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Old 12-29-2014, 11:11 PM   #1
CourtneyG
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5gal Idea help


Well I am looking to do a low tech, as in no filter and a LED bulb as the light. I have plants from my two main aquariums that I want to use in the tank, the two species I want to use are low light and hardy plants, might take a minute to find their species names again, ones common name is Narrow Leaf Green Temple. I want to put a Betta in this tank since the one I have him in currently sucks. I want some ideas at to what substrate I could use that is cheap, I have blue gravel but I would like something more natural looking and I guess any thing else I could use to make it look aesthetically pleasing.
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Old 12-29-2014, 11:23 PM   #2
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I also have a tall 3.5 gal I could use, also no filter and the led would have to sit on top of a mesh lid.
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Old 12-30-2014, 05:32 AM   #3
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Use the 5gal for your betta. More room to swim. As for substrate, I really like black sand. Brings out the colors of the plants and fish.
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Old 12-30-2014, 09:41 PM   #4
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Black diamond blasting sand. Few other brands available. Either way, black blasting sand.
50lbs for $5-7.00 at northern tool, lowes, some Ace, Tractor supply, etc...
rinse well, up close its brownish but from 1ft away its black. Lots of others use it here but if planting into the substrate, i would mix some regular gravel in with it to allow better root movement and less chance of anerobic bacteria to form.
I have this in a 5.5 gal with a betta but it's filtered with a tiny hob and a 20 gal anubias tank.
Good luck
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Old 12-31-2014, 11:15 PM   #5
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Here is the end result
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