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post #31 of 42 (permalink) Old 05-23-2005, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
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lol, i just read this thread beginning to end. Man, I've come a long way.

Well the java ferns were taken out because they were getting way to big. Tank doesn't look the same without them but i'm looking for something that will be undemanding and not grow to tall and fill in good. I threw in some rotala clippings to see how they would look but i don't think i am going to be getting the same amount of cover. Anyone have any suggestions.

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post #32 of 42 (permalink) Old 05-26-2005, 09:53 PM
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I have the exact same tank. To save money, I just took the eclipse filter pads and carefully cut around 3 edges, leaving it connected on 1 side. Then I place rubber bands or plastic coated sandwich ties around it. When it gets dirty, I just open it up, dump out the resin and rinse the pad with my sprayer in the kitchen sink. Then I replace whatever stuff I decide to load it up with, if anything, and drop it back in the tank. So far 3 eclipse filter pads have lasted about a year and a half. No sense in throwing away your money if you don't need to.

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post #33 of 42 (permalink) Old 05-27-2005, 08:39 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the advice. I already had the reusable-filter-thing down on page 1. I originally found that the mesh used on the cartidges degraded and came undone after every rinse so I replaced it with a sponge. SHould last a good 2+ years.

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How about aurea. It's a stem plant and grows a little slow but it's undemanding as far as mainenance.

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post #35 of 42 (permalink) Old 05-30-2005, 02:56 AM
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love it!
Those cories are so cute.
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post #36 of 42 (permalink) Old 06-25-2005, 07:04 AM Thread Starter
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Just wanted to update with a current pic. The midground is definitely needing something since the rotala just doesn't grow its best under the system 6 lighting, and the plain gravel. Most of the java moss was also removed since some sort of algea was taking it over.

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post #37 of 42 (permalink) Old 06-25-2005, 03:29 PM
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Looks good, I have the same tank as you are but I am pending on whether to finish setting it up or not.
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post #38 of 42 (permalink) Old 06-25-2005, 05:09 PM
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Gotta love those Cory Habrosus .. I have 7 of them and they are just downright adowable

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post #39 of 42 (permalink) Old 08-03-2005, 04:20 PM
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hey, i'm ne where, and i want to get the same tank to replace my 2g hex that my betta is in... what other fish do you have with your betta? have you ever had problems with betta getting along with other fish?

i had a betta before in my 10g with cherry barbs and he was fine, but when he died () and i got a new one, this one won't get along with other fish. i'm wondering if getting a special tank just for him is worth it since he's such a bad boy although maybe doing a heavily planted 6g with just a betta wont be so bad?
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post #40 of 42 (permalink) Old 08-05-2005, 07:27 AM Thread Starter
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Honestly just having one betta in there is all you need to have an entertaining tank. Especially with all the plants, its amazing how active they are when they have plenty of 'nooks and crannies' to explore and keep watch over. I currently have some white clouds, the cories, and 2 shrimp in that tank. The betta will occasionally charge at one of the minnows, but they are to quick for him.

Mileage may vary depending on the Betta. If you've noticed that your new betta is overly aggressive, i would just get a tank for only him.

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post #41 of 42 (permalink) Old 08-11-2005, 01:47 PM
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Absolutely FAB!! Thanks for the inspiration, I am setting up my 30x30x30cm cube shrinp tank tonight.
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post #42 of 42 (permalink) Old 12-06-2005, 07:47 PM
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Can you describe which plants are what in your last picture upload?



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