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Old 02-11-2006, 10:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Hello again all:
I have posted a few questions about equipment on this board but have finally summoned the courage to ask a substantive question about my tank. I am by my own admission not a dedicated or skilled aquatic gardener and have limited myself to using only Java Fern, Java Moss and Anubius in my tank. These plants have proven to be very forgiving to aquarists with limited experience.

With that said here is my situation. I have a 10g tank with a population of 1 betta. I am using a homemade sponge filter (I will be setting up a Zoo Med 501 soon), a 50w watt Ebo J (Ehiem) heater and a standard hood with a 15w NO fluorescent bulb. Hardscape consists of sanded slate tile pieces (the flat stuff) and assorted rocks. The substrate is plain pool filter sand.

Now my dilemma. I would like to move the tank from the basment to an upstairs floor so that I will be in a position to view it more often. I would like to know what precautions any of you would take to ensure the preservation of your biological filtration. I would also be curious to know what (if any) fertilization regimen would be useful in a tank such as this. Right now I am just adding Flourish Excel as directed on the bottle and conducting weekly 25% water changes.

I was also considering adding some eggcrate when I move the tank to an alternate location as I was thinking of adding a some more rocks. This is not for certain though. I was also thinking about introducing some mopani driftwood but I will have to test to see how that stuff affects pH.

I will stop rambling at this point before I get *too* far off topic, however, any comments on how you would go about moving and fertilizing a small low-light tank would be very much appreciated.

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You won't have to worry to much about preserving the biological filter. Just stick the filter media in some tank water until you finish the move which shouldn't take more than a few hours.

I would remove all the heavier objects out of the tank and carry the tank down to the basement since it's only 10 gallons.

Fertilizing regime depends on what you are using for ferts. For a low tech setup you might not even need ferts or CO2 especially with your amount of light. You're fish should be able to supply the required nutrients. Keep it simple do nothing in the ferts department until you decided to upgrade your lighting.

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Thanks John. I'm sticking with low light plants and don't plan on upgrading lighting anytime soon. The only thing I have been adding is Flourish Excel, mainly because I'm using an airstone driven filter.
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How do you prevent algae from growing in a situation like this?

I thought supplementing everything (daily dosage schedule) was the only way to do this.
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