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Elliriyanna
07-13-2014, 01:13 AM
My Betta boy Aqua's tank is finally finished. I was trying to go for a natural look but I kill plants so this is the best we could do lol. Next is a floating log because he likes sleeping at the top. I am still trying to clean out sand ... I am use to gravel ...

Its a 5 gallon, running a sponge filter with the outflow towards the wall and a 25 watt hydor theo with the temp at 80.



http://i873.photobucket.com/albums/ab297/elliriyanna/Aqua/IMG_79941_zpsf8df1b6b.jpg (http://s873.photobucket.com/user/elliriyanna/media/Aqua/IMG_79941_zpsf8df1b6b.jpg.html)



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http://i873.photobucket.com/albums/ab297/elliriyanna/Aqua/IMG_79951_zps87df2876.jpg (http://s873.photobucket.com/user/elliriyanna/media/Aqua/IMG_79951_zps87df2876.jpg.html)

aquariumlover10
07-13-2014, 01:42 AM
Looks good but hornwort, and moneywort are great starter plants oh and marimo moss balls are also great beginner plants

Elliriyanna
07-13-2014, 01:52 AM
I have killed them all ... Well except Marimo ... I do plan to get him a ball, I even killed anacharis , Java Fern, Java moss lol ... I cant do plants. I have two anubias that .. are apparently invulnerable that will be moved in next time i clean my turtle tank and can remove them.

aquariumlover10
07-13-2014, 01:59 AM
Yeah I did that in the beggining, what lights do you have? You could try floating them insted of plants that may have something to do with it, if you want a really cool cave get a small terra cota pot and burry half in sub or cut in half with a dremel and place both in just make sure they aren't glazed. A coolbottom dweller would be ghost OR rcs but definetly get a marimo if you get some. P.S. rcs breed like rabbits so u could make some profit with them

Elliriyanna
07-13-2014, 02:41 AM
I dont use lights ... which is why I decided to not bother with plants in any of my tanks anymore.

I did float the plants lol.

he has a terra cotta pot somewhere ... Just not sure where I put it.

You have never seen my other tanks have you? I have a history of always using Terra cotta pots. Including in my turtle tank lol.

I am happy and so is he so thats whats important.

Fishhook
07-13-2014, 03:00 AM
I like it! I switched my Betta from just rock to sand+rock and I think he likes it even more.
I have crossed over to the dark side with sand and love it. It is much more natural that just a dyed-rock bottom. A mystery snail or two would be cool.

Elliriyanna
07-13-2014, 03:55 AM
He has a Cana snail ... Look close in the plants in the second pic. :)

I plan to switch to a fine natural gravel for easier cleaning, Assuming I can find some locally.

Betta's are SOO addicting, I want to get another sorority up and running.

afro123
07-13-2014, 09:43 AM
I never thought you can kill any of those plants
My suggestion dont put the lights on 24/7 it can kill those plants

aquariumlover10
07-13-2014, 09:07 PM
Oh ok I never really look at journals don't know why but just don't, oh ok well try duckweed or water meal that should grow, why don't you use lights?

Elliriyanna
07-13-2014, 09:54 PM
because a lot of reasons ... I am not spending a ton of money on lights, or on plants, plus this tank is not standard and bettas jump so any light but this doesnt work.

Why do I NEED to try plants?

Cliff
07-13-2014, 10:11 PM
I would not think you don't "need" plants. They can help a set-up by helping maintain water parameters and provide a more natural environment for your fish.

As long as your fish has enough light to find food and entertain him/herself in the tank and your water parameters are fine, you should be OK.

aquariumlover10
07-13-2014, 11:37 PM
You don't need them but they will help with oxogen, filtration, and the fish and the snail will be happier because they are natural

afro123
07-14-2014, 11:34 AM
No i dont think plants are neccessary
You use plants to provide oxygen and give some filteration and also help in maintaining the tank.
Plastic plants are also fine as they provide cover and maintaince needs are next to none.
If you want oxygen in the tank you can always use a airpump but since you use that with ypur sponge filter i dont think it is neccesary for one more.
The duration of the lights is up to you and i myself keep the lights on in my tank for only 6-8 hrs a day.

Elliriyanna
07-17-2014, 04:45 PM
His tank is next to a window ... I dont even hook up his lights. They were only on for the pic.

I know the benefits of plants I have tried natural plants MANY times. but when you kill them consistently they are not very helpful lol