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Old 03-13-2013, 08:31 PM   #1
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1g betta bowl build


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So, Im in the process of getting back into the hobby after a long break. Im in the process of setting up a 20 long high tech tank. While shopping supplies, my son who's 7 purchased a betta (with his own money)!



quite a handsome fish...

just getting back into planted tanks, i decided to make his bowl planted as well

we are lighting the bowl with a standard desk lamp lit with a 15w 6500k cfl bulb


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Old 03-13-2013, 08:42 PM   #2
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so i dirted the bottom of the bowl with mgopm and capped with floramax and let the bowl sit for 24 hours. the next day it was pretty clear but had just a hint of cloudiness



decided to do a wc to improve the clarity and stupid me used the full size syphon

im sure you vets see where this one is heading...

half way drained, lost pressure and the spill back turned the dirt and gravel into a complete disaster.

drained completely, re-dirted, recapped

omg im an idiot

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Old 03-13-2013, 08:45 PM   #3
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Haha...lucky it is just a 1 gallon tank
What plants are you planning to put in?
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:51 PM   #4
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2 days after the backwashing incident things are back on schedule

fish and plants in the water, though i have lost a bit of clarity everything seems happy



ive added few crypts, anubias nana, and they threw in a small java fern

i have planned a waterchange for tonight, this time with airline tubing....
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Old 03-14-2013, 04:51 PM   #5
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used the airline tubing and did a wc yesterday

this morning things are nice and clear



furthermore i found what appears to be snail eggs, can anyone confirm this?



if they are snail eggs, im going to let them do what they will in the bowl, my kids are very interested to see if they hatch

im looking for a nice branch and some moss and once i have those, im going to let the bowl run and see where it goes

any recommendations on how long i should set the timer for the lights? you can see by the first picture the lamp is super close to the bowl, and here are the bulb specs

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Old 03-14-2013, 06:13 PM   #6
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Look very nice!!!
Im pretty sure those are snails eggs.
You can let the light on for 6-7 hour a day, divide it in 2 periods
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:25 PM   #7
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Those are definitely snail eggs. My betta eats them once they hatch before the shell gets hard
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:31 PM   #8
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I can't see the pics.
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Old 03-15-2013, 04:01 AM   #9
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Oddly enough the snail eggs are gone already so either they hatched or the betta has made a meal out of em...

Glad I took the pic when I did!

Not sure why you can't see the pics, I hosted them on image shack
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my betta eats the snails also sometimes he eats a big one and i have no idea how he fits it in his mouth but even more i wonder how they came out of him if you know what i mean I just put together a similar setup tonight so I will be checking back for some tips
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Old 03-15-2013, 05:05 AM   #11
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Nice bowl! But u may want to cycle it before u put fish in. Or add fast growing plant or some of the cycling bacteria in a bottle
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I was wondering how cycling worked in a bowl I just assumed frequent water changes was all you could do with no filtration. would the substrate still act as a biological media with no flow?
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Old 03-15-2013, 11:51 AM   #13
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Bettas need a heater, and a water temp of 76-80. The smallest one I have found us the Archaea mini. Beautiful fish!
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I haven't cycled the tank very well but have been doing a partial wc every two days. As far as the heater, the bowl temp is 72-74 maybe need to invest in small heater thanks for the tips
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Old 03-21-2013, 03:06 AM   #15
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so i located and purchased some dwarf hair grass at a lfs today. here's a few shots from an hour after planting. i did lose a lot of my clarity moving the crypts, anubias, and sword to the background to make room for my new plants.





my betta is happier then a pig in mud right now and is in and out of the new grass like a mad man, but there are a few things that im struggling with...

- the bowl had been at 72-73 pretty consistent and know it has been recommended to keep them at 75-78? do i add a heater for a few degrees? if so then whats the smallest cheap heater that might work? i dont wanna spend 30$ for two stinking degrees

-the crypts came with some brownish algae on them and hope that goes away or should i manually take it off?

-the most noticeable growth so far has been from the sword, it was flat and dark when i first brought it home but now is standing straight up and its color is coming back. this was a plant the lfs threw in for free and i wonder if it will eventually crowd everything else?

- in the first photo you can see i have my bulb close to the water and bowl and am running it 4 hours on, 2 hours off, and 3 more hours on a day. 7 hours broken apart that close to the bowl, am i asking for algae?

- where did the snail eggs go, were they hatched or eaten? not sure but i would like to add some snails to the bowl as well. are the simple brown shelled snails that sometimes turn up in the plant tanks at the lfs good to add? i havent come across anything fancier yet and would like to add some snails?
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