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Old 02-09-2013, 07:18 AM   #1
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Well, time to start up my 3rd tank build thread on plantedtank, though this is finally the first tank I've owned so breaking new ground!!

I've been planning out an epic high-tech ADA cube build and the last tank (a low tech 25g cube) was a good learning piece for that!! On that journey I caught a bug for a betta and haven't been able to kick it, which led me to my 2nd personal tank.

I've got a 28g SPS dominant reef that's been running for over 2-yrs that got me into the hobby. After that built out a 29g planted for my mom thats still runnin strong, and most recently built out the 25g Kessil powered planted cube for a friend. Coming from an SW background the allure has always been bright colored fish and corals. What better substitute than a betta and planted tank!

Ended up going with a Fluval Spec 2g cube (I love cubes btw). Threw in some ADA Amazon substrate, some stones, dwarf hairgrass, and a hand selected (after 2-wks search) crowntail male betta. The lil guy seems totally impressed with his new "large" living quarters.

Here it is not long after setup. Better pics to follow as the tank is still clearing:



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Old 02-09-2013, 08:31 AM   #2
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Hi, it will look great when the grass grows into a dense carpet. And yes betta's are really awesome fish.
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Old 02-09-2013, 01:52 PM   #3
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Cool! And nice Radion over the reef.
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Old 02-09-2013, 02:49 PM   #4
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Hi, it will look great when the grass grows into a dense carpet. And yes betta's are really awesome fish.
Thanks! And yeah, looking forward to some good growth!





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Cool! And nice Radion over the reef.
Lol Dennis, I didnt know you were into planted tanks too!
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Old 02-09-2013, 04:14 PM   #5
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Lol Dennis, I didnt know you were into planted tanks too!
LOL, well that remains to be seen. I just started my first planted nano for a Betta over in the Tank Journal section. We'll see how it goes!
And like Smitty says, i have amazonia and have been doing (almost) daily 75% water changes. So far no ammonia is registering.
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Old 02-09-2013, 04:00 PM   #6
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I hope you are doing a lot of water changes, or have a bunch of cycled media in the tank because amazonia leeches ammonia like a b****.
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Old 02-09-2013, 05:15 PM   #7
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Careful Dennis, the simple beauty and ease of care on a planted (and low cost relative to SW) becomes very very attractive!! You may end up tearing down that nice new reef of yours...

You found any good FW / planted specialty shops locally? Im so used to my reef ring of shops that I've never really looked. Have found City Pets is pretty good and Houston Aquatics has a nice fish selection (though not very good presentation, lol).

My experience with Amazonia is the same, used it in the 25g cube with no NH3 readings, though I did do daily 50% WC's for 10-days. Will be doing the same with this tank.
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I too have been looking for a decent source. Picked up a couple things at fish gallery today. Most of my other stuff came from city pets and petsmart. Nothing outstanding though. ADG might start bringing in some cool plants for retail sale.
As long as I'm keeping ammonia levels down with water changes, you think the betta will be ok in there? For now he's in a fish bowl.
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Old 02-11-2013, 03:16 AM   #9
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I too have been looking for a decent source. Picked up a couple things at fish gallery today. Most of my other stuff came from city pets and petsmart. Nothing outstanding though. ADG might start bringing in some cool plants for retail sale.
As long as I'm keeping ammonia levels down with water changes, you think the betta will be ok in there? For now he's in a fish bowl.
Yeah, pretty much the same LFS search results for me... I am going to check out ADG this week though.

And as far as the fish, I dont see how a new tank can be any worse than sitting in an unfiltered bag or cup for weeks at a time. They aren't as sensitive as all the crazy reef fish/corals we are used to dealing with
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A better shot of the lil guy, will pull out the real camera once the hairgrass starts to root and spread and there is a little more to show:
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How does the Betta seem to deal with the flow? When I had a Betta in my Spec he seemed to dislike the flow a lot. I finally bought an extra piece of tubing and cut a few holes in it near the top to slow down the output. He seemed to perk up after that. I've gone back to the stock tubing since I don't have him anymore.
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How does the Betta seem to deal with the flow? When I had a Betta in my Spec he seemed to dislike the flow a lot. I finally bought an extra piece of tubing and cut a few holes in it near the top to slow down the output. He seemed to perk up after that. I've gone back to the stock tubing since I don't have him anymore.
He does seem happier when the pump is off, and when it's on I find he tends to stay in certain areas of the tank that in theory should be the lowest flow or "dead zones". I had been brainstorming on ideas to cut down on the flow, so thanks for the idea
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He does seem happier when the pump is off, and when it's on I find he tends to stay in certain areas of the tank that in theory should be the lowest flow or "dead zones". I had been brainstorming on ideas to cut down on the flow, so thanks for the idea
Mine did the same thing. He also got stuck on the intake before I turned it down. I tried to put filter floss over the intake but the flow was still strong enough that he would hide all the time. Once I cut the two small holes the flow was nice enough that he could rest on the intake (which he LOVED to do!) and then swim off against the flow when he was done. As a side note, if you cut some holes in the line it stimulates flow in the back chamber and any heater you are hiding back there becomes much more effective. The trade-off is that you get reduced flow which for me led to some algae build up until I started dosing Flourish Excel.
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Mine did the same thing. He also got stuck on the intake before I turned it down. I tried to put filter floss over the intake but the flow was still strong enough that he would hide all the time. Once I cut the two small holes the flow was nice enough that he could rest on the intake (which he LOVED to do!) and then swim off against the flow when he was done. As a side note, if you cut some holes in the line it stimulates flow in the back chamber and any heater you are hiding back there becomes much more effective. The trade-off is that you get reduced flow which for me led to some algae build up until I started dosing Flourish Excel.
After a few more days of observation, I am not so sure it's too much flow for him after all.

Did you know there is a flow adjustment knob on the pump itself? I have mine turned to the lowest setting, with the output pointed towards the surface. The betta does rest against the overflow grate, but he easily swims off when he wants. I've noticed his activity increases once the light goes out, so I'm starting to think that he may just be acclimating to the tank and light intensity, more-so than being bothered by the flow. Though, it could be a combination of all 3 things...

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Hey angelo, what are you feeding this guy? I just have some of those hikari betta pellets but would like to find something better.

For cutting down the flow on my tank, i had a little ball valve laying around in a box from a little Rio pump. I used a small piece of clear tubing to attach it to the output coming out of my tank's filter box. You can clearly see it in my pics... big and ugly. lol
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