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post #61 of 93 (permalink) Old 02-09-2013, 03:26 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, the problem is the amazonia is so bouyant that I'm afraid to touch any of the tiny plant plugs because they are barely being held down. So trimming seems to be pretty much out of the question until roots start to take hold.

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post #62 of 93 (permalink) Old 02-09-2013, 04:54 PM
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Tank looks great dood, subbed!! Love that betta! How are the guys at ADG? Been thinkin about poppin over there at lunch one of these days.
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Oh, and we need more pics of homie in his new home!!
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post #64 of 93 (permalink) Old 02-10-2013, 11:45 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, finally got this little guy into his new home!

The tank is reading all zeros.... ammonia, nitrite, nitrate. PH, KH and GH are all doing well too. Temp is near 80 and I've done 7 days of 75% water changes. Will now cut that back to smaller changes every other day and keep testing. Been dosing Green Bacter, Brighty K, Green Brighty Step 1 and Seachem Flourish Excel.

Also added some new plants in the background. I know what I have for ground cover, but if I could get some I.D.'s on the taller background stuff I would appreciate it.

Here's some pics of the tank... and close-ups up the fishy to come soon.












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post #65 of 93 (permalink) Old 02-11-2013, 02:25 AM
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Re: d2mini's 4g Planted Betta Tank

Lookin great!! If you want my 2c of constructive criticism, I almost wonder if the taller background plants are needed. I'm thinking more of a Iwagumi layout (to match your rocks) may help to create a sense of openness in the size limited pico. That would mean just the smaller foreground plants throughout (baby tears, glossostigma, hairgrass, etc). Just thinking out loud though...

Oh and thanks for the aquabid link, I spent my whole ride home from Dallas today looking at $50 bettas, lol!!
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post #66 of 93 (permalink) Old 02-11-2013, 02:46 AM
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Lookin great!! If you want my 2c of constructive criticism, I almost wonder if the taller background plants are needed. I'm thinking more of a Iwagumi layout (to match your rocks) may help to create a sense of openness in the size limited pico. That would mean just the smaller foreground plants throughout (baby tears, glossostigma, hairgrass, etc). Just thinking out loud though...
I was thinking the same thing! I love the open look of your hardscape and my eyes keep getting drawn to the tall plants in the back instead of at the entire aquascape. Just my opinion though. Love the setup though!!
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post #67 of 93 (permalink) Old 02-11-2013, 03:20 AM Thread Starter
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haha, yeah... i know I got away from the iwagumi thing. Mostly because I want the abundance of plants to create the mini ecosystem and suck up the bad stuff. And Mr B's comfort level takes priority.

The only thing is that it got a little too symmetrical for me so I may move the fern looking thing to the other side of the rock to keep all the tall stuff on the left. But I did want something to help hide the output valve from the filter. I'll think about it for a while.

oh, and yeah... aquabid. I bought some Asian Watermoss today. lol



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Best looking betta I've ever seen!
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Fantastic! Green Bacter must have helped cycle the tank along fast, read about it before, going to try it myself next tank, soon enough.

Nice shots of the Betta! Love dragon betta's myself.
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Best looking betta I've ever seen!
Thanks! Those Thai really know what they are doing over there.

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Fantastic! Green Bacter must have helped cycle the tank along fast, read about it before, going to try it myself next tank, soon enough.

Nice shots of the Betta! Love dragon betta's myself.
Thanks!
Yeah, i couldn't tell ya if the tank has cycled in the sense of all the good bacteria being built up (doubtful) but I seem to be able to keep on top of things enough to keep levels down so that's good, especially with the way the Amazonia is known to leach ammonia. But now I have a fish in there and I'm throwing food in, so not out of the woods yet.

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That looks AWESOME!

What kinds of stones are those?
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Thanks, Mumford.
Those are the Ryuo Stones that I got from Frank at ADG.

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Awesome pictures of the fish, as always!
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Thanks! Since not much is happening with the tank, i took a few more. I'll post them up later.

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Did a 50% water change (first one since Sunday) and moved the tall plant to the left.
Also floated a couple asian watermoss and a chunk of riccia that i picked up until i decided if I'm going to attached it to something and use it in the foreground or not.

Most plants seem to be doing ok except for the dwarf hairgrass. A lot of it is turning brown. Any idea why?

Also, what else can i put in the tank besides the betta? Any snails or anything like that? Do I need to wait until plants start rooting?

Couple pics. An FTS and a few of the betta.








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