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Old 11-01-2012, 01:02 AM   #1
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10 Gal Dirted Betta Kingdom


Someone needs to stop me. This is my third journal today; a nano and my main tank were first and both flooded. This one is still a work in progress. I found a great piece of DW at the LFS and it fits perfectly. This is a standard 10 gallon tank with MGOPS capped with black diamond. BD has to be my new favorite substrate, especially with the price. Here is the current scape. I think I am going to add more BD along the back to form a nice slope and hold in the DW. It is pretty precarious without all the rocks to hold it in place. What do you all think?





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Old 11-01-2012, 01:09 AM   #2
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That is one amazing piece of driftwood!

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Old 11-01-2012, 01:26 AM   #3
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It is gorgeous! Can you glue it to the rocks to make it more stable?

Or aqaurium sealant?
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Old 11-01-2012, 01:29 AM   #4
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Also bettas are notorious for trying to squeeze into little places -- several have died trying to go through the small holes in the bottoms of teraacottoa pots.

You thus might consider closing some of the cracks with clear aquarium sealant, and possibly sand down any edges that are scratchy enough to snag pantyhose.

If it snags pantyhose it will tear fins, as I learned to my dismay in July.

But my fishy is all better now. Please learn from my mistake!
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Old 11-01-2012, 01:39 AM   #5
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I don't think I will be able to glue it in a meaningful way to make it stable. I am hoping enough sand and rocks around the base will do it. I know I need to clean up a lot of the edges and I am planting many of the crevices with java fern. I hope it will be enough. He has quite the set of fins and flares at everything.




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Old 11-01-2012, 02:11 AM   #6
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Beautiful Betta!

Love the DW
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Old 11-01-2012, 02:19 AM   #7
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He is feisty and lovely!

I call our red male Sriracha, red, and hot tempered and imported from Thailand!
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Old 11-01-2012, 04:34 AM   #8
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great piece of driftwood! And what a stunning boy!
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Old 11-01-2012, 08:32 AM   #9
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Wow. My betta would love to be in that tank. Great "homey" DW u got there!
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Old 11-01-2012, 09:50 AM   #10
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awesome tank I am setting up a very similar one. I love that dw. Also what light are you using? Flora u plan on stocking?
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Old 11-01-2012, 11:00 AM   #11
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For now I am going to be using the led lighting that came with the tank. I am assuming it is going to be low to very low light so I am going to stick with all low light plants. Java fern/moss, a weeping moss wall, lots of crypts and bacopa. All should grow slow enough to keep this a low maintenance tank.
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Default I would only use that driftwood for shrimp......

Unless you make some small modifications.

Like SpecG mentioned Bettas are very inquisitive, at least the ones I've owned.
  • A betta would try to swim through those natural cracks/splits in the CENTER of the wood itself. It wouldn't take long for a betta to lose most of it's fins or get itself wedged in the driftwood.

  • One thing you could do is to jam a moss type plant or something similar into those cracks, so the betta can't get through.

Other than that, all the elements look great.

Sorry to hear about the other tanks you lost from the flood.
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Old 11-01-2012, 04:21 PM   #13
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Nice setup and beautiful betta
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Old 11-01-2012, 04:43 PM   #14
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Unless you make some small modifications.

Like SpecG mentioned Bettas are very inquisitive, at least the ones I've owned.
  • A betta would try to swim through those natural cracks/splits in the CENTER of the wood itself. It wouldn't take long for a betta to lose most of it's fins or get itself wedged in the driftwood.
  • One thing you could do is to jam a moss type plant or something similar into those cracks, so the betta can't get through.

Other than that, all the elements look great.

Sorry to hear about the other tanks you lost from the flood.
Yeah, my guy likes to get into every nook and cranny in his current tank. I have LOTS of mosses and plants to get into those spots that might tear the fins. I have to pull the dw since i did find a spot that is too pointy in the back that i can't really get to. That will give me the opportunity to get everything nice and smooth.

LOL, the tanks being flooded just meant that I filled them with water while in the middle of scaping. We weren't actually flooded, thank god. Going back and reading what i wrote, it completely sounds like there was a flood. This is the first tank where I am taking some time to get it right before the water goes in and i start the cycle.
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Old 11-01-2012, 05:14 PM   #15
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Oh good! No tragedy just planning!
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