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So I am hoping this is my first real success with planted tanks, one that thrives and grows. The tank I found in some thrift store, it was covered with a stupid background and really ugly black frame that covered most of the tank. I stripped it all, and upon the purchase of a HM betta by my wife of all people the tank planning began : ) The lighting is a desk lamp with a 15w cfl indoor floodlight. I have never used an indoor floodlight but it had a built in reflector in the bulb so I thought why not try it. It has an aquafin 50w heater that's much to large and set to 82°. MGOPM substrate with a gravel cap. Occupants are 1 HM betta and 5-6 hitchhiker snails. Currently, I have planted bacopa, DHG, and a little bit of Anubis Nana. I think I may have some potential with this tank. Granted, its oddly narrow and I will not even ball my fist in this tank for fear of cracking the sides. I plan on finding some sort of small water movement device (ideas?)...and I don't really see filter in this tank. I'm grateful for any and all advice, tips and ideas. Thanks!



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The lamp is usually centered but here is a shot of the other side.

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That is so cool.

Why the need for current? I think even the smallest pump/powerhead is going to create and unbelievable amount of current in that tank and will stress out your Betta almost instantly. Bettas don't like current.

You can get one of those betta heat mats/pads made for fish bowls and place it under the gravel or on the back glass and hide it with plants.
 

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I just assumed I needed some kind of water movement so the water wouldnt get stagnant. The less equipment I should have the better. I'd love some MTS but no pet store around here sells them, gotta find something that will dig into the substrate. How often should my water changes be?

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You can do small weekly water changes the first few month or so until you tank fully cycles then you can cut it back to once a month. Lucky for you, bettas have a labyrinth organ and don't need as much oxygenated water as most fish do. Water quality should still be maintained though.


Most of the set ups in this thread have zero water movement

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What keeps the water from becoming stagnant and bad if there is no filter/ water flow? Should I stock anything else in here...shrimps wouldn't be able to live without a good flow right?

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Google the "Nitrogen Cycle" and you'll get a good idea on how some are able to maintain tanks without filters. Key ingredient is plenty of plants.

Again, check out some of the tanks in the link I provided above. Quite a few of them are actually shrimp only bowls/tanks.

9.9 times out of 10, your betta will make a quick snack of anything that moves inside his tank...or at least attempt to. Especially shrimp.
 

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I believe I am seeing some Eisenbacteria. If I lack a filter/ water movement, what is the best way to get rid of this?

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I use the azoo palm filter in my 1 gallon and I have a baffle to prevent my betta from freaking out...
 

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When should I expect to see some new plant growth...I believe I see some runners from the bacopa (white strands coming out of the stems going down). But what about the Anubis Nanas and DHG?

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Get a under gravel heater. Prob 15 watt should do. Then an azoo mini filter. I have it for my 2.5g Betta and he loves it. Builds a giant bubble nest. The filter doesn't disturb him at all.

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Update:


Got a smaller heater that fits nicely in the corner. Not adjustable but its a steady 76°. Still haven't gotten another light but I was thinking about one of those Solar Flare LED's? (Opinions?). Also went to a not so local fish store and got a bunch of MTS. There are currently about 10 in here, hoping they will burrow down and get to getting on the substrate. Picked up some duckweed and frog bit. Didn't really put any duckweed in this tank because I'd read too much about it being a pest and was worried it would compete too much with my other plants. Kept the frog bit though...duckweeds in the 29 gal hope it doesn't get crazy.

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