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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-19-2013, 01:47 AM Thread Starter
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Help with 3 gallon nano.

I am setting up a 3 gallon bowfront nano tank, I am planning on turning this into a planted home for my male Dragon scale betta. I am using black eco complete as the substrate, as far as lighting I'm planning on using a Coralife 10W 10,000k 50/50 mini compact fluorescent bulb. I'd like to keep this tank in the lowtech range and not have to use CO2 at all. Am I headed in the right direction as far as lighting for this size tank? I would really like to have low-mid light plants in this setup. I would appreciate any help in getting the lighting right for what I'm trying to achieve for this tank. Thanks.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-19-2013, 02:27 AM
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For lighting you are good with the coralife bulb. If you want you could even use a regular 6500K cfl spiral bulb. If you want to go led then the Finnex Fugeray-R would be a sound investment. It would give you more than enough light for low-med plants.
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plants i would get mini bulbitis, anubius nana and other such ferns. you can try also rotala green as well
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Since the tank is so shallow, ferns may not be a good option. But Anubias nana 'petite' (much smaller than nana) would be excellent because it requires no special care.

Your lighting will likely be fine and will help keep temps up for your Betta. If it gets to be too much, you can add a layer of fiberglass window screen to cut light levels down a notch.

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Thanks for the responses, I have now two options for lighting, I can use the 10W 10000K Coralife 50/50 bulb that I mentioned before, I was planning on putting it in a Finnex aquarium cliplight fixture. Or I can use a 13w 6500K Day light bulb in a desk lamp. Which would be the best option for my low-tech, low-mid range light plant goal?
As far as plants, I saw some anubias nana and bacopa caroliniana that I would be interested in using in this tank. I have a nice piece of mopani wood that I would like to attach some java moss or some other type of moss to but that's if I can find any around here, The fish stores around Atlanta really lack in freshwater plant selections. I may have to end up ordering some plants or try to buy some plants of someone in this forum. I was wondering if I could get away with Hygrophila polysperma under my light conditions.
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The desk lamp would allow you to adjust your lighting levels as desired and would allow you to have an open top aquarium. That's a really nice look. Easier/cheaper to buy different sizes of bulbs, too.
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-20-2013, 03:25 AM Thread Starter
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Ok Here is what I have:
  • 3gallon rimless bowfront tank from Aquatop
  • Eco Complete Substrate
  • Toms mini internal filter
  • 13w cfl 6500k daylight bulb in clamp lamp mounted on an adjustable stand
  • Tetra 50w submerible heater
  • Plants so far; anubias and bacopa (will be getting more plants tomorrow)
  • Decor; Mopani wood, River stones, Mini Rock pagoda ornament



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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-14-2013, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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Some updated images of this tank. I have added several plants that have been growing quite nicely. I have added an amazon sword, sunset hygro, java moss, Bocopa, anubias, crypts, duckweed. I will be adding a bunch of Ratola indica when i receive it next week.

The tank occupants are a Betta an Oto catfish and 2 nerite snails.





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You might notice an Endler in this pic, he is no longer and tank occupant as he decided to go carpet diving.

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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-14-2013, 10:34 PM
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your betta is beautiful!! He looks like my DS, except mine is white and red and he has a full mask!
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