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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-22-2011, 04:11 AM Thread Starter
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Betta home upgrade!

I just picked up a 2.5 for my betta because his vase seems a little crammed full of plants. Maybe want to set it up with some DHG I bought last week that is floating around in another tank, also have many crypts, hornwort, pygmy chain sword, anubias and some flame moss but I haven't really decided yet.
I have some fancy bag of gravel I purchased before for 75% off, some type of aqua soil or something, forget the name. Was thinking about using this and maybe doing a DSM for a month or two.

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  • What type of filtration should I use?
  • Need to decide on lighting for a college budget.
  • How do bettas do with CO2? I possibly was going to do DIY but I wasn't sure if it would be a good idea. Could use excel instead if it would be better as I have most of a bottle left.


Have any plant suggestions? (May or may not be using the DHG, still undecided)
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-22-2011, 04:14 AM
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If you can return the 2.5, I would grab a 10 gallon tank. You have all those plants, don't make it into a waste!
HOB filters would be great, I think bettas OK with co2? because they breath from air above the surface of water.


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Yeah see the issue is I don't have room where I need to put the 2.5, small space on a counter. Plus I would be taking all the plants from the 75g, 12g and 6g so I didn't go and buy them just for the tank.
Was thinking for filtration one of those tom's 1-5g filters I've seen at PetSmart would do.
Also for the lighting I was maybe thinking this fixture would definitely fit under the cabinets. Little pricey but I suppose it would be worth it.
EDIT: just saw you have to purchase legs for an additional $15, that is ridiculous, now I'm looking for a cheap clamp on to put a daylight CFL in. Hooray for Walmart!
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So how important would a small filter be in a 2.5 with my betta? If I were to get one it would be a tom's mini internal filter but would it make a huge difference if I'm doing weekly WCs?

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In a 2.5 I would argue a filter is pointless for a Betta tank. Load it up with plants and a decent light. A small heater is a better choice than a filter in this case.
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In a 2.5 I would argue a filter is pointless for a Betta tank. Load it up with plants and a decent light. A small heater is a better choice than a filter in this case.
Good idea, my room stays pretty warm even in winter but he is kinda by a window so I'll find one of those small preset ones. I think I remember seeing one for a 3 gal at my lfs.

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If you could find a miniature nice filter that you like, go for it. I have a Finnex PX-360 baffled on my 7.5g for my Betta. He was in a 1 1/2 Gallon jar for 2 weeks before due to purchasing options around my city; he's extremely happy in the tank, and I think he enjoys the filtration. It MAY be a bit too much for him, especially HMDT but I see him having no problems swimming, hell he has a harder time turning around against the glass / plants than swimming. From what I can tell he enjoys it, I know he loves the tank but he's always hanging around by the intake / spray bar when he comes up from the plants.

I'd say give it a try, see how your Betta likes it. They are all different, but I assume at least a bubble thing he would enjoy, and would provide minor current for him.
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I use a penguin 110 in a 12.5 hex for my Beta, I would try this for your 2.5 Also the heater is a good idea.

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So if I leave the little class canopy on will my betta still be able to breathe? I ask because none of my other tanks are open on top and they don't evap nearly as fast as this 2.5. There are 4 small holes along the top where optional dividers can go and I was wondering if that would allow sufficient room for gas exchange. There's also the cords from the filter and heater. Nearly forgot about those. Don't think I can have it closed with those there won't be any room for them.
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