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First time keeping a fish and doing simple aquascaping

Hey folks, thank you for all the inspiration! It finally gave me the courage to go and start my very first mini (very simple) planted tank for my very first pet fish ... *hope the fish and plants don't die on me...*

Decided to try with a Betta since many have said that it's a rather hardy fish. Fauna wise, I'm not too sure what the names are .. but I think they look like microswords and anubias. Also got a Marimo to be part of the family

It's an unfiltered tank, so I guess will need to do 10% water change daily?

Light wise, the tank will be receiving indirect sunlight .. would a desk lamp be sufficient for the plants? Or will I need to invest in more powerful lights?

*crossing my fingers that the plants can survive .. *

Thinking of adding some glass shrimps into the tank (1.5G) as well, but will they be able to survive in a unfiltered tank with a Betta? How many would be a good number?

Sorry for the small pics . my camera does not perform well in low lighting



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Hey folks, thank you for all the inspiration! It finally gave me the courage to go and start my very first mini (very simple) planted tank for my very first pet fish ... *hope the fish and plants don't die on me...*

Decided to try with a Betta since many have said that it's a rather hardy fish. Fauna wise, I'm not too sure what the names are .. but I think they look like microswords and anubias. Also got a Marimo to be part of the family

It's an unfiltered tank, so I guess will need to do 10% water change daily?

Light wise, the tank will be receiving indirect sunlight .. would a desk lamp be sufficient for the plants? Or will I need to invest in more powerful lights?

*crossing my fingers that the plants can survive .. *

Thinking of adding some glass shrimps into the tank (1.5G) as well, but will they be able to survive in a unfiltered tank with a Betta? How many would be a good number?

Sorry for the small pics . my camera does not perform well in low lighting



you are goin to want to put a filter in your tank i have one of these it works great it is called a mini elite.
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you should get a air powered filter or somthing because the betta wont like the amonia

and btw thats a lush betta, where you get him?


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Followed the advise, the tank now has a filter

The water seems to be getting yellow .. issit due to the drift wood?

Oh, the Betta was bought from nearby aquarium shop .. just a normal Betta, not the fancy more pricey sort
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Good choice to get a filter.

The yellowing water is due to your driftwood leaching tannins. There's two ways around that: water changes and activated carbon in the filter. I much prefer the first, just because carbon is more expensive than water changes, doesn't last long, and has to be changed every couple weeks to keep its usefulness. A few weeks of more water changes won't hurt the fish, either, especially while that brand-new filter cycles.

Pretty betta!
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The water seems to be getting yellow .. issit due to the drift wood?
Yes it's due to the wood. You can fix this by putting carbon into your filter, like other people mentioned.

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That is a lovely betta!

There seems to be plenty of people who have just a desk lamp for their nano tanks. Just be sure it's not an incandescent bulb. I have a 13 watt PC clip-on light for my 1.3 gallon tank.

The driftwood would look nice with anubias nana petite or some moss growing on it.
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Hey guys, thanks for the advice! I've been doing water changes daily so far, hopefully the water clears soon ^^

I'll try to grow some moss on the driftwood once the water clears seen quite alot of tips in this forum ^^ hopefully it'll work out!

Now that there's a filter, would it be ok to house a couple of shrimps in the tank?

Mr Betta is happy that you guys find him pretty

I'm quite tempted to get one of those clip on tank lights, are they good for the plants? My current lamp is not an incandescent bulb, but casts a yellowish light which makes the tank look even more yellow lol
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haha. actually, that is a fancy betta. my guess is a super delta or a half moon. very pretty although, i think having the betta will severely restrict your invert choice. keep an eye if he decides to take a whack at a shrimp, especially if they are bite size.
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