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post #4 of (permalink) Old 12-04-2004, 03:14 PM
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Yes, you will need a heater. You want to keep the temperature stable and at 70-80F. You would be better off with a filter, a sponge filter or one of these should work:
Use at least 10W of lighting, try the mogul base (normal screw in) compact flourescent bulb that they have at Walmart. Do not put the tank next to a window, it will be more prone to temperature fluctuations and algae outbreaks. You probably can get away without CO2 addition, but you might want to use Seachem's Flourish Excel after a while. Get the biggest tank possible, fully cycle the tank, and use the search function of this site and continue to ask questions.

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