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Old 01-17-2011, 07:58 PM   #16
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Buying one of the ones that goes on the back seems the best option to me. They're all double sided, and usually at least one of them will be a simply solid black or dark blue. I skipped this step too, and now have to figure out how to deal with it.
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Old 01-17-2011, 08:08 PM   #17
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how would i attach the background? tape?
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Old 01-17-2011, 10:07 PM   #18
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They sell a special fixative for it (note: I have never put a background on tank).
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Old 01-18-2011, 01:23 AM   #19
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Subsribed! Can't wait to see a Betta in there!
For a background you could take a piece of dark (dark blue, green, brown, or black) coroplast behind the tank and secure it with a matching colored tape or use silicon on the edges so water can't get in.
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Old 01-18-2011, 01:43 AM   #20
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coroplast? whats that?

yay i have my first subscriber. hopefully i will find a nice betta tomorrow. too bad i dont have any lfs around, im just going to petco. usually they have some pretty nice stuff though. however, im nbot going to get one if there isn "the one" im content with waiting until i find that perfect betta

is it better to introduce the cardinals before or after the betta? or would it be acceptable at the same time? id like to take advantage of the 99 cent sale
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Old 01-18-2011, 01:48 AM   #21
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also, how many would be a good stock?

i was thinking

1 betta
6 cardinal tetras
3 otos

sound good? or could i have more cardinals?
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Old 01-18-2011, 02:02 AM   #22
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I think that would be good but you could probably get away with a few more tetras depending on your Betta.
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Old 01-18-2011, 02:34 AM   #23
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So like 10?

Anyone know about introduction sequences?


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Old 01-18-2011, 03:34 AM   #24
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Sorry that I missed that first reply, DUH! Hahaha
Coroplast is pretty much just plastic cardboard. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coroplast
It's really cheap, easy to cut, and waterproof.
I use it for making lids and such but it works for backgrounds too.

That's good that you're being picky about your Betta - make sure what you get is what you want! I am no longer that picky really as I have had so many and I know I will have many more, but I'm still rather selective haha.

As for adding the Cardinals and such, I would say get them both at once, here is why; Most people would say add the Cardinals first wait a week or so and add the Betta after. However, because you're going for the Betta as your "main fish" as I've always done (because let's face it they're friggin awesome) I would advise you to get them at the same time; this way you'll be able to return the tetras (at least for store credit) if it doesn't work out. Otherwise you'd have to set up another tank or think of some other solution if the Betta wasn't liking it.
So yeah I would say buy them at the same time, put the cardinals in first (as well as their water) and leave them in for about 15 mins with the Betta in the bag floating in the tank. Make sure you open the bag for the Betta, and turn the lights off.

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As far as shoal size goes, I would say that you could have 8, but honestly I would cut the Ottos though.

AqAdvisor says with 6 Cardinals and a Betta you're 97% stocked.
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Old 01-18-2011, 03:42 AM   #25
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Sorry that I missed that first reply, DUH! Hahaha
Coroplast is pretty much just plastic cardboard. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coroplast
It's really cheap, easy to cut, and waterproof.
I use it for making lids and such but it works for backgrounds too.

That's good that you're being picky about your Betta - make sure what you get is what you want! I am no longer that picky really as I have had so many and I know I will have many more, but I'm still rather selective haha.

As for adding the Cardinals and such, I would say get them both at once, here is why; Most people would say add the Cardinals first wait a week or so and add the Betta after. However, because you're going for the Betta as your "main fish" as I've always done (because let's face it they're friggin awesome) I would advise you to get them at the same time; this way you'll be able to return the tetras (at least for store credit) if it doesn't work out. Otherwise you'd have to set up another tank or think of some other solution if the Betta wasn't liking it.
So yeah I would say buy them at the same time, put the cardinals in first (as well as their water) and leave them in for about 15 mins with the Betta in the bag floating in the tank. Make sure you open the bag for the Betta, and turn the lights off.

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As far as shoal size goes, I would say that you could have 8, but honestly I would cut the Ottos though.

AqAdvisor says with 6 Cardinals and a Betta you're 97% stocked.
I'd like the Otos to help with the algae a bit. Plus I already have one oto.

Maybe I'll get 6 tetras and the otos


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Old 01-18-2011, 03:48 AM   #26
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Yeah you could do that, and set up a little 5 gallon nano for a Betta and some snails.
Or you could cut it down to 4 tetras.
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Old 01-18-2011, 04:40 AM   #27
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you really think it would be overstocked with 2-3 otos, a betta, and 6-tetras? i thought 6 was a minimum number for tetras to be happy. im def getting a betta
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Yeah 6 is supposed to be the min as far as I know though I have seen people keep less, so I'm not sure. I guess that it would be okay but I think it may be pushing it with the Ottos, not sure though. Try Aqua Advisor and see what it says. Maybe go with smaller tetras?

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it said i could do neons, so ill do that! thanks
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No problem.
Yeah Neons are great, that's what I have in with Phantom.
I like Cardinals too but don't have the room. Neons are relatively the same, though.
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