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d2's UNS 30c Betta Build

Was about to jump head first into the world of hi-tech planted tanks (coming from over a decade in Reef tanks) but the new Waterbox Clear Pro I plan on using won't be shipping for a few months so in the interim... I decided to set up a little Betta tank.

So here we go!

Picked up a UNS 30c from ADG in Houston, along with some river stones and a few sticks.



I don't plan on much as far as plants... some moss and one or two other things in the stones and on the wood.
Don't really plan on anything in the substrate so picked up some Eco-Complete just for the reddish coloring.
For a filter I'm just using one of those little corner foam filters with this nifty little air pump. Totally silent and sticks to the back glass!
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And for lighting I got the ONF Flat Nano. I wanted something that had some dimming capability.





Next I have plans to build a white box behind the tank to hide the wires/equipment and give me a clean white background.

Yesterday I picked up the Betta from an importer here in town... a Nemo Galaxy Koi.
He hasn't taken to the new life spectrum betta pellets yet, but it's still early.
Will pick up some dried blood worms tomorrow and see if he likes those.
I believe that's what the importer was feeding him.









That's as far as I got this week.
Will update once I stick some plants in there.
Right now I'm using tap water, but will probably switch to RO and remineralize soon.
I have the RO/DI and storage tanks from my saltwater setup. And I plan on trying a few shrimp in there as well.
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I think this is tops. My one thing, and I completely understand why, but the heater is a distraction.
I am curious, has anyone ever tried a reptile heater and placed it under the tank?
Can you get away with the room temperature?


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I think this is tops. My one thing, and I completely understand why, but the heater is a distraction.
I am curious, has anyone ever tried a reptile heater and placed it under the tank?
Can you get away with the room temperature?
Thanks!
And yeah, i totally agree. I can't avoid having a heater since its a betta and they prefer a warmer temp.
I know I said I didn't plan on planting anything in the substrate, but I might just in the background to help hide the heater.

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Nice looking tank. You always have a good eye for layout on all of your tanks!


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Dennis just put a piece of foggy film on the back of the tank. Love the flat nano light.

Here is how the foggy film looks on my 30c the heater is in the right rear behind all the plants Getting 10 more Chili Rasboraís tomorrow as the first batch was a dud.
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Nice looking tank. You always have a good eye for layout on all of your tanks!
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Dennis just put a piece of foggy film on the back of the tank. Love the flat nano light.

Here is how the foggy film looks on my 30c the heater is in the right rear behind all the plants Getting 10 more Chili Rasboraís tomorrow as the first batch was a dud.
Yeah if I had the equipment down inside a stand that's what I'd do, but it's all sitting behind the tank, which you can see when you walk by.
So I'm making a box to hide it and give it a cleaner look. Kind of like an AIO.
That's a Quartz countertop. I'm not drilling it!

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Made a little progress on the box.
Just need to fill and sand the top and then it's ready for paint.




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Test fitting before paint.
Will have it all finished up this weekend and should get some green in the tank, too.





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Box is done and in place and got some plants! No idea what I'm doing but they look purdy.
Advice appreciated.
-Java Moss
-Pennywort (Hydrocotyle Sibthorpiodes)
-Cryptocoryne Albida Red

I need to check my PAR.
For now I just picked up some Flourish for dosing.

Betta is happy and eating.
He likes Hikari Bloodworms and Bug Bites Betta Formula.
He's a very active little guy.









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That box turned out super nice! And your betta is stunning as well.
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That box turned out super nice! And your betta is stunning as well.
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Well done mate, big fan of the box as well. Very nicely executed!


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Well done mate, big fan of the box as well. Very nicely executed!
Thank you!


So can anyone give me a general guideline for what PAR i should be looking for?
Basic specs on these plants run from low light (the moss and red) to medium light.
I like the look of moss on the wood but worried about algae taking it over.
Until I get a par meter I have no idea how strong this light is but it does have a few different power settings.

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Followed your last few reef tank builds for years. May as well follow this one too!


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Box is done and in place and got some plants! No idea what I'm doing but they look purdy.
Advice appreciated.
-Java Moss
-Pennywort (Hydrocotyle Sibthorpiodes)
-Cryptocoryne Albida Red

I need to check my PAR.
For now I just picked up some Flourish for dosing.

Betta is happy and eating.
He likes Hikari Bloodworms and Bug Bites Betta Formula.
He's a very active little guy.
Nice setup. Love the box for equipment!

No co2 right?

Here's my thoughts

In case you didn't know, Flourish is micro nutrients. Macros would be more important. That may come from feeding the Betta. May not. You are going to want to be careful how much you feed him bloodworms if you want to keep algae at bay. Light duration will play an important role in this as well. The more plants you have the better. I would not consider what you have a lot if plants.

Maybe look into Flourish Excel? If you are wanting better plant growth without adding co2 to the mix.

If you switch to RO water you might want to look into an all-in-one fertilizer. I use Nilocg. There are others.

Sorry. No idea on what par you are dealing with.

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