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Awesome.

Honestly, I've kept alot of bettas in small set ups, and one gals even filtered invariably led to some fin issues...and once they go bad, they never recover as nice. I think if you planted heavy w/ CO2, that would be your best bet for long term success in a tank like that. You probably paid $70+ with shipping for a fish like that...quite an investment.
I didn't buy him directly from Thailand, I bought him from a guy in Colorado who imported him from Thailand.


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I had a feeling this was your work
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Update

I rescaped the whole cube, replaced the glass "gravel" with aged Azoo substrate from my Steampunk tank and placed a different Betta along with some grape wood and moss in it. This betta, moss, and substrate were in the smaller flask of my Steampunk setup without filtration or water changes for at least a month and the water remained clear with very little algae growth so I figured it was a balanced tank. So I just transferred everything from the flask to the cube but with fresh R/O water. I also added a Kuhli loach that kept ending up in my filter from another tank. Here's some photos I just took:








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awesome tank, I love the idea.
How much did the shell cost you?
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awesome tank, I love the idea.
How much did the shell cost you?
Thanks, I got mine from ebay already made into an aquarium. I think it was $140 but I think just the shells go for about $60, then you have to put the base in yourself. This was a "flop" for Apple in 2000-01 and they were only made for 2 years. They were also quite expensive at the time so there's not many out there. It's considered by some to be the best looking computer ever made. I like it because we're a mac family. It looks nice next to my iMac.


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I decided to rescape, got rid of the grapewood, current moss, and decided to use a piece of volcanic rock with some Fissidens fontanus attached to it. I ran into a green water issue and decided to try using my Zoomed 501 filter. I had to modify the intake and outputs by filing off a collar that prevents the compression nuts from going back too far on them. This was to get them to fit through the rear top vent. I used the stock intake cover but decided to try to mimic the ADA Metal Jet Pipe P (Outflow) so as not to have too much current in such a small tank. I found this neat nylon filter used in paint sprayers at the local hardware store. It fits perfectly and works well.
Unfortunately this wasn't enough and I still had green water although the filter helped. I decided to try the new Cobalt micro UV inline filter. I had to find 5/8" to 3/8" barb reducers to splice it into the existing filter system. Within a couple of days I had crystal clear water. Mission accomplished. I think this setup would be perfect for a wide range of nano tanks where too much current is undesirable.












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Nice Apple tank! Is that the same betta as the previous pictures?
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That's neat davrx. You have the most unique and interesting aquariums on this site. I love how you think outside of the "glass" box. How are your vintage aquariums doing and have you bought anymore cool old tanks recently? I love seeing these pieces of history from our hobby brought back to life.

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What a nice setup. Best thing ever to go in that case! ;p

And a really wild fish, that guy looks awesome!
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What a nice setup. Best thing ever to go in that case! ;p

And a really wild fish, that guy looks awesome!
Lol took the words right out of my mouth

Thats a nice looking tank AND betta
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Nice Apple tank! Is that the same betta as the previous pictures?
Thanks, yes it is.


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That's neat davrx. You have the most unique and interesting aquariums on this site. I love how you think outside of the "glass" box. How are your vintage aquariums doing and have you bought anymore cool old tanks recently? I love seeing these pieces of history from our hobby brought back to life.
Thank you so much for your comments but I became overwhelmed with too many tanks and have sold them all but the brass one with the windows in the bottom. I had my father-in-law try to remove the corrosion of the tank by glass bead blasting it, which it did, but now the brass has a satin finish rather than the original polished finish. I can't find any commercial outfits that polish brass. I want to have it professionally done and then proceed with the restoration since it appears to be the only one of its kind.


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What a nice setup. Best thing ever to go in that case! ;p

And a really wild fish, that guy looks awesome!
Thanks, yea, that was one of the few Apple flops.


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