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My first nano cube build

I just started this little project today. It is a 12 inch acrylic cube tank and I plan on building a false wall with a built in filter.

This will be for my girlfriends office and will have a betta and plants.

What plants do you all recommend for this setup?
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I've got a 12" cube as well, I use a Finnex Planted+, which works great, and an AC20 filter, which might be a little strong on the lowest setting, but I made a mesh spillway for it that I then planted, and that's worked quite well as well
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nice acrylic, bro
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where did you get the acrylic pieces and how much were they?

As for plants, depends on lighting and how much care (trimming) she wants to do.
Low light/low maintenance slower growers-do not make lighting to intense or on too long slow grower's leaves are more prone to algae growing on them
ferns: java, Philippine, needle leaf, narrow leaf, thread fin, trident, willow
anubias: nana, petite, micro, golden, narrow lead, barterie, coffefolia.. probably a few more would sty short enough to keep in there but those are the safe ones.. if you want to spend $80-120 check out marble and snow white anubias(the others are much cheaper)
both ferns and anubias are rhizome based plants-the rhizome is the horizontal part that both leaves and rots grow from DO NOT BURY THE RHIZOME!! Instead tie it to decor rock/wood, or anchor it by ting it with a lead free plant weight, burying the weight in the substrate (i used glass beads as I had them on hand), or if you are lucky enough to get plants with long roots just anchor via burying roots. Agian never bury rhizome! it will kill the plant.

crypt (Cryptocorynes): parva (super slow grower) wendtii (green, brown/bronze, red), undulates.. plenty more crypts I'm drawing blank on names atm, someone else can give a bigger list of them.
Root based plant can be buries in substrate. Often crypts go through a "melt" when introduced to a new environment. Give them a month to adapt and grow new leaves.

marimo ball NOT a moss, will never anchor/root-its a specialized form of slow growing hair algae, prefers low light, does not tolerate algaecides. Rotate once every 1-2 weeks to let the bottom get light.

mosses-Christmas, willow, spiky, flame, java, rose, Singapore, and many many more. Best to initially tie to something and let it root and grow

Many more options as you get into stems and medium lighting, these are just some easy beginner options with 0 maintenance as long as you balance nutrients/lighting to avoid algae-they don't grow fast enough to worry about trimming.

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Thank you everyone for the kind words.

I bought the acrylic locally at Regal plastic and a 4ft by 8ft 3/8 inch sheet was 180 dollars.

I started with a small tank because, if I made any horrible mistakes the cost will be minimum.

Water tested today and no leaks, so far so good.
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Thank you everyone for the kind words.

I bought the acrylic locally at Regal plastic and a 4ft by 8ft 3/8 inch sheet was 180 dollars.

I started with a small tank because, if I made any horrible mistakes the cost will be minimum.

Water tested today and no leaks, so far so good.
Ah darn, wish I could find someplace local (or with cheap shipping) that didn't cost an arm and a leg (glass or acrylic).

Does your wife already own the betta or will it be bought after the tank is set up? there is a bettafish forum that's great for first time betta owners if its her first. I'm just happy the betta is getting an over 7g tank and not a 0.7g death trap.

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It will be her first betta and will make sure to check out the betta forum before getting one. We will be buying once the tank is established and cycled.

I too hate seeing bettas in tiny bowls of water, what a horrible life for the little guys.

I just ordered some low light plants from a member on here for the tank too.

Thank for all the help AquaAurora!!!

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Ah darn, wish I could find someplace local (or with cheap shipping) that didn't cost an arm and a leg (glass or acrylic).

Does your wife already own the betta or will it be bought after the tank is set up? there is a bettafish forum that's great for first time betta owners if its her first. I'm just happy the betta is getting an over 7g tank and not a 0.7g death trap.
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It will be her first betta and will make sure to check out the betta forum before getting one. We will be buying once the tank is established and cycled.

I too hate seeing bettas in tiny bowls of water, what a horrible life for the little guys.

I just ordered some low light plants from a member on here for the tank too.

Thank for all the help AquaAurora!!!
Happy to help ^^ I have 6 bettas and 6 planted betta tanks (4 low and 2 medium light)-they're addicting! The forum I mentioned has a lot of great info, but you/your wife are also welcome to poke me if you have any questions/want suggestions for something too ^^ I'm over there with the same user name as well.

Look foward to seeing updates on the thread

oh one more thing I wanted to mention: if you use any store boght decor or wood/rock do a nylon test on it.
You can get super cheap nylon stockings at most grocery stores (or ask your wife for old nylon stocking if she has any. Anything that goes in the tank that is not a live plant rub it over (every inch at every angle) with nylon stocking first. If it snags slightly or rips the nylon it can and will damage betta fins. Wood can be sanded, rocks mostly can be worked non (used a dremel moto tool to grind down some river rock rough spots).. lfs decor is iffy-most are coated to make them tank safe, sanding removes that and lets the paint loose-not good.

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