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post #1 of 14 Old 02-28-2010, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
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6.6G Betta tank

Well here it is, the new home of my next betta male(my old one died at the age of 3 years ).
6.6gallons tank, sand, rocks, filter(eheim) and a ton of lemna minor+pistia on the surface. Unfortunetly since the surface is full of lemna minor i can't plant stuff so he will need to be happy with the sand and rocks :).
Don't think that low light in the tank will affect the betta as they do come from swampy areas(well rice paddys and such) where light isn't really great.
Got my eye on a orange male, great colors, great look.
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post #2 of 14 Old 02-28-2010, 03:30 PM
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Nice. Be careful of those rocks. Make sure they have no rough edges. One way to test it is to run a nylon stocking over the rocks. If it snags, your betta's tail can get snagged on it as well. If you want my opinion, I say remove some of the floating plants (some not all) and plant a few plants in the substrate. Betta's love to swim in and out of plants, rest of them, and use them for cover. You can also get some java fern or anubias nana to tie to some rocks (these need to be anchored to something and should not be buried in the gravel). This is just my opinion. Either way, I think your new betta will be a very happy one
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post #3 of 14 Old 02-28-2010, 06:11 PM
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Agree with Lisa. I'd want a sizeable surface area open somewhere at the top so Mr. Betta could easily come up for a breath. Nice looking rocks, as long as there are no sharp edges. Where does one find "lemna minor+pistia"? It looks like a really nice floating plant, I can't say I've ever seen it before.

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If you turn your head upside down, it looks like a bunch of meteors about to crash into a meadow.

I like the layout of the rocks, but I agree that some plants on the bottom would be a good thing. Some low-light plants (perhaps aided by removing some of the floating plants) would look really nice.

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post #5 of 14 Old 03-01-2010, 12:41 PM Thread Starter
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The rocks are not sharp, they only look :).
I've been using this rock type for a long time and i never had problems, they come from a mountain lake near my city and are great got tanks as far as i can tell.
Lemna minor+pistia?
Pistia(water cabbage)

Lemna minor:

About the clearing in the surface that is a mamoth task as lemna minor being a very small plant has a way of always getting where it wants. I tried making a clearing in the middle or the sides but it always found a way in... I'll see what ic an come up with.
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post #6 of 14 Old 03-02-2010, 03:09 AM
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I understand how annoying that can be, as I've got water lettuce in a few tanks that grows like crazy. If you thin it out just a bit, it lets a lot more light through even though what remains in the tank does spread back out to cover the surface in short order.

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post #7 of 14 Old 03-02-2010, 05:42 AM
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Well here it is, the new home of my next betta male(my old one died at the age of 3 years ).
6.6gallons tank, sand, rocks, filter(eheim) and a ton of lemna minor+pistia on the surface. Unfortunetly since the surface is full of lemna minor i can't plant stuff so he will need to be happy with the sand and rocks :).
Don't think that low light in the tank will affect the betta as they do come from swampy areas(well rice paddys and such) where light isn't really great.
Got my eye on a orange male, great colors, great look.
Thoughts?


My hat is off to you for providing suitable enviornment for your Betta. All betta's should be so lucky.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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post #8 of 14 Old 03-02-2010, 08:36 AM
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Try using a fish net to scoop out extra floating plants. Might make it easier to thin out that way. It will spread out again, but less plants floating equals more light reaching the bottom.
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post #9 of 14 Old 03-02-2010, 10:31 AM Thread Starter
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It needs better light anyway... At the moment i am using a desk lamp with a osram bulb but i need something that can spread light more even. Even if the light does provide 60W it's more of a spot than a spread light so going for some osram neon(s) this week. Going to do some DIY sistem to keep the neon at the right height, will post some step by step pics in case anyone might be interested in how it's done.
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post #10 of 14 Old 03-02-2010, 10:39 AM
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Great. Looking forward to seeing it.
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