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Self-Sustaining Nano Tank

I picked this thing up about 4-5 months ago, to save a betta fish that had been used for someone's school project. It is almost completely self sustaining, just requires me to feed the betta fish (I don't even know what the RCS are eating), heat (betta's eyes become foggy otherwise), and top off. A very thin layer of substrate (flourite sand) keeps plants happy. That surprises me because i have large crypts in there and they usually have complex root systems but they appear happy.





i have in the vase thingy:

4-5 blood red female RCS
1 female betta fish: eats everything

4 Cryptocoryne wendtii
1 Cryptocoryne parva
1 mass of Java Moss mixed with Christmas Moss
1 small patch of Anubias nana 'Petite'
A couple sprigs of hairgrass (don't know if they're still alive even)

Also: I don't even feed much processed food to my betta, I mainly feed her small spiders i find around the house, gnats and other flying annoyances as well.
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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 04-04-2010, 09:41 PM
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i has that same vase at one time.

thats kinda neat


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wow! that is very interesting. I have never heard of feeding spiders/flies or other household fish treats.

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haha i have that same vase, and am gunna do this pretty soon with some moss and such next to the window. I also feed my betta flys and gnats whenever i can grab them haha. Looks great!
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I put it under my dining room table halogen lights for a clearly, quick pic. Still has the glare, though.



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Why is the water in your 60P red?
nice nano, though. I like it.

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dosing maracyn t-c to get rid of bba :/
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Nice tank! Consider this a newbie question : Isn't the tank a bit too small for that many fish (4-5 blood red female RCS, 1 female betta fish)? Just wondering out of curiosity.
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it's alright, personally i'd have em in a 7+, but i wanted to save the betta from less than 1L of water, so this seemed pretty good compared to that. i actually originally put the rcs in as food for the betta lol, she just couldnt catch em
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The duckweed is a nice touch
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thanks gets a little out of hand occasionally, though
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are you sure its a female Betta? It looks like a male crown-tail to me but when the water is hard its fins will break and look like your Betta's fins. Just a warning if he is male he may start eventually munching on the shrimp. Took one of mine months to figure out he could eat them!

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Rengb, that is most certainly a Female betta, and there is no distinction of a crowntail fin type at all.... Also Females are just as likely to eat shrimp.

This is 4 of my females fighting over a shrimp lol

its a cell phone image sorry! You can see the shrimp in the yellow ones mouth



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Plus she has an ovipositor lol
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it's alright, personally i'd have em in a 7+, but i wanted to save the betta from less than 1L of water, so this seemed pretty good compared to that. i actually originally put the rcs in as food for the betta lol, she just couldnt catch em
Thanks for the reply. I guess the betta is being a bit too nice them rcs ;-)
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