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The Betta Crypt - 10gal low tech - 8/9 finally got a betta! (super red HMPK)

Since my old 10gal started leaking and bit the dust several months back, I'm finally just now getting around to setting up a new one to replace it. Here's a few pics of the old tank, RIP!






I'm going to use the same inspiration pictures of Thai jungle streams:







The main thing I'm taking from these pics is the rocky stream and overhanging jungle- which will be assorted Crypts. I'm also going to try clumps of Lilaeopsis mauritiana mixed around in the rocks for a grassy look.

Here's the setup:

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I've rinsed the sand and started the initial rock arrangement. I'm waiting now for things to settle and then I'll play around with the rocks a bit more and then start the planting with some Crypts.





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looking forward to seeing this,your other tanks are beautiful
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Thanks, Sandie!

I've ordered some assorted Crypts for the tank, including some C. parva, and also I'm going to try clumps of Lilaeopsis mauritiana in between the rocks like in the first inspiration picture.

I went ahead and ordered from www.SweetAquatics.com so I could get a few pots of C. parva.





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Here's the initial layout. I need to make the "river" a bit smaller and leave some more room for planting, though.







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I like the pyramid look of the rocks, but I agree more room for plants. Can't wait to see this tank unfold
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Tiny bit of progress.

I'm waiting for the plant order from www.SweetAquatics.com to come in now to finish it out.

I should probably go ahead and get the filter set up though, now that I think about it... lol







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Still haven't put the filter on the tank... the plan right now is the same XP1 I had on there before. I'm a bit worried it may be too much flow for a fancy betta, though... I'll see once I get to that point.

Got the email that my Sweet Aquatics order shipped out today.





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The plan right now is the same XP1 I had on there before. I'm a bit worried it may be too much flow for a fancy betta, though... I'll see once I get to that point.
Considering that Betta's don't need filter seems it would be easier to not use a filter. If it is for the plants you want a filter a powerhead by Zoo Med would work for they make one that you can adjust the flow.
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The long-finned fancy bettas don't like alot of flow, but they'll benefit from a filtered tank just as much as any other fish...

I'm going to try the XP1 and see how it works. I really dislike powerheads, I like keeping as much equipment out of the tank as possible. I'll probably go with a Tom Rapids canister or a small HOB if the XP1 is too much.





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The Sweet Aquatics order came in today as expected. The Crypts don't look as nice as they did the first time I ordered from them, but they'll work. The L. mauritiana looks nice (I think I should have stuck with only one pot instead of two LOL), the C. parva is OK, plus I got 2 pots each of C. wendtii 'red' and C. undulata.

I'm waiting for a package to come in from another hobbyist before finishing the planting. This package has some more unusual Crypt species, and I want to wait and see what they look like before I decide which crypts are going in this tank vs. my 46gal.

I've got some Hygro angustifolia I may stick in the back corner... not sure yet on that one.

I've also noticed that my light fixture has developed a rather annoying hum. I may replace it. I've got a glass canopy for this tank lying around somewhere... I might try and put the fixture directly on top of that rather than using the hood setup, this might get more light to the front of the tank.





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I've noticed that my light fixture has developed a rather annoying hum. I may replace it.
I wonder if that could be the ballast? For I had heard the hum noise from a fluorescent light in a kitchen in an apartment I rented years ago. I think they fixed it with a unit. If so replacing it would probably be cheaper and quicker than buying a new light system.
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It might be a few dollars cheaper, but I'm not comfortable with electrical DIY, so if I replace it I'll just get a new fixture. I imagine the difference won't be more than $10.





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It might be a few dollars cheaper, but I'm not comfortable with electrical DIY, so if I replace it I'll just get a new fixture. I imagine the difference won't be more than $10.
I think they replaced the unit like replacing a light bulb. Have noticed some light fixtures, in a pet store, have the ballast in an easy to reach place.
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The Sweet Aquatics order came in today as expected. The Crypts don't look as nice as they did the first time I ordered from them, but they'll work. The L. mauritiana looks nice (I think I should have stuck with only one pot instead of two LOL), the C. parva is OK, plus I got 2 pots each of C. wendtii 'red' and C. undulata.

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I've also noticed that my light fixture has developed a rather annoying hum. I may replace it. I've got a glass canopy for this tank lying around somewhere... I might try and put the fixture directly on top of that rather than using the hood setup, this might get more light to the front of the tank.
Time to upgrade to MH for this tank then. Can't wait to see it planted.

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Looking good can't wait to see more pictures

What are the crypts you got in the first picture? they look awesome...


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