What should I do--new tank input?
I impulse bought a betta. I'm a terrible person I know. I have a 29 gal planted tank but I can't put him in there because I have a pea puffer and 4 very active, most definitely will fin-nip, ocelot danios.
My plan was to take this empty 10 gal tank I have, de-rim it and set it up as a riparium. I really liked the look of ripariums and I thought it might be a good tank for a betta.
But of course it's not set up yet. Right now the poor betta is in a cut-in-half 1 gallon milk jug (it had distilled water in it before, not milk). The problem is I live in New Hampshire. The temp at night gets down to 63 F in the house. It's really cold for a fish. 63 is not really cold for a New Hampshirian.
So I was going to put him in the 10 gal. I have a heater and a filter with medium that has been kept in the bigger tank. Temp should be ready for him to go in there tonight.
But then the problem is how am I going to de-rim and set up this 10 gal tank with the betta in there. Here are my choices:
1) buy a rimless tank (kind of expensive.... would really prefer not to spend that kind of money, unless maybe I could get one used or something) and then set that one up as the riparium.
2) buy a 1-2gal bowl to put him in that. I found a small heater for a 1.5 gal bowl and I found kind of a nice sort of straight cylinder-type bowl I like. I could stick him in the 10 gal temporarily and then set up the little bowl like a nano tank to put him in there and then make the riparium. And then I'd have a nano bowl so I'd probably have to get another betta or something, what a hardship.
The problem with #2 is that I've had difficulty growing plants in the past. I like the riparium idea not only because of the look but also because growing something emersed will cut out a lot of problems I've had growing plants. I can really only get very very easy plants to grow in my big tank. It's fairly well planted but with only two types of plants mainly--anubais nana and the petite version, and some kind of tall plant I forgot the name. That one grows like a weed and is taking over the tank. I have some marsilea minutia (could be quadrifolia, jury is out) that is alive but not growing. Has been in there a while and hasn't died but not spreading at all. Probably will die eventually because the tall plant is taking over.
It's a low tech tank. Everything else melts and I tend to get a lot of algae, brown and green. I really don't over feed either, cross my heart.
So I'm thinking that if I tried to do a nano I would not have any luck with it. I would really not want to add CO2. I really prefer low tech. Is that even possible with a nano? I think I'm talking myself out of this idea. I just like the idea of having a little nano bowl and I've seen some people have done on here that I loved.
I also have a pH of 7.6 but my water is soft. I've read everywhere I should never mess with the pH but I keep worrying it really is too high. And it's kind of a pain because the water coming out of the tap is 6.0 so I have to put it in a bucket and let it sit for 3 days before it's up to 7.6 (not by adjusting it, it just rises by itself--I presume because of lost CO2?) before I can do a water change. And then if I misjudge the amount of water I take out of the tank vs. how much I have to put in then I'm left short.
Anyway, I thought I would muse about this here to see if you guys had thoughts of what I should do about met poor betta. Ok I know it's bad to impulse buy fish but eventually this little guy is going to have a good place to live with room and heat and lots of plants.