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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-26-2016, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
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I'm not having luck with this substrate as it likes to stick to everything, I will see if it settles over the next few days. My betta is infinitely better in a larger tank than the one gallon he was in. I have one nerite snail and five ghost shrimp as cleanup since my son likes to over feed the betta. Heres to wishing the plants hold out and and get ready for their first dose of co2. The plants are from a tank without a co2 doser, they use root tabs and a co2 booster.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-26-2016, 10:38 PM
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The bubbles clinging to the sand will eventually dissolve. You can also gently stir and poke the sand with, say, something like a bamboo skewer to help get rid of the air pockets. The sand on the glass should fall if you swipe it with your finger. I can't tell, but it looks like you have an anubia in the front left of the tank. If so, you need to get the rhizome above the sand or it will rot. Kinda looks like you may have more than one, they all need to have the rhizomes above the sand or they will rot. Good luck with it all.
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Thanks, Anubias are new to me, I will fix that so they don't rot.
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I trim the anubia roots short and attach them to rock or driftwood with a rubber band. A month or two later, they are anchored and the rubberband is cut off. You can also use thread or fishing line or superglue(gel). The glue turns white underwater so it can be an eyesore.
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I have plenty of fishing line, i like the idea of driftwood, but i cant find a decent piece small enough for 5.5 gal. I dont want too much space taken so the beta and shrimp have room to move
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I have purchased some nice mopani from PetMountain. It was around 6 inches long and about 3 inches high. You can also post in the WTB/ROAK section for a small piece of driftwood and specify you max size. Someone is likely to have it or point you to where you can get it.
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Oh thanks! You've been a lot of help! I always appreciate getting information that will help me out! 😊
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You can also attach the Anubius to a smallish rock in the same manner that Turning dizzy described.

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Ty Doug, I have some stone in the back yard I can boil and sanitize, its river rock I got up near the cabin that might work.
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I think adding some rock to your would add a nice hardscape.

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I agree now that I look at it more, thanks Yukon!
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careful when you choose backyard stone though, some contain metals which are harmful to fish... and invertebrates. I would do the vinegar test on a backyard rock you choose. also the plant in the back left of the tank I think its a house plant? not submergible, if you got it from Petco this happens often..
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Are you thinking spathiphyllum Bettabettas? I was thinking anubias congensis or lanceolata.
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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-27-2016, 07:09 PM Thread Starter
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In all honesty I bought the one anubias, the smallest one and the other two were given to me. I am going to test the river bed rock today, just been so busy picking up after the holidays I haven't given much thought to it.
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