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Starting a planted tank next to my bed for a betta. The tank is a fluval "shrimp habitat" setup. I got the whole kit new for roughly $70 about a year or so ago. Had it set up at work for a while... recently brought it home (swapped for a freebie 10 gallon for at work).

I am only using the tank itself. Filtration is a (forgot the brand) sponge filter rated for a 20 gallon tank. Lighting is a CFL in a desk lamp. Got a 50 watt aquatop heater.

Plants so far are Anubias Nana, and Crypt wendtti. Substrate is left over from when I had a planted 5.5 gal shrimp tank. Floramax, I think...

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Looking to grow into a nice "natural" look. Any ideas on a taller background plant? Low tech, no CO2.

I'm thinking some Java Fern on the driftwood, and something taller on the left side where the crypts are now. This tank will be viewed mostly from the side as I'm laying in bed... like this:

 

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You will be able to grow most plants we'll in that set up even with no co2. Here's a few of my pics for your background Bacopa monnieri / Bacopa colorata / sunset hygro/ green cabomba. The monierri may be too close in color to the rest I guess but all will grow good in there


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Nice start!

Some Java fern (normal or narrow or needle leaf varieties), Bolbitus fern, or Anubias nana (not petite) would be the easiest/lowest maintenance larger plants and the darker green leaves would all make for a nice contrast if you want to stick with rhizome plants. Mosses also.

Or the stems aquaticgeek mentioned.

Or one of the Crypt species with a contrasting leaf (tons of species to choose from there, just about any of the C. wendtii would be a great choice).
 

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Thanks! Was thinking of using java fern on the driftwood, I've had good luck with it in the past. Might try some bacopa for a taller "background" plant. Should I add root tabs for the bacopa or crypts?

The cycle is progressing nicely. I added some media from the filter on my 75 gallon cichlid tank and dosed with ammonia. Ammonia is dropping in 24 hours and nitrites are coming up already. Shouldn't be long til it's ready for the betta...
 

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Bacopa should be a good choice. B. caroliniana is one of the stems that's always done best for me in low light/low tech setups. There's several other Bacopas that should work well, too.

Only thing is you'll have to keep up with pruning it, as it does tend to get leggy at the bottoms once they get shaded by the upper growth. Some people enjoy that part of the hobby, others find it a chore... so totally up to you which shakes your rattle. :icon_mrgr
 

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Here's a stocking question for you... If I want to try some cherry shrimp with my betta who should I add first, betta or shrimp?
Shrimp first, if you put them in there after the betta.. he would probably would view them as food. But even if you add the shrimp first, there is no guarantee that he wouldn't eat them.
 

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Hopefully it will fill in and get "greener". I think I'm gonna move the clump of crypts in front of the driftwood over with the other crypts, and get some java fern for the driftwood and see how that looks...
 

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He doesn't have a name yet...

He is super active and loves the space. I don't see how you could keep one of these guys in a tiny vase...

I will try to post a video...

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Tank is doing good. Crypts never melted, but the bacopa did... starting to see new growth though. Getting a little algae, really need to get a timer for the lights... Mr. Betta (still no name...) is doing great!

Started on a 5.5 for a betta for my wife... :hihi: waiting for the driftwood to sink...
 

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Closeup of the "algae" I'm getting. It comes off very easily. Don't know if it has an odor, didn't think to sniff it when I was removing it, got most of it out with the siphon. Cyano??
 
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