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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-09-2013, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
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Briz's 2.3 Gallon Nano Scape

Started 9/9/2013

Equipment
Deep Blue Professional 2.3 Gallon Betta Aquarium
Beamswork LED Lights
25w Hydor Theo Heater
(To be added later, a sponge filter behind the larger rock formation. Need a smaller airstone.)

Plants
Taiwan Moss
Christmas Moss

Resident
White Plakat Male Betta

Wanted one of those elegant nano scape tanks where it looks like scenery. I had everything I needed to make this tank except the moss, plastic mesh, and fish.

Prefill


Flooded. My fishing line was lost during the move so I need to get some more to tie down the moss.





I need to:
  • Suspend the light
  • Get small airstone for sponge filter
  • Get background

Not sure if the background should be white or black.

I hope for the moss to fill in the mesh flooring. Should be a beautiful little tank once it grows out!
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-09-2013, 10:03 PM
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If it's between white and black background, I vote black. It'll make your white betta really stand out.
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black, agreed
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-29-2013, 11:29 PM Thread Starter
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Went with the black background per recommendations.







Some kind of mystery plant came with the moss and is seen in the middle there growing upwards. Going to let it be for now and see what it does.

I returned the white Betta to the store because he was high-maintenance with eating. Had trouble "hitting the mark" and often wasted food.

In the meantime, letting the cycle and moss continue its merry way.
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Cool tank! Your mystery plants looks like Utricularia gibba. You should take it out now before it takes over your tank. But if you want a positive ID, take a close up pic and post it in the plant section.
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Get that mystery plant out asap! It could be u. gibba as Kai808 stated or it could not be - either way if I were you I would take no chances as it could ruin you tank in a very short span of time!
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Cool tank! Your mystery plants looks like Utricularia gibba. You should take it out now before it takes over your tank. But if you want a positive ID, take a close up pic and post it in the plant section.
Yup, I would take it out unless you never want to get rid of it. I have actually seen it used well but once you have any more than you do, it's hard to get rid of.
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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-30-2013, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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I'm so glad for the advice on this forum. :-) I went "eek!" and removed any visible strands immediately. Will post more update pictures when the import Betta arrives.
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I returned the white Betta to the store because he was high-maintenance with eating. Had trouble "hitting the mark" and often wasted food.
seriously? 4-6 betta pellets per day and that's it. Ive never heard of a betta wasting food. You can feed him 20 a day and the little scavenger will eat them (not recommended)
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-02-2013, 11:01 PM Thread Starter
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Actually, he would not hunt them out, as I watched where they fell in to the moss and stayed there for days until I removed them. I have had many Bettas. Some are picky about food types, which I would comply. But this one rarely managed to get food in his mouth. I do not feel bad at all for returning him, safely, to the store.
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I closed down this tank earlier this month. A parting shot:



The moss had great growth, although it never grabbed on to my mesh flooring. I had to add a second heater during the winter months because it was crazy cold in the house all the time.

The "replacement" betta was a Thailand order that arrived months late after being held by the transhipper because she forgot I had sent payment. He enjoyed his mossy tank for a while before I moved him to a new one since this one is being retired for now.

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Ah, found a better picture:

Last edited by Briz; 03-14-2014 at 02:09 PM. Reason: Added another picture
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