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post #16 of 74 (permalink) Old 08-20-2013, 12:53 AM
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I vote keep using the 5gal jar. You don't need a filter. Add even more plants! I'm not a betta expert but my betta is pretty happy in a 3 gal so I'm sure your will be okay in a 5 gal. even on the betta forum lots of people are using less than 5 gal tanks. More is better but for one fish I think 5 gal is pretty good.

Although shrimps are great fun! some people will keep nano fish in a 5 gal like least killi fish.
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You could do a small planted.. Center rock made to look like mountain or use moss on a branch to get the bonsai look sans fish.
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I agree, if you add more plants you may like the look of it much better! But if you are going for that simple beauty, then shrimp may be the best bet.
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On the hunt for more plants then and will watch raoks... I have a shrimp jar and shrimp tank, so this will be Bob's home, heavily planted in the future.

Thanks for posting chunkychun, was started to feel bad lol
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No worries, everyone wants to do what's best for their pets. This should be enjoyable. I wouldn't wait to get more plants though. get some fast growers like your anacharis or more floaters so they will suck up the ammonia. you can rescape later as well.

Or you can get a bunch of the anacharis and make a small forest and add a small rock which may look cool.
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Stem plants would help a lot here. They grow pretty quick and you can get away with not using Co2, ferts, and high light for a lot of them. As for the filter, don't really need it after you get that planted up more. Let the plants do the work. Maybe add a small airstone for water movement, but other then that, you should be good.

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What are some good stems for this?

The elodea tips are a slight brown today i dont think this led is strong enough :/

I do like that artist lamp i have over my shrimp jar maybe ill get another and use a cfl
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What are some good stems for this?

The elodea tips are a slight brown today i dont think this led is strong enough :/

I do like that artist lamp i have over my shrimp jar maybe ill get another and use a cfl
Hygro difformis is a good one. Almost any of the hygros will work well.

As for lights, try this bulb in this fixture or in this fixture.

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That wouldnt clip on to the tank would it? I had a lamp just like that and it always drooped down (which is why i got the artist swing arm lamp). For about double the price you get a real nice lamp, and can have it anywhere you need it (height wise).

Also, ive been getting 13w bulbs at the dollar tree (everythings $1) 3 packs for $1.
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Also keep in mind a lot of the time when you see those super clean tanks its only because they have totally removed equipment for the photos hehe.

This might be a case for lily pipes on a nano canister filter <3
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That wouldnt clip on to the tank would it? I had a lamp just like that and it always drooped down (which is why i got the artist swing arm lamp). For about double the price you get a real nice lamp, and can have it anywhere you need it (height wise).

Also, ive been getting 13w bulbs at the dollar tree (everythings $1) 3 packs for $1.
I good desk lamp would be much better. And more aesthetically appealing too. I only suggested those as a cheaper route.

I use a setup like that on my 2gallon, but I am able to suspend it from the shelf above it on my desk.



If you had a way to do that it would work, if not, a good desk lamp is the better route.

Any idea on what color temp the dollar store bulbs are?

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No way to hang anything :/

Also, made a mistake. I guess i bought 13's from a regular store (6500k) and got the 15w from dollar store for my ceiling fan and they say full spectrum. I want to go look at those dang bulbs now tho

Also, Shimagoma- what!! Dirty tricksters. Lol.
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No way to hang anything :/

Also, made a mistake. I guess i bought 13's from a regular store (6500k) and got the 15w from dollar store for my ceiling fan and they say full spectrum. I want to go look at those dang bulbs now tho

Also, Shimagoma- what!! Dirty tricksters. Lol.
The 6500K is the best to use for the plants. Also, the browning could be a bit of a nutrient deficiency, just not sure which one. Lol.

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Also keep in mind a lot of the time when you see those super clean tanks its only because they have totally removed equipment for the photos hehe.

This might be a case for lily pipes on a nano canister filter <3
I 2nd that... You could even have a bent glass straw for the return... Clear glass wouldn't detract from the "clean" look you are after, whatsoever. Not cheap though... But in my old age, I choose quality over economy every time... A pet peeve I have.. I hate buying stuff I already own, because I need to upgrade or because it broke etc etc because I was too cheap to do it right the first time. I want too "add" to my enjoyment of life... Not spend to replace stuff.
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