for!
 
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Added water and started decorating tonight. I was shocked when the water barely clouded at all (I honestly didn't think it was too bad washing the BDBS, and I'm happy to report that adding water didn't stir up any dirt particles). A lot of what's currently in my 15 gal will be moving to this new 20 gal long tank, so it still looks pretty empty for now:
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Lookin good. What'd you think of the BDBS? Think it was glassy at all? Did you have some brown pieces in yours?
 
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Lookin good. What'd you think of the BDBS? Think it was glassy at all? Did you have some brown pieces in yours?
I thought the BDBS was relatively clean right out of the bag - it really didn't take much for me to clean it (or at least not as much as I was expecting). I do have brown pieces in it, which I think looks good on the bottom of the tank. I like the way it feels and looks. I got it primarily to keep kuhlI loaches, so hopefully they will like it. (If they don't work out, I'll stock either panda or albino cories to get a nice color contrast). Did you do anything with your BDBS yet?
 

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I thought the BDBS was relatively clean right out of the bag - it really didn't take much for me to clean it (or at least not as much as I was expecting). I do have brown pieces in it, which I think looks good on the bottom of the tank. I like the way it feels and looks. I got it primarily to keep kuhlI loaches, so hopefully they will like it. (If they don't work out, I'll stock either panda or albino cories to get a nice color contrast). Did you do anything with your BDBS yet?
I actually washed mine a couple hours ago, thought it was super clean as well. Rinsed about 4 times in bucket and that was overkill. Has brown in it. Feels very smooth but a little glassier looking than expected.

Filled my 10 gallon for my serpaes (provably will be rehomed) to make sure I liked it before I do the 55g. I'll upload a pic soon.
 
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itsayes said:
Scape will be changed, adding real plants. Not a bad start tho

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Nice!
 
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Well, this afternoon I was able to transfer everyone from my 15 gal to my new 20 gal long and permanently tear down my 15 gal. I moved all the filter media from the aqueon 20 on my 15 gal and put it in the aqueon 30 I'll use on the 20 long. So now the 20 is housing 1 male apistogramma borelli, 7x ember tetras, 3x endlers, an amano shrimp, and a nerite snail. I have a friend who will take the ember tetras and endlers, but I'll keep them for the time being. Once I've given this tank a couple weeks, I'll look to add 8x kuhlI loaches, then later this summer I'll rehome the embers and endlers and eventually stock 8x furcata rainbows (the apisto stays as my centerpiece - he's the blue one in my avatar). I added my apisto's favorite cave and a couple more plants from the 15 gal - I'll add more plants soon.
 

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JeffK said:
Well, this afternoon I was able to transfer everyone from my 15 gal to my new 20 gal long and permanently tear down my 15 gal. I moved all the filter media from the aqueon 20 on my 15 gal and put it in the aqueon 30 I'll use on the 20 long. So now the 20 is housing 1 male apistogramma borelli, 7x ember tetras, 3x endlers, an amano shrimp, and a nerite snail. I have a friend who will take the ember tetras and endlers, but I'll keep them for the time being. Once I've given this tank a couple weeks, I'll look to add 8x kuhlI loaches, then later this summer I'll rehome the embers and endlers and eventually stock 8x furcata rainbows (the apisto stays as my centerpiece - he's the blue one in my avatar). I added my apisto's favorite cave and a couple more plants from the 15 gal - I'll add more plants soon.
Congrats! Sounds like a great plan. I need to look up furcata rainbows, not familiar with them.
 
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Congrats! Sounds like a great plan. I need to look up furcata rainbows, not familiar with them.
I kept them almost 5 years ago - nice looking, active fish: pseudomugil furcatus
 

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I kept them almost 5 years ago - nice looking, active fish: pseudomugil furcatus
Very cool looking fish. Do you have a good LFS? Or would you order online?
 
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Very cool looking fish. Do you have a good LFS? Or would you order online?
I'll order online. Most of my fish come to me in the mail. I have 1 good LFS but they don't stock anything more than the most common fish. My other LFS is a petco and the only thing I can keep alive longer than 6 months from that place are cories, wcmm, and harlequin rasboras.
 
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Here's the tank this morning - of course I snapped the pic right after my little group of ember tetras swam past, so all you see is one endler in the pic:
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Looks great! lol it's so hard getting a good pic where everyone can be seen!
 
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Looks great! lol it's so hard getting a good pic where everyone can be seen!
I actually like the way the ember tetras look against the dark substrate/background. I may just up my school, add the kuhli's and call it a day. I'm thinking:
12x ember tetras
8x kuhlI loaches
1x borellI apisto
 
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Got some kuhlI loaches yesterday - they seem to like their new digs. Here's one hanging out in the plants:
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Haven't updated here in a few weeks. I'm really enjoying this new tank. I've now got my kuhli's up to 8x, so now I'll be working on upping my ember tetras from 7x to about 12x, and I ended up with a new centerpiece fish just the other day - laetacara dorsigera:
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