Originally Posted by SiameseFighterx
I have my beautiful betta fish Flounder in a 2.5 gallon with a piece of bogwood, java fern, a lone moss ball and a very small amazon sword plant! I'm 13 just so you get the idea: I wanted to get a 5 gallon tank originally and walstad it to the max. However my parents and me went to my lfs, my parents rushed into it bought a 2.5 gallon bowl and I went with it chose my betta, gravel substrate and plants. The woman at my lfs told me I would have to do water change every other day which I do however I just think Flounder deserves a bigger tank!
I've been desperate to this but my parents won't pay for it, so I'm selling some old books and should have a bit more to buy a tank, soil, sand and plants! If I was to buy a 5 gallon does anyone have any plants to reccomend, I need low light as I don't have many plug outlets on the cabinet I'll be keeping it on. It will hopefully house my male betta and a handfull of rcs.
Plants I was thinking of using: Dwarf hairgrass, duckweed, sagittaria subulata and thats it. Also for a soil I'll hopefully use miracle grow potting soil 🙂
I know that's a lot of information but I need some expert help and opinions 🙂
Thank you for not being a "it can live in a less than 0.5 tiny "tank"person!! Seriously there are a lot of adults that don't care (or care to learn) about thier bettas as much as you.
What are you using for a light? Medium and high level light options take just 1 plug on an outlet. On a smaller height tank like a 5g you can get stronger lighting cheap. I'm using finnex stingray clip light on my 6g long -about same height as a 5g.
Ps you can get a simple surge suppressor strip outlet for more plugs plus equipment won't fry if you have a an electrical surge.
For walsted tanks please read and watch videos about it-as you can get ahold of.
organic soil only make sure it clearly lists what it's made of.
Make sure you add a lot of substrate cap (sand, gravel) the soil will expand as it absorbs more water-not enough cap soil will escape into water column and be a huge mess.
The best thing is to add a lot of plants at once to absorb the ammonia the soil will leech.
Don't add soil where there are no plants (under filter/driftwood, if front is going to be unplanted just use the cap sunstrate there)
Soil will leech ammonia so daily water changes will help for first few weeks to prevent algaes (especially if you put your betta in during this time-don't reccomend unless you are using an ammonia binder like Seachem Prime daily while ammonia is leeching from soil)
Floating plants are helpful!
Sag is a great plant for walsted tanks I used it in my old 3G bubble bowl, will dig up some old pics (oh god the old person is grabbing their photo albums better run! Haha). I've not really used dwarf hair grass so no comments on that.
I also have a soil based tank with crypts. They are slow growers and usually melt back when first added but will take off with time.
Swords will love soil too but be mindful many species get huge for a 5g. echinodorus parviflorus tropica is a smaller species, and chain sword but that is like dwarf sag. If you use other sword you can just trim back leaves as they get too large.
Last thing I want to say if you don't have one get a heater. Bettas are tropical fish and will be more active, interactive, and healthy in a warm tank (most people shoot for 76-82F).
edit: If you want an alternative to soil you can use plant root tabs-a lot of people buy osmocote+ root tabs (check her and e-bay) they are fairly cheap, 1 tab stuffed in substrate per every 3" square area of plants. Doesn't have ammonia leeching issues, but do need replaced (aka add a new 1) every 6-9 months (plants will tell you buy showing nutrient deficiencies).
crypts and sag + duckweed with soil base (8g bubble bowl)
sag and salvinia minima flaoter (3g bubble bowl)
crypts and moss (little bit of duckweed) soil based 6g long