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Old 11-10-2013, 09:19 PM   #1
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Evolve 2 - First Planted Tank Journal


So, when I first started this tank I really had no idea what I was doing. I still don't. But now that I've decided to go full NPT and I'm a couple weeks in, I just became aware that I'm going to have to move the tank in December.

For that reason, and others, I'm going to be doing a full replanting sometime soon. I want to replace the dirt and soil cap (which I don't like anyways - white sand does not suit it) with stratum, and I'll be moving a few things around. I just think it will be more manageable in a tank of this size.

But for anyone curious, here's the current setup:

Tech:
Aqueon Evolve 2
Fluval 13W light
Miracle gro + sand cap substrate
Stock filter, plus a heater
Very occasional liquid CO2
Very occasional dosing of ferts (I still don't really get how/how much to dose in a super small tank)

Plants:
cryptocoryne, ludwigia repens, marimo moss ball, hornwort, duckweed, sunset hygro

Fish:
Male betta fish, some pond snail hitchhikers



This is about 2 weeks in - please excuse the detritus, it's due for a clean up but I've been lazy!
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Old 11-11-2013, 02:30 PM   #2
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Cute betta! Did you make mods to the filter or do the plants break out the current enough for your betta?
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Old 11-12-2013, 03:09 PM   #3
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Thanks! No, the plants definitely don't break the current enough. I emailed Aqueon complaining about the misrepresentation of the tank on the box (i.e. "use this tank for bettas!" when the filter makes it completely unusable), and they sent me a weaker pump. I also cut some holes in the tube (though that didn't really do much), and I have a fluval prefilter sponge over the spray nozzle.

Lately, though, Romeo's fins have been looking a bit ragged and I think it's because he's taken to resting against the intake at night. I'm going to get some mesh and put it overtop, so his fins can't be sucked in.
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Thanks! No, the plants definitely don't break the current enough. I emailed Aqueon complaining about the misrepresentation of the tank on the box (i.e. "use this tank for bettas!" when the filter makes it completely unusable), and they sent me a weaker pump. I also cut some holes in the tube (though that didn't really do much), and I have a fluval prefilter sponge over the spray nozzle.

Lately, though, Romeo's fins have been looking a bit ragged and I think it's because he's taken to resting against the intake at night. I'm going to get some mesh and put it overtop, so his fins can't be sucked in.
I have an Evolve4, no betta yet still trying to figure out scape and get that done first. I did something very simular to you for filter mods but also added foam over the pump intake to keep it from sucking in anything that can clog it.
I have some foam over backside of the intake slots but I like your idea of using mesh, I might try that ^^
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Oh I forgot to mention that I have a course sponge over the backside of the intake too, but it does very little for current and I don't think it's significantly helping my boy's fins.

If you're going to be getting a long-finned betta I would recommend putting a pellet/flake of his food on the surface of the water with the filter on. If it moves in any significant way, the current will be too strong.
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