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Old 11-12-2013, 04:10 AM   #1
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5 Gallon Betta Planted Tank


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I'm making a nice little medium planted tank for a betta. Hoping to go with all easy plants, nothing too difficult, just enough to satisfy some little guy out there.
Current plants:
1x Dwarf Lilly
1x Anubias
1x Blyxa aubertii "Water Bamboo"
1x Mat of Flame Moss
4x Mysterious Wild Plant (resembles Bacopa)

Current residents:
3x Ghost Shrimps
1x Halfmoon Betta, Zuko

I've got a Top Fin 10 gallon filter working in the tank, which I'll probably need to change since it might be too strong for the betta. A Tetra pre-set heater for warming the tank, CarribSea Tahitian Moon Sand as a substrate. API Root Tabs and API Leaf Zone are keeping the plants alive right now. No clue what I want to do with the Flame moss-any suggestions?

Almost got another gorgeous white betta to keep the Halfmoon, Zuko, company, but didn't have a divider set up. I may take some plexiglass and set that up soon, though-that was one gorgeous betta. Worried about space, though. What do you guys think?
I might get some otos to help clean, but I want to see how he reacts to the ghost shrimp first. He seemed pretty feisty in the store, but I hope that doesn't translate to being aggressive.

There's currently no top or light, which I'll have to buy. The "top" I have right now is just two pieces of plexiglass meant to stop Zuko from jumping out.

I also have a little problem with Zuko. It looks like somebody cut part of his tail off. It doesn't look infected, but will it ever grow back?Click image for larger version

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Old 11-12-2013, 04:49 AM   #2
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I've found my half moon Bettas are prone to tail biting.
That's what it looks like in this pic.

Nice tank! I'd skip getting a second betta.
5 gallons is great space for Zuko.
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Thank you on the tank! First tank I've actually "designed", the others were sort of slapped together.
Yeah, I figured on the second betta. No jumping/digging to worry about, plus that white betta looked kind of ill.
Tail biting? How do these bettas get their tails bitten off if they're sold in individual cups?
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Old 11-13-2013, 12:13 AM   #4
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they bite their own tails. For any number of reasons. Stress, boredom. Excessive finnage on Bettas can weigh them down too and some bite off their tails to be able to swim better.
I have one half moon male who enjoys surfing the current of the filter and is very active. He's my worst tail biter. Lol the huge fluffy tail slows him down too much.

get some Indian almond leaves, it will help his tail regrow. They also add tannins to the water which makes the betta feel more secure

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Thank you on the tank! First tank I've actually "designed", the others were sort of slapped together.
Yeah, I figured on the second betta. No jumping/digging to worry about, plus that white betta looked kind of ill.
Tail biting? How do these bettas get their tails bitten off if they're sold in individual cups?
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Old 11-13-2013, 02:44 AM   #5
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I run my 5g betta with just sponge filter (rated for 20g) and he is very happy

I found that the preset heater didn't keep my water warm enough but I do experience cold new England winters!




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Old 11-13-2013, 10:29 PM   #6
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I'm in Oregon and my room has very little ventilation, so it stays nice and toasty in my tanks.
They bite off their own tails?! That's terrible. O.o I'll try to find some leaves, or maybe my teacher has a small piece of driftwood in storage that I can use...
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So it appears Zuko has taken an interest in the shrimps and chases them with an intent to kill. The shrimp are amazingly fast and haven't taken any hits yet, but should I put them in another tank?
And Zuko's tail is growing back splendidly. Amazing what a fish can go through and still bounce back!
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Old 11-28-2013, 02:33 AM   #8
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Shrimp are gonna become his food.
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Alright, shrimp will be moved. They have a nice 30 gallon waiting for them (unless the apistos want to make a move on them too...)
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My betta lives peacefully with two amanos. They leave each other be
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Old 11-29-2013, 12:37 AM   #11
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I have my betta with 10 amanos. No clashes at all.
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Old 11-29-2013, 03:05 AM   #12
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Lucky. Zuko is just becoming more and more persistsnt with them, amd I've grown rather attached to the little guys.
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Bettas have full blow personalities that vary like crazy. One may love them, hate them or pretend they don't exist

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It's just what's so wonderful about them, they're like puffers. Best of all Zuko's personality kind of fits his namesake's personality.
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