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Questions on Starting my 4 Gallon back up.

Flora
Hemianthus callitrichoides (Dwarf Baby Tears)
Lilaeopsis Mauritiana (Narrow-Leaf Micro Sword)
Mayaca fluviatilis
Dwarf Lily, Red
Unidentified Anubias
Unidentified Stem Plant

Fauna
4 x Chili Rasboras
2 x Yellow Shrimp

Equipment
Eco-Complete
Finnex 4 Gallon
26 Watt Finnex Epoch Clip light (30,000k - 10,000k, & 2 Moonlight LEDS)
Elite Sponge Filter
Tetra Whisper Air Pump Up To 20 Gallons
Tetra Submersible 50-Watt Heater
Hagen CO2 Ladder Diffuser

Other Options
Tahitian Moon Sand
3 x Pygmy Cories
Small Madagascar Lace
Red Sea Nano Filter

My questions are in bold.

I recently moved back into my motherís house and had to temporarily downsize my Finnex 4 Gallon to a 2 gallon bow front. My room isnít completely unpacked yet but should be within the week and I wanted to get my 4 Gallon back up. I wanted to do things right this time but I have a few restrictions.

My mother wonít let me have another fish tank set up so I would need to use all the materials from my 2 gallon to set the 4 gallon back up, meaning the light and filter. I have a small red sea filter that came with my finnex that I could temporary use on the 4 gallon or on the 2 depending on circumstances. I also donít have the money to buy any new things for my fish tank so everything I will be using is coming from my 2 gallon or my 20 gallon.

I was thinking of a dry start but I canít find a lot of information on this process. I currently have my 26watt light on the 2 gallon which is holding all of my plants and I know that baby tears require a lot of light. Would the other plants do ok in the 2 gallon with the standard incandescent? I have also heard that baby tears may melt when the tank is finally flooded with water. Is there a way to prevent this? Also which plants would be safe for a dry start?

I donít have any hardscape yet for my 4 gallon. I have two lace rocks that were previously used in my 4 gallon that are covered in BBA. I have tried scrubbing the rocks and leaving them out of water for weeks at a time and cannot get the algae off. Is there any way to save the rocks or should I look for new?

Is it at all beneficial to mix the Eco-Complete with the Tahitian moon sand? I would prefer to keep this tank MTS free as my 20 is almost overrun with them. I know the snails are a necessity for planted aquariums but I would like to keep more ornamental snails although Iím not sure what ones at this point. Would it overload my tank to keep my pygmy cories in the 4 gallon when it is up and running along with the Chili Rasboras and shrimps?

I have a Madagascar lace bulb that is still very small and I have been reading different things online about them. Some sites say they need a lot of light, others that they need indirect lighting and still others that saw they require low lighting. Would it be better to start it out in my 4 gallon with the high lighting or in my 20 where the lighting is a little over 1WPG?

Iím sure there are many things that I have forgotten to ask. Constructive criticism is welcome. Thanks for reading.

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Would the other plants do ok in the 2 gallon with the standard incandescent?

Yes, you will have to use some sort of plastic to cover the plants.

Is it at all beneficial to mix the Eco-Complete with the Tahitian moon sand?

not really. i strictly use my left over Ecocomlpete from my other tanks for my own bowl. been up for 4 months heavily planted and doing well. Ornamental snails may look a bit too large for a 2.5 gallon tank. i have 10 mts and 3 pond snails hitchhikers into my bowl along with 20 crs.

Would it overload my tank to keep my pygmy cories in the 4 gallon when it is up and running along with the Chili Rasboras and shrimps? depends on how many of each.
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Peroxide will get most algae of things.....but you have to soak it for a long time like a week and see how far that gets you. I had algae covering plastic plants before i switched to live plants and in a few weeks they were free of algae after soaking for a few weeks...no really scrubbing required just waiting.


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Peroxide will get most algae of things.....but you have to soak it for a long time like a week and see how far that gets you. I had algae covering plastic plants before i switched to live plants and in a few weeks they were free of algae after soaking for a few weeks...no really scrubbing required just waiting.
By Peroxide do you mean Hydrogen Peroxide?
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