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post #1 of 56 (permalink) Old 08-11-2013, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
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5.5g betta

Here is the beginning of my/my girlfriend's 5.5g betta aquarium



so for specs:
5.5g
Tetra ht 10 50W heater
Hydro Sponge Pro Filter II
tetra whisper air pump for up to 10g (IT IS PRACTICALLY SILENT I AM AMAZED. I didn't think it was even on)

Will have:
eco complete
about 3 wpg
one male betta
maybe snails
plants, plants, plants!
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post #2 of 56 (permalink) Old 08-12-2013, 01:44 AM
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I hope it goes well for you! I like your sponge filter. I just got a prefilter made by the same company, to run on my HOB since I do not have an air pump. I really like it.

My 20 Gallon Long Plant Collection: http://plantedtank.net/forums/showthread.php?t=378505
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thanks! this is my first use of anything but HOB and I already love it
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eco complete down, plants in!
the plants are TINY clippings/baby plants from my other tank.
Anacharis, java fern, anubias, wisteria, fissidens! There is also a hitchhiker snail
water is currently clearing, so pictures up soon!
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picture update

eco complete down and some baby plants in their new home
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Can we get an updated photo? I would love to see what it looks like now.
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the one i just posted is updated. i just planted and everything. i will keep updating as things grow, hopefully quickly! and definitely once we get a betta in there!
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going CFLs!
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daylight CFLs!

first tank i put my new CFLs in


also...
what are these?



the only current inhabitant of this tank is a tiny snail. maybe she laid eggs? i have no idea
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Stocking

the definite stocking for this tank will be one male betta and one oto

are otos okay as singles?

also, i was considering adding an african dwarf frog to the mix.

suggestions, comments, concerns?

(edit: tank is definitely not cycled so these inhabitants will not enter for at minimum a week, since i just added some bacteria. now all it has to do is get to work and multiply)

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added some more plants today since I got so many in the mail for my other tanks!



added more water wisteria, moneywort, another small java fern, and many baby crypts!
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Ran another set of tests today, everything is looking good. I think the tank is cycled, but I'm going to add more food(ammonia for me) and retest in a day or two! Getting excited.
Also, there are a lot of baby snails and little critters in the water. Not bad with the critters right? Too small to identify
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today is the day! betta will be arriving i believe the tank is fully cycled. I added trimmings from my crazy growing water sprite for floating coverage
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acclimation!

he is an elephant ear, looks young


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he is in!

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