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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-25-2016, 04:45 AM Thread Starter
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3G Nano Cube Adventure

I convinced my roommate to dive into the planted tank world. She got herself a little 3G cube tank from amazon.

Plants currently in tank:
Anibus Nana
Dwarf Hairgrass

Medium:
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Tank accessories:
Stock Marineland Filter
50W Heater
WalMart Architect Light + 75W 5000k LED Bulb

Ferts:
None Dosed (AquariumFertilizer.com EI Soon)
Co2 Soon! (Paintball Method)

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1 Betta
1 Nitrite Snail
Cherry Shrimp soon (Anyone selling?)
Can anyone make any suggestions for a good small school tank mate for this betta? I was thinking a couple of cobra guppies?

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I think you would be hard pressed to fit in tank mates at that size of aquarium.
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Thanks! Surprised we found him at pet smart. I was thinking the same, may just have to stick to shrimp
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Gorgeous betta!

That's actually the 3g version of my tank. Great little kit for the price!

I second no schooling fish in there. Even without the betta, it's not enough space for them. Shrimp (probably a pair of amanos would be best, but I'd try your betta with cheap ghost shrimp first) and snails would be all that can really go into the tank. I'm running into the same problem where shrimp and snails are not available here, so I have no cleaners helping me out.


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Gorgeous betta!

That's actually the 3g version of my tank. Great little kit for the price!

I second no schooling fish in there. Even without the betta, it's not enough space for them. Shrimp (probably a pair of amanos would be best, but I'd try your betta with cheap ghost shrimp first) and snails would be all that can really go into the tank. I'm running into the same problem where shrimp and snails are not available here, so I have no cleaners helping me out.
Thank you! I just checked out your journal, you have a pretty nice pretty as well. We just finished ordering some cherry shrimp, going to pick up some ghost shrimp tomorrow to see how the betta reacts to them.
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Added 3 ghost shrimp and another nerite snail. Sadly only 1 survived the stressful transition from the pet store, it's holding eggs so maybe they are fertizilied and soon to have more. Cherries coming in tomorrow! The betta doesn't seem to bother the shrimp too much. Hair grass showing some progress!




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That's too bad you lost a couple shrimp so soon. From my experience ghost shrimp are hit or miss. They die within hours or days, or you can't get rid of them no matter what. Does your shop have a guarantee on aquatic life?
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That's too bad you lost a couple shrimp so soon. From my experience ghost shrimp are hit or miss. They die within hours or days, or you can't get rid of them no matter what. Does your shop have a guarantee on aquatic life?
Got them at Petsmart, so I don't think so. Unfortunately all three shrimp did not make it. Also, cherry shrimp package arrived crushed, none of them madeit either DOA . Seller is willing to send a replacement.

Hair grass is doing very well though, shooters going everywhere, can't wait to get CO2 to see how the plants do from there.
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Petsmart is supposed to have a 14 day return on all live animals. You need a receipt, a body and a separate water sample.
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I tried keeping ghost shrimp then amano with one of my betta boys.. he killed and ate them (even though the shrimp were as big as him!). They are predators so you have to be mindful of that when putting something in with a betta. That said I had one very mellow betta (never flared in his life) that I could keep cherry shrimp with. He'd eat shrimplets but not the adults. Also 3rd (or is it 4th now?) the recommendation to not add other fish in a 3g with a betta. If you really want a school/shoal of something bump up to a 10g, but keep the 3g + heater and filter ready as the betta may not do well with tankmates and need separated (every betta's temperament is different).
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betta and shrimps probably won't mix. even if they do for awhile, shrimps will feel stressed and die sooner than later. and, shrimps will eventually molt and make itself soft and delicious.

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betta and shrimps probably won't mix. even if they do for awhile, shrimps will feel stressed and die sooner than later. and, shrimps will eventually molt and make itself soft and delicious.
Got the cherry shrimp in today, all live in well. Hopefully this batch survives the tank. Pretty set on not adding anymore fish, just shrimp. I had good sucess with my last tank with a betta, cherry shrimp that reproduced like mad, and an algae eater. Updated some shots of the tank.
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If that's the Tetra 3 gallon with LED light and filter why didn't you use the LED it came with? It gets pretty good reviews.

The 75 watt equivalent bulb over this tank is really overkill, I'm using a pair of 60 watt daylight LED A19 bulbs in shop reflectors over my 20 gallon, and it's almost too much light. I turn one one in the morning, and the 2nd on at about 10:00 AM 'til 3:30 PM when it's turned off. Even with DIY CO2 it's still liable to grow algae.

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If that's the Tetra 3 gallon with LED light and filter why didn't you use the LED it came with? It gets pretty good reviews.

The 75 watt equivalent bulb over this tank is really overkill, I'm using a pair of 60 watt daylight LED A19 bulbs in shop reflectors over my 20 gallon, and it's almost too much light. I turn one one in the morning, and the 2nd on at about 10:00 AM 'til 3:30 PM when it's turned off. Even with DIY CO2 it's still liable to grow algae.
The LED did not reach the bottom of the tank too well, was not strong enough. I did not see any good reviews for growing plants on that specific light they include with the kit. The hair grass did not flourish, and in a couple of days I'll be setting up some pressurized CO2. I have no algae to report right now, but I usually keep the light fixture a decent distance from the tank to prevent this.
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