Setting Up An "overflow" Tank Pet of the Month
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Sep 17, 2006
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Pittsburgh, PA
I upgraded my original tanks from two 20-gallons to a 40-gallon awhile back. The tank is looking great plant-wise minus a few issues (which I just posted about in another topic).

I do have a few issues though with stocking, one practical, and another cosmetic.

1. I have a 5.5 planted nano which is coming along well. However, there are six surviving guppy fry in the tank which will soon need a new home. They're not any particular type of fancy guppy, so I'm not sure my LFS would accept them as anything more than live food.

2. My main tank has a few more boring fish in it that I'd rather not have in the display tank. Mainly the zebra danios and the glowlight tetras. I'd like to free up more space for a pair of rams and add an additional Kuhli Loach or two.

I have all the equipment ready to set up another tank. Heater, filter, light, the works. If I set up another freshwater tank though, I'd have nowhere to display it. I live in a one-bedroom apartment.

I could set up a tank in my utility room. If I did this I'd like the tank as bare-bones as I could have it and not hurt the fish.

Would bare bottom with no plants be alright? Maybe stick in a spare rock or two, but I'd like something as easy to keep clean as possible, since it's never going to be shown. But I don't want to drive the fish nuts with boredom.

I'm sure some of of you have tanks for function and not for looks and could give me some advice.
yep it will be fine - people who breed (myself included) normall do so in bare bottom tanks as they are a lot easier to clean left over food etc out of ;)
Most of my tanks have no substrate, I have yet to meet a fish that is an art critic. :) Substrate holds more debris by far than a bare tank, I'm sure fish appreciate cleanliness.

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