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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-05-2011, 12:42 AM Thread Starter
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Totally Planted Newbie, setting up a 2.5gal Betta Tank

While I've been raising fish for most of my life, I have never one attempted a planted tank. I currently have only a betta, and would like to upgrade his large critter keeper into a 2.5gallon planted tank.

I'm buying the tank later this week, and would love any help I could getting it set up. When I buy the tank, I will also be scoping out what kinds of plants the local petsmart has.

I don't think I want to mess with CO2 for this tank, so low tech, plants are required.

What supplies should I be looking at? Are any plants not safe for bettas? (Besides the obvious of spiky plants)

What kind of lighting would be best?

Could this be done for under a budget of $75?
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You could probably make a nice 5 gallon for under $75

Tank would be around $10-15
Filter would be ~$15
Lighting would be $20 (Desk lamp + 23w or 13w @ 6500k CFL)
substrate; depends what you want to use, fluval stratum works and is relatively cheap
A center piece of driftwood would only be about $5-10

With even a 13 w CFL, I was able to grow Glossostigma Elantoides which is a high light plant into a low-lying dense carpet.
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Good plants to try would be Java ferns, Anubias nana petite (the smallest Anubias), Rotala rotundifolia, and some of the smaller crypts like C. lucens and C. parva.





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+1 on the 5 gallon, I think you (and the Betta) will be happy that you did. 2.5 is a bit small. Also look at the Finnex 4 gallon on Amazon - you can get most of what your looking for in one package. I have the 4g with hang on filter and am very please and it should be a bit under what you want to pay. I got the tank and HOT filer for around $45, fluval stratus for $8 and wala! (I had a light already) Good luck and post pictures when you can, would love to see your betta!

ps. lauraleelbp plant suggestions are perfect and you can get a 10w 0r 13 w bulb at most hardware stores if you have a fixture or find a cheap one.

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I know I'm going with a 2.5gal because I've already ordered the light, and really, don't have space for a five gallon on my desk (where my fish lives) When I was at the petstore today, a product called Seachem Excel was recommended to me. Is this a good product? The clerk (who I trust pretty well he's into herps and fish) said it acts like a replacement for CO2 in a planted fish tank. He just didn't know if it was safe for bettas, and in a small tank.

They didn't have it in the store, but I found it online: SeaChem Excel.


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Yes, Excel is safe when dosed properly. It's good at killing quite a few algaes in addition to a carbon source/substitute for CO2, so I always keep a bottle on hand, myself.





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