Rescape of 5g Cube Betta Tank - The Planted Tank Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-05-2010, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
Planted Member
 
PTrader: (2/100%)
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 208
Rescape of 5g Cube Betta Tank

I started up a 5 gallon cube a long time ago and it ended up getting really overgrown with algae, so I decided to do a re-scape, remove most of the plants, add some new plants, and start dosing excel. Here are the tank specs:

Tank: 5 gallon Cube
Substrate: EcoComplete
Plants: Needle Leaf Java Fern and Dwarf Hairgrass
Hardscape: Rocks
Fish: Male Betta
pH: 7.5
Filter: AquaClear 20
CO2: Excel
Lighting: 24 Watt Compact Fluorescent

Here is a couple pictures of the tank so far. I still have some algae that I am trying to get rid of. I am currently leaving the lights on for just 6 hours daily. I would appreciate any tips



MissMTS is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-05-2010, 09:54 PM
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
GlassCat594's Avatar
 
PTrader: (2/100%)
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Los Angeles, Ca
Posts: 383
nice betta
GlassCat594 is offline  
post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-05-2010, 10:00 PM
Planted Member
 
Heatherdersh's Avatar
 
PTrader: (7/100%)
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Owensboro, KY
Posts: 189
That Betta is beautiful!

Looks nice, can't wait to see that dhg grow in!


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
(dismantled and replaced)
Heatherdersh is offline  
 
post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-06-2010, 12:29 AM
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: kc
Posts: 116
That is a nice betta. For the algae, try adding a rest period of a few hours of no light in the middle of the 6 hours. Plants are able to switch from light to no light more easily than algae so you still give the same amount total, but the algae doesn't benefit as much.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
dacrax07 is offline  
post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-06-2010, 04:16 AM Thread Starter
Planted Member
 
PTrader: (2/100%)
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 208
Thanks guys That betta is my favorite (I have several). I have a friend who is a breeder so I am fortunate have access to great bettas.

Quote:
Originally Posted by dacrax07 View Post
That is a nice betta. For the algae, try adding a rest period of a few hours of no light in the middle of the 6 hours. Plants are able to switch from light to no light more easily than algae so you still give the same amount total, but the algae doesn't benefit as much.
Thanks for the tip. I didn't know that. Tomorrow I'll start trying that out and see how it goes
MissMTS is offline  
post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-06-2010, 04:19 AM
Banned
 
PTrader: (43/100%)
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: ravenna ohio
Posts: 3,411
i love that betta!!! i want a dragon one bad!


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cardinal Tetra View Post
I sell plants but not green thumbs, sorry.
problemman is offline  
post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-06-2010, 05:18 AM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
AlexXx's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Boca Raton, Fl
Posts: 566
Thats not a dragon, but a beautiful butterfly

I am starting to fall out of betta keeping, i just had way to many all at once, unfortunatly many died, for unknown reasons. The most fun i had with bettas though was my sorority tank.

I love yours though!
AlexXx is offline  
post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-15-2010, 04:12 AM Thread Starter
Planted Member
 
PTrader: (2/100%)
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 208
Update:

Well the algae is pretty much gone I moved my betta to a large 3 gallon vase because the current from the filter was a little too much for him. I added a trio of 3 Platinum Tiger Endler's Livebearers yesterday. They are really unique and add a lot of activity to the tank. I also added a snail... not sure of the type, so hopefully once a take a pic someone can help me get an id on it.

The hair grass is not growing very much at all. I'm not sure if its typically a slow growing plant, but I've had mine in the tank for a while and it seems to be taking forever to grow in. I started dosing with Flourish this week so maybe that will help. Any tips are appreciated
MissMTS is offline  
post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-15-2010, 10:59 PM
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: kc
Posts: 116
So the technique worked? If so, cool.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
dacrax07 is offline  
post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-16-2010, 12:28 AM Thread Starter
Planted Member
 
PTrader: (2/100%)
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 208
Quote:
Originally Posted by dacrax07 View Post
So the technique worked? If so, cool.
Yup, it seems to have worked great Thanks so much for the tip.

Here are a few updated pics I took today. My needle leaf java fern is putting out what I think are baby plants off of the leaves. I posted a pic so that someone can confirm this.









MissMTS is offline  
Reply

Tags
None

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may 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
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome