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Thread: 5.5g Betta Tank

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    Default 5.5g Betta Tank

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    Hehe....multiple tank syndrome has firmly taken over. Saw a gorgeous betta at work a couple days ago, and since I'd already been contemplating getting a 5.5 gallon (I've been collecting the decorations in there as they went on sale at work *lol*), I went ahead and grabbed him up and the tank. Doing frequent water changes until I get a filter for it (yes, I know, cart before horse), and need to spray paint the back of it black, but it's set up.

    It has the pagoda house plants in already, and then I plan to put in a forest of lucky bamboo as I can afford it. It doesn't have a top--it'll be a riparium for all intents and purposes.

    He's a delta tail, white with shots of purple. We'll have to see if he develops as much character as my other betta.

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    He's gorgeous!
    20 gallon with a male betta, neons, glowlights, and red cherry shrimp. (work in progess) Recently added a few LIVE plants and driftwood, Woooohoooo!

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    Nice buddist betta. I tried the lucky bamboo in a betta tank once. Too many water changes IME the submesered portion of the plant started to rot and my betta started getting sick. Good luck with yours. The tanks looks cool as is.
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    Lightbulb Might want to change that plan a bit...

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    Lucky bamboo is not an aquatic plant and your results were typical.

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    what kind of substrate is that?
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    Thanks guys. ^_^ I like him. I think with the black background, he'll really, really pop out.

    I know lucky bamboo's not aquatic, but I've read varying accounts of having it semi-aquatic. Some people, it's worked great. Some folks, not so much. It's worth a shot. I start losing them, I'll put whatever's not dead yet in a pot. No big. ^_^

    I'm looking at the Fluval Nano for filtering this thing. Anyone have any experience with it?

    The substrate is the Petco brand black sand. For 5 bucks a bag, it fit perfectly in the 5.5 gallon.
    Last edited by KaylNeko; 08-13-2012 at 09:25 PM.

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    Great looking fish! His house is pretty cool too!

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    You mentioned spray paint. I used automotive glass film, it reflects 80% of the light back into the tank. Just a though and your tank looks swell...
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    Right then. I suppose it's time to reboot this thread with an update. Or, rather, a slew of updates.

    I never did get around to getting the bamboo. The little delta tail died, so the tank got put up while I focused on the 10 gallon with Minadel, the Soldier Betta and the 55 gallon. In the apartment I was living in, I figured that was enough for the time being.

    This past summer, I moved in with some friends, and the other two tanks I was taking care of got added to mine under one roof. So now we had a 46 gallon bowfront and a 55 gallon downstairs, the girl-child's 10 gallon in her room, and my 10 gallon. For psychological reasons, I decided to reboot the 5.5 and get a 20L, which wound up being a 29--link in my sig! Main reason being I like to rearrange stuff, and I can't rearrange the house when other people live in it, and the 55 and the 46 are suddenly show tanks as people come visit now *lol* so they can't get totally redone on a whim as much. Therefore, I need more tanks in my room. *nodnod* And I like plants. Plants are good for you, right?

    So the 5.5. I picked up a nice looking betta at work one day. He had this rose color I hadn't seen before, I had the 10 gallon set up, I figured why not. I hadn't known what I wanted to put in it yet--been using it as a quarrantine tank up until this point. Then I remembered the 5.5 that got put away a while back. So I pulled it back out. Still no top, still no filter, still no lights, but by Jove, I was going to get it going. I had plants and a betta. This was what was important!

    So I got sand in it, got the plants put it, got the water in it, and realized I'd forgotten to spray paint the back. Again. So I dug around and found a piece of cloth to tack to the wall behind it, popped Mr. Betta in, and:




    And a better picture of Mr. Betta.


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