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Old 09-15-2012, 12:20 AM   #1
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Default HANdS 5G Planted Betta Tank


5G Marineland Eclipse Hex 5
Dimensions: ~ 14" x 12.5" x 16.8"
Substrate: Eco-Complete Black
Lighting: 13W Daylight CFL from Home Depot
CO2: None
Fertilizers: API Leaf Zone
Flora: Taxiphyllum Barbieri (Java Moss), Bacopa Monnieri (Moneywort)
Fauna: 1 King Crowntail Betta, 2 Nerites (Zebra/Spotted)

The Acquisition Story
This was a present for my 2 year old daughter Aria when her baby brother's due date was approaching. It's currently housing a Teal/Purple King Crowntail Betta named "Alpha".

This is our first fish-tank, ever. I wanted to plant it, so it also became my first experience with needing to keep something green alive too.

I fishless-cycled the tank using janitorial ammonia. It has eco-complete substrate and two clefted rocks for hardscape. The first plants I put in it were a selection of small java ferns and anubias from Petsmart. They were doomed. I was still learning how to measure water parameters, dose ammonia, etc... at some point I must have had easily 20ppm of ammonia in that tank, and the plants did not survive.

Thankfully, I reset the water and the tank cycled uneventfully after that. It now houses a healthy portion of Java Moss and a bunch of Moneywort courtesy of tpt member aweeby. They've only been in there a week, so I can't say for certain how they're doing, but they look healthy

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