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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-08-2018, 04:09 AM Thread Starter
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Haus of Betta

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I picked up a used Fluval Chi 2 - 5 Gallon for $50 along with a bunch of extras (submersible LED strip, 50W preset heater, a piece of what looks like manzanita wood, fluval rocks, glosso root tabs, freeze dried bloodworms). I definitely should have snagged the other Chi they had as well but I'm trying to nurse my addiction slowly haha.. It had previously held a kid's betta and sat empty for 3 weeks. I washed every component with diluted vinegar, and rinsed the devil out of the filter media and the substrate (they had a mix of pool filter sand and CaribSea that I wanted to try planting in).
I spent a few nights planting and scaping a bit after work, but finally got it running yesterday. I put in some Stability and Tropica Specialized liquid ferts as well. Here's the settled water today:


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I have Java Fern all over the wood, anchored an Anubis nana to a rock, and plunked some Dwarf Sagittaria into the sand all around the center. Hoping the extra LED strip light will be enough to keep them up, but will likely find something that isn't so blue. Overall I think it cleaned up nicely.

I picked up a juvenile betta far too early, and he's been living in a vase for the past week with 50% WC every 2 days and movement from beneath a desk lamp all day to beside a furnace vent overnight in an attempt to keep the temp stable for him. He gets bloodworms every other day and a couple small pellets of NLS Betta for usual meals. Hopefully I can move him soon. Eventually I'll get a nerite snail to be his BFF.



What a cutie!
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Honestly I don't see the difference in keeping him in a vase and an uncycled tank. At least the 5 gallon tank will give more water volume so any ammonia issues will be more dilute and since there's a heater the temps will be stable. I'd still keep up with the water changes though until you know that the tank is cycled which may take a long time with the frequent water changes but it will come along. If you have other tanks as it sounds like you do, steal some media from those tanks and use in the new tank and you should pretty much be in the clear with an "insta-cycle". At least to the point that the filter will handle what ammonia the betta will produce.
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At least the 5 gallon tank will give more water volume so any ammonia issues will be more dilute and since there's a heater the temps will be stable. I'd still keep up with the water changes though until you know that the tank is cycled which may take a long time with the frequent water changes but it will come along.
Thanks, that makes a lot of sense! I'll test and probably move him over tomorrow then. And read about fish-in cycling.

I'm a little concerned about how mirrored the glass is in this tank, and have been researching how to minimize it so he doesn't flare himself crazy. I'm not a fan of patterned backgrounds but that sounds like the plan until the plants take off at least.
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Been a bit! Here's where we're at.
I just gotta say the mix of Caribsea and pool filter sand I'm using from the previous owner is not my favorite. Yes it's easy to plant in but nothing is growing, or if it is, its at a snails pace. I've got these glosso root tabs that came with the tank (I think are just Osmocote in gel capsules) and when I try to stick them in under the plants they end up either popping on the way in or just break down and float all the contents to the surface of the sand. I'm also using half dose of Tropica Specialised ferts weekly. I'm thinking the exploded tabs are causing my problems...

I had a nerite snail in here about a week before it stopped moving, then finally fell off the glass one morning and was toast. I do water changes 2 times a week, so I don't think build-up is the problem. My only other guess is the photo period - I work 10-12 hour days. Guess I'll be buying a timer.

About a week ago I noticed yellowing on my Anubias nana, just one leaf, so thought it might be the photo period/deficiency of something. Then just yesterday I was unable to come home for 16 hours. During that time my plants in the center of the tank, Anubias nana, java fern, dwarf sag, all directly under the teeny LED light in the filter, turned black.

I panicked and thought it was the dreaded BBA brought in with some Limnophila sessiliflora I recently added. Then when I was trimming during the water change I noticed there was no fuzz, no slime, nothing to scrape off the leaves. They're translucent but still strong.
I was silly and didn't test parameters til after the WC. pH hovers around 7.2, ammonia is <0.1ppm, nitrites 0, nitrates <5ppm.



Anybody have any idea what this might be from? I trimmed all the affected leaves and started dosing excel again. Here's a poopy cellphone FTS - you can see the gap in the middle where I tore up all the dead stuff.


PS - Betta's doing great
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