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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-12-2005, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
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Any Special Issues?

I'm pondering planting my 2.5 bowfront, which currently houses a single male betta. It's currently pretty bare except silk plants because I had read that the wastes trapped in gravel, in these smaller tanks, could pose problems for stability and disease.

Now I'm thinking if you plant reasonably well, the plants should take care of that. But if there's someone with more experience with this, could you fill me in on what you know?

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-13-2005, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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Nobody? (I hate to nag, but....)
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you're not using a filter?
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It has a small palm filter, although the other small tank I want to fill is just a betta jar (1.5 gal) and hasn't been filtered. Why?

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I have a 2.5 gallon MiniBow tank with an internal filter (plan to upgrade to a Palm filter or other small external filter to save room in the tank) and, after the initial cycling, mine has remained pretty stable. It is heavily planted -- I stuffed it with hornwort initially, and have since planted bacopa, dwarf hairgrass and the occasional small crypt-let from my big tank. No problems with water chemistry, though I do test often, watch out to not overfeed, and keep it lightly stocked.
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Mine has been very stable but it's bare tank right now with just a couple of silk plants and the betta.

By the way, the little palm filters fit that mini-bow tank beautifully, and definitely take less room. My only grumble is that the intake is too far off the bottom, but you can't have everything.

I hated that gargantuan Whisper filter that came with it. Hard to adjust the flow, took up too much room, and both of mine broke down within a year.

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That was really my only beef with the MiniBow 2.5, too -- the filter seems huge to me and with the flow adjustment at the bottom of an internal filter, you have to take it out and drip water everywhere to adjust it. I'm looking forward to replacing the filter with something that takes up less room in the tank! Sounds like the Azoo/Palm or Red Sea Nano filters work great for this purpose. I replaced the lightbulb with a 10w 6500k screw-in fluorescent and the plants are growing great!

I actually like the MiniBow enough that I'm thinking of getting another one to house a betta at some point. But I do wish they'd change the filter that comes with the system -- there isn't much room in a 2.5 to begin with, and an internal filter just takes up too much space!

Perhaps others who are more knowledgeable can correct me if I'm wrong, but I would think that plants would actually help stabilize a small tank by taking up some of the ammonia/nitrite/nitrate that is produced as fertilizer, by oxygenating the water, and by providing added surface area for beneficial bacteria to cling to.
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Dittos on that humongo filter--I had one too. What were they thinking??? I used my little redsea filter with it at first and then pulled it because I went low tech with it. Yes the substrate, flora and fauna can balance out. I've only had nano tanks so far as I try the low tech approach and am surprised at how clean they stay without mechanical filtration.

There is a whole section over on the "All Wet Thumbs" forum of the Aquabotanic website [they're a sponsor here] that presents the concepts of natural aquaria, if you're interested...
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I have a 1g with no filtration. I had no problems with the betta in there, though he is now in another tank, and the 1g has been made a shrimp tank.


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First true attempt at a planted tank.
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