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Old 08-08-2013, 10:15 PM   #1
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On Impulse: Bedroom Betta Box


So I went to a big-box pet store today.

Mistake #1.

And I looked at the fish aisle.

Mistake #2.

I also happened to spot a betta I have seen there before. This betta is a color I honestly have never seen before or since. He is a soft orange color (like a melon) with a hint of blue surrounding some scales.

Mistake #3.

After much deliberation, I finally bit the bullet on the Aqueon 4. I always have liked the idea of all-in-one tanks. It happened also to be on sale. Lucky me. At this point in my life (as a broke graduate student) indulging my love of little cubes is going to be a heck of a lot cheaper than setting up a larger tank. It also helps that pretty well all of the fish that I like (mainly teensy things) could happily make this a home. Seeing as I live next to a river and have another small tank, scaping this bad boy was free!!!!

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Old 08-09-2013, 12:41 AM   #2
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So far, I rather like this tank. It is pretty quiet, and so long as you tie some pantyhose or filter sock on the output the flow isn't too much. If you don't, the flow would probably work for saltwater! I can't imagine the lights are very good on this sucker, but I don't plan to grow anything light-intensive. It will do for my purposes.

Hardscape about to go in


All planted, betta in waiting


Ahh, much better than that tiny cup, huh?


Also, I should probably add that I placed two good sized sponges (that were in my other tank for months) in the filter compartment to seed/create this tank's biofiltration. So far he seems to enjoy the new house. I may or may not add a heater to this tank. Like my other cube, it wants to stay around 76-78 degrees without one.

**And now the pictures aren't tiny!**

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Old 08-10-2013, 02:04 AM   #3
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Well, it is official. I utterly loathe the driftwood. Well, one piece of it. I have got to go hunting for better driftwood or break down and buy a pretty piece (like what is in my frog tank). Any advice is appreciated.
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Old 08-10-2013, 02:24 AM   #4
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The other cube (which currently looks like a hot mess with sweet driftwood in it)



Mmmm the lovely brown mulm that comes out of this pre-filter sponge should certainly guarantee that I have a biofilter.

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Old 08-10-2013, 02:40 AM   #5
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Alot of your pics aren't showing for me.
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Old 08-10-2013, 02:43 AM   #6
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Hmmm, not sure why. I will see if I can fix it.
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Old 08-10-2013, 07:00 AM   #7
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i see it! first one looks great! just clean up the second one!
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Old 08-10-2013, 08:29 AM   #8
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I actually cleaned up the first cube a little while after taking that picture. It was just bugging me! I am going to try the rotala sp. in the betta tank to see if it cooperates (unlikely, probably don't have enough light).

To be added: heater! My place is pretty warm in the summer (tank right now floats between 76-78 degrees) which is really just a bit too cool for a betta.
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Looks great, but I don't trust the folding snack table.
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Old 08-10-2013, 11:52 AM   #10
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Great tank and beautiful betta. Isn't this hobby a vacuum on the wallet?
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Old 08-10-2013, 02:58 PM   #11
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Looks great, but I don't trust the folding snack table.
I wasn't sure about it at first, but the tank is suprisingly rock solid and level. The weight of the tank makes the table bite into the carpet and thus it doesn't move. It also helps that the table is solid wood and the tank itself is maybe 30 pounds. It is being used with caution!

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Great tank and beautiful betta. Isn't this hobby a vacuum on the wallet?
Unfortunately, yes! Luckily this one has been very cheap to set up (comparatively!) and having a small tank prevents me from looking at "bigger fish" that could use "more space"... You know how it goes...
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Is there a reason why you have that huge thermometer right in the front instead of the sides? Are you expecting big temperature swings?




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Is there a reason why you have that huge thermometer right in the front instead of the sides? Are you expecting big temperature swings?
Ease of readings . I don't have a heater yet and I wanted to easily keep an eye on temperature. It hovers around 78 so I should be good until my heater arrives in a few days.
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Woohoo! I found less ugly driftwood. Will boil/soak and post pictures soon.
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Old 08-12-2013, 10:33 PM   #15
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Default A Tale of Two Snails

Oh nerite snails, how I love them. Dutiful, clean detrivores. They don't breed like rabbits (causing the Snailmageddon) or foul up the water (I'm looking at you, apple snails). They are virtually un-killable so long as you keep them wet and wouldn't think to munch on live plants. These glorious, pretty little snails should be everywhere for sale.....right?

Oh you would think. But you would be wrong.

It may have to do with my location, but there is a complete dearth of local fish stores. There are maybe 2 within an hour that are good. The one I visited today was much closer to my residence. They were on the small side, but had a very nice selection of livestock. What dry goods they did carry were quality and decently priced. They also happened to have nerites.

True, they weren't necesarily cheap (3.99 a pop, but better than the crappier store selling them for 4.99!) but I had to have them.

And so now I have two.

On another note, my plants are noooot happy. The frog tank is trying to kill a java fern. The main event betta tank isn't looking too happy either. As of right now I haven't been dosing or using root tabs, but the root tabs in the mail (and a better temperature light for the frogs) hopefully will help. Any tips are appreciated too.

Do I get an award for messing up with java fern and anarchis?
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