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10 Gallon Betta Lair. My first tank (Pic heavy!)

Tank was started sometime June, and started a fishless cycle. July 21st, 2010, my betta was introduced
At first I went with a plant only tank idea, but that quickly changed as I read into tanks more and came across this forum.

Updated 10/02/10.

Hardware:
-100w Fluval M Heater
-Aquaclear 20
-2x - 15w 6500k Spiral CFL ( Ran 12pm - 12am )
-DIY CO2 injected into filter @ 1-1.5bps ( 2 bottles, started 1 week apart.. Think I found a good recipe to get it going 2 weeks apart at same bps )
-Seachem Ammonia Alert

Fish:

Male Betta
Sterbai Cory
3x Peppered Cory's

Plants:

Java Fern
Red Ludwigia
Moneywort
Anubias Nana
Amazon Sword

Ferts:

Rootmedic complete substrate capsules
Rootmedic micro/macro 3x a week
Old seachem flourish root ferts.
Excel every few days still.






10/02




2010-07-15 - No plant scape lol. tank has changed a lot!


2010-07-24 - Got my first java fern!


2010-07-28 - Slight rescape. 2 Amazon swords and and a big healthy bunch of java fern which I cut up a bit to tie to my new lava rock with 2 holes drilled in it


2010-07-28 - My guy one week after introducing him, he's a pretty young boy :P


2010-08-13 - Revamp again! Moneywort and Red Ludwigia added, Most fake plants are now gone


2010-09-13 - Removed decoration, trimmed ludwigia and moneywort filled in the empty spaces with the trimmings, should fill in nicely.


2010-09-13 - My boy has grown up!


Indian Almond Leaves arrived a few days ago!



2010-09-20 Here's a picture that actually shows how tinted the water is now, phone keeps adjusting the color =[


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now i have the spongebob song stuck in my head. Thanks.

Looking good though!
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Thanks! I really dislike the tape holding the background.. It's so tacky.
Any recommendation on plants to creat a forest of sorts? Some crypts?
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Looks nice, and pretty Betta!
Do you have the Java Ferns buried?
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Negative. They little clippings on stones are held with a drop of superglue, even the big buncthin the lava rock is glued to a stone and placed into the hole half filled with gravel for easy removal bunches on the side are tied with black cotton string. All rhizomes are exposed

The amazon sword in the back is getting pretty long, i've been thinking of getting rid of the lava rock and filling it in with some kinds of plants, I think im going to order some crypts shortly. As my first tank, im really proud of it
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update!

Time for an update.

Added diy CO2.. 1 bottle started a week after the other one.



Bubble counter



Injected directly into the aquaclear 20. Dissolves 100%, no bubbles escape.



Java fern pearling



Anubias Nana loves CO2!



Full tank view showing new growth. Stupid flash, oh well love the shot. 10/02




again.. anyone recommend any plants I should look to order for this tank? want to order from these forums
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You mentioned crypts, which get dense and look really interesting. Just be mindful of what kind you buy as many will get very large for a 10G.
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Indeed I did, and will look into that =]

I like the really long, leafy look in this tank. I think maybe 1-2 more stem species would compliment the moneywort and ludwigia well.

The swords also need to be replaced some day. If I can find something that would replace them. A bunch of dwarf sword could possibly carpet the tank, minus the large swords, with some crypts sort of blocking the transition from dwarf sword to gravel by spongebob's hut over by the moneywort and anubia. What I could place where the sword is in the lava rock.. no idea

Will also need to start cutting light time down, the ludwigia grows FAST
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10/19.. Chopped up the java fern's rhizome and roots so I could re-glue it to the rock because it came off. Hopefully that encourages new growth. It looks really bare now lol


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