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OK, Here We Go With A New Tank(s)

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So, I have this 5.5 gallon tank without a light. It had an incandescent light that didn't work anymore, so I trashed it. I wanted to put a Betta in it, but can't find a lighted hood, or tank cover/light combo that would fit, so I ended up buying a 10 gallon tank. Mr. Betta will be happier in the 10 gallon anyway once I bring him home, and I think my entertainment center should be able to support the 100-120 pounds worth of fish tank. I tested the integrity of the entertainment center by sitting on it (I weigh 170 pounds I'm sorry to say) and there was not so much as a creak. So here's the plan: I put the 5.5 gallon on the hutch which is also very solid, and will use it as a hospital/quarantine tank, and the 10 gallon on the entertainment center as my main tank. So beginning this week, I will be cycling two tanks, using the fishless ammonia method. I'm not going to do live plants at this time. Call me a wimp, but I'm just not sure If I can keep them alive. I will however, put down a layer of substrate in the 10 gallon in case I change my mind at a later date. So far, I'm collecting various silk plants and decorations for each tank. I have two sponge filters for the 10 gallon. Since I hadn't originally planned for two tanks, I don't have anything other than the filter that came with the 5.5 gallon, which puts out too strong a current for a Betta. I may have to get one more sponge filter. So that's where I am so far with me new tanks. I will keep this Blog up to date and I hope to post pictures soon. Until then, keep those fishies happy everyone!

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    Update: This is going to be a very basic beginner 10 gallon Betta tank. I woosed out on the planted tank and decided on silk instead. We have had the flu going around our household, (despite getting vaccinated!), so setting up the tank has been delayed. I'll post a picture of the tank when I get it fully set up. But I have a question for all of you. I bought a really nice log decoration that I thought Mr. Betta would love to swim in and out of and hide in, but when I put it in the water, it turned out to be a floating decoration, which is not what I wanted. It's not the small one from Zoo Med, it's much larger. Do any of you have one of these, and do Bettas really like them, or are they a waste of money? I'm thinking of exchanging it for more silk plants.