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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-23-2014, 01:50 PM Thread Starter
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2.6 and in need of education

This is all your fault!

While going to buy some goldfish food I saw a betta I could not leave in the shop. I had an empty .5 betta cube in the apartment that I had won in a draw at the local pet valu. I brought home the betta, set him up in the cube and that somehow lead me here. After reading a bunch I felt very guilty. That lead me back to Petsmart where I bought this 2.6 gallon cube. It was on sale and came with a 1.5 watt light and a filter that holy cow moves things around so I did more reading and baffled the intake with a mesh bag from a carbon insert, seems much better now. Before you ask I did indeed buy a heater, which I assume I shall be replacing at some point as it is not adjustable. So far the cube sits 78.9 to 80 degrees, so I am not panicking but I am on the hunt for a better heater. That lead to more reading and a trip to a better lfs, armed with a list of low light plants and 70 dollars later I came home with a few plants and a nerite snail and a small bottle of flourish excel which I am scared to use lol.

First , I will never put a betta in a blank box with a plastic plant again. He is awesome, his name is Storm, the snail has been dubbed Gary by my 12 yr old daughter. Second the snail is a whacky escape artist who I find on the shelf once or twice a week. Storm has gone from drooping in his cup at the store to a bit more lively in the cube to super happy investigate absolutely every single thing, look at me go...and is that pellets? you know you got some pellets!!!! He gets about 7 a day in about 3 feedings.

So my question is am I do anything right? I find the forum interesting, and mind boggling. 30 years ago I started with tanks and as much as I love them the science is a bit baffling these days, honestly back in the day with incadescents the amazon swords and jungle val and corkscrew val had to be lopped at with scissors to keep them in check and now I find I was doing it wrong all along.

The goldfish dont have any plants I dont think it would be a good mix for the plants, there are five of them in a 40 gallon, spoiled rotten, down to being handfed cooked peas at night, its been 3 years and they are thriving..had a crazy algae problem that required a UV filter to fix but its all good now.

Anyway back to being all your fault, this is the monster you created .
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You seem to be doing mostly everything right What brand of food are you giving him? Some are very cheap and don't have much nutrition for them. I'd definitely get a lid, if anything spooks your little guy he'll be joining the snail on the shelf. Also, your light will need to be updated for your plants. They will need a daylight 6500k bulb (or similar color temp) with an adequate amount of wattage. Someone else may be able to better direct you on lighting, I'm still kind of a noob when it comes to that XD You have an adorable betta though! He looks nice and healthy
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Hi! His food is Hikari betta bio gold. I also give him a teeny corner of frozen brine shrimp once a week and 3 or 4 freeze dried worms on another day, he has eaten everything so far with zero problems, if there is a better pellet out there let me know, I have no problems spending money on a good food, fish food lasts ages so I consider it a good investment. I find the light thing mystifying. I was looking around on Amazon and I could pick up a finnex sting ray led clamp light..would that be better? They have the planted plus as well and I could put that on my Christmas list if that would be better?
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I can't remember whether or not bio gold is any good *racks brain* I feed my guys New Life Spectrum, though I do know that Omega One is really good as well. I have eight males and I've had the same container of NLS for almost two years now. I give them anywhere from 6 to 8 pellets a day in one or two feedings. It definitely does go a long way! Frozen foods are awesome, but be careful with the freeze dried as they can cause bloating in bettas I'm allergic to them so I've never fed them to my guys. I'd knock it down to two or less freeze dried worms per week. As for the light, I think the stingray is okay for low light but I'm not entirely sure. I've always used CFLs and T5s, but from reading around the forum it seems that most have LEDs. The planted+ might be too high of light for your tank.
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