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post #1 of 70 (permalink) Old 08-10-2016, 03:53 PM Thread Starter
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Planted 10g Betta Bunks

Hi! I'm Altheora, a raptor rehabilitator who has recently gotten into fish tanks.

This started out when I decided that I wanted a simple, easy, cheap betta. I set up an unplanted 5g tank, and went shopping. I purchased a betta and named him Rime. I then decided that he needed friends. Well, the 5g wasn't big enough, so...

Long story short, I now have two 10g tanks, two bettas (Rime and Resin), and friends for both!

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First Dirted 10g (bottom bunk)
1" of MGOPM, 1.5" of small black gravel
Finnex 20/7 Planted Plus
Marina S10 HOB filter / heater / circulation pump
Seachem Flourish 0.8ml ~1x/week
Seachem Excel 1ml ~2x/week
Seachem Iron 0.8ml ~1x/week
Seachem Prime PRN
Moderately planted with some doing better than others: Amazon Sword, Wisteria, Java Ferns (narrow- and needle-leaf), Frogbit, Dwarf Hairgrass (I think there's like two blades left), Rotala sp, AR mini (brown but alive), Staurogyne sp purple (currently green), Staurogyne sp green (also green), Ludwigia atlantis.
Two Corydoras paleatus (To be moved to Devil's Triangle soon), three Otos, and a betta

Devil's Triangle (top bunk), 10g
1-1.5" BDBS
API root tabs x6
Two 6500k CFLs
Marina S10 HOB filter / heater
Seachem Prime PRN
Hygro. willow, Staurogyne sp. purple, Microsorum red, Blyxa Japonica, Giant baby tears, Rotala rotundifolia unknown type, Limnophila sp. butterfly, Microsorum Thors hammer, Myrio mini (Myriophyllum mattogrossense), Anubia gold, Microsorium needle leaf, Micro sword, Staurogyne Porto Velho, Rotala mini, Subwassrtang, Lobelia cardinalis, Pancuragi moss, Dwarf hairgrass (from petsmart), one large purple silk plant as a distraction for the betta.
Two Corydoras paleatus, one betta


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Imo, the cheapest (while still being effective) way to light a tank is with 6500k cfls. On a 10 gallon I would use two 13 watt bulbs. You could put them in those brooder/clamp lights they have at walmart for around $8 or a desk lamp if you have any laying around.


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I second the cfl/brooder combination. I have a 5.5g betta tank with one that's doing pretty well so far and I'll be setting up a 40b with 3 eventually.

I don't know what your final stocking plan is but something to keep in mind, corys like to be in groups. Once cycled, you may want to consider adding a few more, or if you're looking to add some other fish as well the dwarf cory might be an option.
From what i have read:
C. habrosus acts much like a normal cory, spending a lot of time on the bottom
C. pygmaeus and C. hastatus are more active in the mid level

As to the driftwood, I never did experience any Ph changes when adding mine, but just keep an eye on it, and eventually it should stabilize.
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Thanks, @lotsalotls! I will look into that. That sounds much more economical than the things I was looking at. They're the spiral type, yes?

@xpix3lx I'll definitely be getting more corys once the tank's cycled. Have no fear.

I just cheated and checked the pH of the water the driftwood's been sitting in for ~12 hours. 6.2. ...I think I'll keep soaking it a few days. Hopefully I'll get a chance to boil it for hours on end, but I keep getting called in to work on my days off. I won't have a day off until next Thursday. Ergh.
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Annnd my heater died last night. Everything and everyone's still miraculously alive, but temp's way down. I'll be getting a new heater today.

So far, my tank has been up for three weeks and I'm on my third filter, second heater (getting today), second stand (owned, just needs spray paint), and I need a second light system... while planning an expensive third on down the road. This is silly.

The new stand is because my first filter leached water out for 18 hours onto the wooden (sturdy) bedside table it's currently on. The next filter literally and randomly cracked open while running, so I no longer trust the table. I have had many adventures with this new tank already!
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No new heater today. Things happened, and the store I managed to get to didn't have a heater with adjustable settings. I'll drive further out after work tomorrow to a bigger place.

Plants are pretty static. Fish are doing fine. Still no upgraded lights. Ammonia is down even further. Nitrites/Nitrates are both still up. We'll get there!
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Talk about a string of bad luck... Hopefully you get it all out the way early and things can proceed smoothly.


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New light and new heater!

Long story short, I got a different light than you guys suggested. Using the cfls would have required me either driving to a different town or ordering them online. I stumbled across a Floramax 18" for $11 and went with that, since it fits my hood. It looks WAY brighter!

I also snagged an adjustable heater, which I'm slowly warming the tank back up with. Poor corys!

The tank is so much brighter. I'll still probably be upgrading to a Finnex in a few months, but man, this is lovely for now. My struggling plants needed it badly.

I bought a couple of the 6500k cfls with an intermediate base that were on sale. If I find a cheap intermediate-based lamp at some point, I may add that on to my 5g and toss some plants in there.

Hang in there, sad brown dwarf hairgrass!
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It always starts with a Betta and then you have MTS (multiple rank syndrome). Be careful. Starting a new tank means that you have an old tank that... Looks really sad without a Betta in it. Yup. Vicious cycle.
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...And I keep looking at the bettas every time I enter a pet store.

Bad. XD
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...And I keep looking at the bettas every time I enter a pet store.

Bad. XD
I know what day new ones come into the LFS. Very, very bad.
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My LFS has a pretty sad collection of bettas, so I'm really just stuck with Petco... though one of the Petcos in my area has really nice bettas.

I also have a really, REALLY bad habit of checking Aquabid.

Help me.
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The tank's pH is down to 6.5 without driftwood, but then, the bucket housing the driftwood is 6.5, too. I'm still nervous, but I'll went ahead and added one piece. My plants are, overall, on the downswing. Hopefully yesterday's light will help rescue them.

I'll knock down that "gravestone" rock in the center of the tank when I'm in there next. I must've flipped him up while I was rearranging. Whoops! Otherwise, slight improvement from my starting picture, I think.

Also, cory cameo!

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The tank's pH is down to 6.5 without driftwood, but then, the bucket housing the driftwood is 6.5, too. I'm still nervous, but I'll went ahead and added one piece. My plants are, overall, on the downswing. Hopefully yesterday's light will help rescue them.

I'll knock down that "gravestone" rock in the center of the tank when I'm in there next. I must've flipped him up while I was rearranging. Whoops! Otherwise, slight improvement from my starting picture, I think.

Also, cory cameo!

I love the wood. It makes a natural cave. Halfmoon Bettas love caves.
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Hmm. So this is awkward. My nitrate levels are dropping.

Ammonia is nearly done--hanging out at 0.10.
Nitrites are staying peaked at 5.0+

Nitrates:
8/10: 5
8/12: 10
8/14: 7.5
8/15: 5.0

I did get the new light on 8/13. Could the plants have just taken off and started using up the nitrates that swiftly?
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