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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-24-2013, 09:02 AM Thread Starter
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Wink 5.5gal Bettaboy Jungle Island: Pics Dec 8

Been gone for a while, but I'm back due to the unexpected adoption of a biology department Betta boy and $5 MGOPS

Equipment:
5.5 gal
Screen top
25watt heater (specs to be added later)
Daylight flourescent bulb (specs to be added later)
1.5" MGOPS topped with stones on the sides and Midnight Black sand from Substrate Source in the middle
Maybe an air pump for surface agitation? *shrug*

What I have planned:
Flora:
A type of cryptocoryne, looks like this
Anubias Nana
Maybe some Jungle Vals

Fauna:
Betta Splendens
Maybe some fire red cherries



Nothing big planned, gonna try to keep it simple, not burn myself out again ^^

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Dwarf sag is also a possibility if your light can support Crypts. They're pretty good low light plants

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Ooohh, thanks! I'll try to get a hold of some :]

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I'd be careful about using actual jungle val, I'd recommend one of the sampler breeds of val (such as 'corkscrew' or 'mini twister' if its available), 'jungle' val (Vallisneria americana gigantea) can grow several feet long and in that small of a tank it would just stuff it full of thick val leaves and have no room for other plants of fish at all. That specific val is better suited to very tall tanks unless you want to hack down the leaves constantly.
Look forward to seeing how this progresses!
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Yeah, they're a pain but I'm pretty much just harvesting what I already have in a 20 gal at my parents' house ^^ I'm hoping Christmas will bring in some tank funds, I'd love to get some corkscrew vals!

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Okay, so my haul from my home tank is as follows:
A small bunch of the crypts, maybe 20 actual plants (still don't know what kind it is, I'll be posting a pic of it soon)
3-4 nodes of my Anubias nana
One stem of Hygrophila difformis
and a small rock with some flame moss on it.

Right now I have the anubias to the far right, the flame moss rock to the far left, and the difformis in the center surrounded by crypts.

I'm looking for some mini twister or corkscrew vals for the very back, for sure, and contemplating some Staurogyne repens to go around the 'island'. If I don't go with the repens, it'll be dwarf sag that'll be interspersed throughout, give it a bushy look.
Pics once the water clears up.

Whatcha think?

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New pics!

So, I have dwarf sag, Staurogyne repens, Blyxa japonica, and some crypts on their way from Reybie and TheGiantDwarfShrimp that will be totally enough to fill in the whole island as well as a dual sponge filter!

Until then, I am happy with how my plants are doing and I have an air stone in there for some circulation and to get rid of the protein on top.

So, pics!

Here's a full tank shot. The spoons were melted into shape to be resting spots for my boy. I'm happy the crypts didn't melt and they've all straightened up since I put them in there :]


Two pics of my boy himself. Any name ideas?



AND NOW, my proudest part of this tank: A brand new leaf on my Anubias nana!



Anyway, I'm happy how it's going, my little fish is doing great.
Any words on how the Blyxa will do in here?

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No name Ideas, but my he is a handsome fellow! Lucky fish to have such a great home, good job!


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Thanks, he was bought from a really REALLY bad pet store then used in a science experiment to test betta aggression (wow! original! /sarcasm) which is where I got him and another boy, both with Ick. Thinking of calling him Asimov, to honor his scientific past

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More pics, planted more now!




All kinds of plants and a brand spanky new filter. Looks scraggly now, I can't wait for it to straighten up.

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Loving the look. It makes me think of a garden
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Thanks! I can't wait for it to fill out! And of course, my betta boy Asimov is happy, I love watching betta's blossom when they're in a tank that's good for them.

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