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Old 07-31-2014, 08:45 PM   #1
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Planning a planted Betta tank


Hi guys after looking around the site and building a planted tank for my girlfriends son, I have been inspired to build me a betta tank.

Still looking at plants but goal is to make this a desk tank for my home office.
I will be attempting to skip a heater and pump, (my home has kept water in the above tank for my girlfriends son at 78-79 over the past week as I have been water testing it with no heater). Lighting will be a large desk light with a daylight cfl bulb in it.

So first off the actual tank and my criteria I want it to be minimum of 3 gallons and max of 5. I want something more unusual than just a normal bowl. It doesnt have to be completely out of the norm. I can build a tank but again a square or hexagonal tank isn't that unusual. So anyone got any ideas?

I saw this and thought I found it until I saw the price.

http://www.houzz.com/photos/490357/A...e-modern-vases

I was really looking for a 5 gallon mason jar. I know they make them but I haven't had any luck finding any.

If anyone has any ideas or suggestions I would love to hear them!

Oh and as far aquascaping I really want to do a bonsai style tree with driftwood and moss like I have seen in a lot of other tanks.

Thanks for looking.
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Old 07-31-2014, 09:08 PM   #2
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Have you looked at the Fluval Spec V? I really admire those, can be built to be viewable from both sides, and is great for a betta. 5 gallons. The only problem might be your current light plan, which may not give great coverage for a long tank.
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Old 07-31-2014, 10:04 PM   #3
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Thanks fir the suggestion I actually have a spec v running a reef tank right now.....other than that great idea!
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Old 07-31-2014, 11:10 PM   #4
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Go to goodwill and you'll find a cheap vase like that I'm sure, for like $5 or $10.
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Old 08-01-2014, 12:54 AM   #5
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Go to goodwill and you'll find a cheap vase like that I'm sure, for like $5 or $10.
Good idea I may do that! Thanks fir the idea
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Old 08-02-2014, 01:17 AM   #6
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Old 08-02-2014, 03:20 AM   #7
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that livewithnautre site is a rip off for $ per gallon ratio pricing! you can get a 7g aquatop cube for less the price of their 2.75g cylinder
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Man, I can't stand those wavy 'natural' glass cubes.

I really, really want some tiny cubes around that size little pint-sized tanks, but every merchant everywhere only sells those ones with wavy glass. You can't see clearly into them, they're always created with inconsistencies in size and thickness, etc.

I think some shady businessman ran every other style of "cube glass vase" with square-cut glass off of the market and flooded it with those things.

Gibs, the closest I found were these 1 gallon glass jars: http://www.freshwatersystems.com/p-8...astic-lid.aspx

From what you asked, probably too small for you. I got a few and they're pretty nice, though it can be hard to see around the edges of them because of the curved glass. I mostly just use 'em for temporary housing, quarantine, or holding RO water.
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I'm looking for something similar myself.

This 2.5 gallon jar is the largest I've been able to find on Amazon, so far...
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Might look at Picotope, Dr's Foster & Smith. Ordered one for a betta set-up for my grand daughter, has a little hob filter that is very quiet and not too vigorous.
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They're not hard to see through. True the corners are thinner than the sides but that's cause it's hand made. I like it.
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that livewithnautre site is a rip off for $ per gallon ratio pricing! you can get a 7g aquatop cube for less the price of their 2.75g cylinder

I agree with you. Had a hard time spending that much on a small tank but I really wanted a silicone free tank (round corners)
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They're not hard to see through. True the corners are thinner than the sides but that's cause it's hand made. I like it.
Hmm... maybe it's just how they look without water in it, but that style always seems pretty hard to see into when I check them out in person (in crafts stores, etc). Next time there's a sale at Michael's maybe I'll check out one.
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Old 08-03-2014, 07:59 PM   #14
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Dose anyone know of a "perfect" aka machine made silicone free cube?
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