Fluval Spec 2g Betta Paradise
Planted Tank Forums
Your Tanks Image Hosting *Tank Tracker * Plant Profiles Fish Profiles Planted Tank Guide Photo Gallery Articles

Go Back   The Planted Tank Forum > General Planted Tank Forums > Tank Journals


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-30-2014, 01:20 AM   #1
kman
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
kman's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 826
Default

Fluval Spec 2g Betta Paradise


I think it's about time I started a tank journal here.

I'll try to keep a current pic here, and update throughout the thread.

5/30/14:


Older pics from February:



This is my tank at the office (just a little while back; I've made a few changes since this was taken):



It's gone through a number of contortions to get where it is today, but I'll try to recap.

Here's the current lineup:

Hardware:
Tank:
Fluval Spec Aquarium (2 gal) Fluval Spec Aquarium (2 gal)

Lighting:
Stock LED

Filtration:
Stock filter (output throttled down via small sponge piece in outflow sprayer)

Heating:
Cobalt NeoTherm 25w adjustable heater (78 degrees... just barely fits in the back compartment!)
Thermometer (liquid strip) Thermometer (liquid strip)

Substrate:
CaribSea Eco-Complete CaribSea Eco-Complete

Decor:
Slate "terrace" divider
Small red rock, stratified
Manzanita branch

Flora:
Dwarf Hair Grass (Eleocharis acicularis) (front right)
Anubias Nana (Anubias barteri v. 'Nana') (back right)
Crypt Parva (Cryptocoryne parva) (front left)
Java Fern "Narrow Leaf" (Microsorium pteropus) (back left)
Duckweed (Lemna minor) (floating)

Fauna:
Dragonscale Crowntail Betta fish (Betta splendens)
Zebra Nerite Snail (Neritina natalensis)
Red-spotted Nerite Snail (Neritina natalensis)

Ferts:
Flourish Excel
Osmocote+ capsule

HISTORY:

I started out with the Eco Complete from the beginning. If I re-do the tank at some point, I want to switch to Activ-Flora, which is darker (and ALL black), smaller and denser, so it seems like it holds roots a little better.

The Manzanita is new, as I started off with a small piece of Mopani (from PetCo), which moved to my other tank when I got the Manzanita branch from a local guy here on TPT, which I prefer.

I started off with the Java fern, funny enough, but got rid of it because at the time it was just barely visible behind the relatively large Mopani wood I had in the tank, so I moved it to my other tank (the same one the wood later went to). Once I got the more slender Manzanita, the back corner seemed empty again, so I picked up another Java Fern fro the same spot, along with a little piece of volcanic rock to tie it to.

The other three plants (DHG, Anubias and Crypt) have been here since I started the tank.

I only recently started added Excel, I hope that helps my Crypt a bit, which seems to be struggling a bit for some reason.

Originally, I had different fauna while I was starting the tank off, and before I got my Betta, Smaug. I started off with just a Golden Mystery snail along with one Zebra Nerite snail, but the GMS just seemed a little too big for the tank, so I swapped him into my bigger tank, and took another Nerite (the red spotted nerite) in exchange. I also had a couple of Neon Tetras to help with cycling the tank, but they all lived, and later I got tired of my pig of a betta eating all their food before it could float down to them. (resulting him being overfed, and them being underfed!) Back to the bigger tank they went! Finally, I had a few Ghost Shrimp in there just for fun. I'm not sure exactly what happened, either the Betta got annoyed and decided to eat one of them, or it died another way. We had a major heat wave at the time, coinciding with a holiday plus me being sick, so I was out of the office for a few days. I know it was REALLY hot in our suite over the weekend, with the AC off for the holidays and no one working after hours (which usually is the case). The betta was fine with the higher temps, but the shrimp didn't fare as well, and they all died. C'est la vie. I MAY try out a couple of ghost shrimp again at some point, or I may leave well enough alone. Haven't decided yet.

Here's a photo from the earlier days of the tank, with the original driftwood and inhabitants. (funny how little duckweed there is!)



I think that brings us current. The tank seems to be doing nicely, overall, although again the Crypt could look a little healthier. I've had to remove duckweed twice, which was getting so thick it was blocking the light. Fortunately I have a secretary with large hungry goldfish at home, and they love the duckweed as a tasty healthy treat, so win-win! I trimmed the DHG once, and it's looking a little wild so I might trim it again soon. Here's hoping things stay nice and stable!

Last edited by kman; 06-17-2014 at 07:09 PM.. Reason: add older photo
kman is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 01-30-2014, 01:25 AM   #2
kman
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
kman's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 826
Default

Oh, forgot this from 2 days ago!

I found a neat app that does time lapse videos with my iPhone, and set things up for a "quick" 30 minute video.

Normally I hate vertical videos, but it was appropriate to the form factor of my little Spec tank.

So without further ado, here is 30 minutes in the daily life of Smaug the Betta in his mini-paradise! (in 30 seconds)

kman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-2014, 01:46 AM   #3
AquaKai
Planted Member
 
AquaKai's Avatar
 
PTrader: (2/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Ohio, USA
Posts: 158
Default

It looks great! I can't wait to see how this evolves
__________________
"Believe you can, and you're half way there."
~Theodore Roosevelt
AquaKai is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-2014, 01:54 AM   #4
kman
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
kman's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 826
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by AquaKai View Post
It looks great! I can't wait to see how this evolves
Thanks!

Just added a shot of the earlier tank config to the OP. I'm quite happy with the progression so far.
kman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-2014, 02:03 AM   #5
Oto Guy
Algae Grower
 
Oto Guy's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Utah
Posts: 112
Default

That video was so cool. The tank looked great.
Oto Guy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2014, 07:12 PM   #6
kman
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
kman's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 826
Default

Quick update:

Brought back some Ghost Shrimp, who seem to be doing fine for the past couple weeks. Duckweed continues to try to take over the top every week, but I just scoop out the excess weekly during water changes and send it home with my secretary, who feeds it to her goldfish as a tasty treat. Win-win!

Otherwise, no news to report. Tank is doing great!
__________________
kman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2014, 07:38 PM   #7
AGUILAR3
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
AGUILAR3's Avatar
 
PTrader: (3/100%)
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Los Angeles 626
Posts: 970
Default

How did you introduce your shrimp to the betta tank?
AGUILAR3 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2014, 10:03 PM   #8
kman
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
kman's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 826
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by AGUILAR3 View Post
How did you introduce your shrimp to the betta tank?
Same as any fish: Float to match the water temp, then slowly drip-add tank water to the bag to acclimate the water type.
__________________
kman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2014, 07:07 PM   #9
kman
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
kman's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 826
Default

Wow, long time no updates! Sorry, folks. This tank is really stable, though, so no drastic changes. The slow changes may be a little more shocking, however, given how long its been since I updated.



The Flora and Fauna inventory is exactly the same as post one: Betta and two Nerite snails, and then the DHG, Crypt, Java Fern and Anubias are all still present and doing well (the Crypt Parva seems to be struggling slightly, but is doing fine at the moment). The duckweed reproduces like mad. I had just thinned it out considerably before taking that photo, which i do roughly every 3 weeks. (skim it off, nuke for 5-6 minutes to kill it completely, and then it's safe to dump down the drain or toss in the garden to decompose)

The Java fern is also clearly taking over, so I'll have to thin that out one of these days, but since it still is on this side of attractive, I'll leave it for now.

The biggest change of interest is the Manzanita branch. I expected it to darken from the initial white color (that's normal), but the crazy thing is this: I'm pretty sure the Nerite snails have been EATING it, and have slowly been sanding it down smaller and smaller. The branches have been getting skinnier and skinnier, and some even disappeared after getting thinner than toothpick thin. At this rate, I figure I have a few months more, at best, before I'm going to have to find a new one! ARGH! It took forever to find one this small with such nice form. I've never heard of this before... does anyone else have Nerite snails AND Manzanita branches? Any reports of them eating them down like this?

But otherwise, things are going well. My betta is happy, the Nerites are doing their thing. Including laying eggs, those little white specs. Annoying, but a known thing. I scraped them out once, and clearly I need to do so again. At least it's a slow process.

But yes, overall, I couldn't be happier with this tank. Wonderful addition to my office, everyone likes it, even the boss!
__________________
kman is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 06:23 AM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright Planted Tank LLC 2012