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post #11 of 43 Old 04-22-2012, 04:51 PM
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Nope, tetra are very active fish and need lot's of room to zoom around. :)
A bright red betta looks stunning in a planted tank.

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post #12 of 43 Old 04-22-2012, 04:54 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, well I think that that will be my fish unless I decide on getting a bigger tank:)

How many ghost shrimp should go in there? Do they multiply fast and if so, how do I keep their numbers at bay?
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post #13 of 43 Old 04-22-2012, 04:58 PM
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I'd get 6ish.. I don't think you will have overpopulation- the betta takes care of most of the babies. :)

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Haha! Those will be his little snacks! I hope that my hc will do good with 3 watts/gallon and a nice plant substrate The tank doesnt have a lid, will the shrimp climb out?
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The shrimp won't climb out, they know they're goners out of water.
But any tank with a betta NEEDS a lid, so you are going to have to find something, as some betta are passionate jumpers. A lid also greatly reduces evaporation.

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What about this tank? It has a top but I don't know about the lighting. I researched and many people like led lighting for their plants. Does this led have enough watt or k? It sais it has 12 k white

http://www.petco.com/product/117299/...t=OnSiteSearch

Then there is this one: Fluval EBI Nano Shrimp Kit at PETCO . but i researched it and it only has 13 watt florescent lighting will is less than 2 watts per gallon.

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What about this tank? It has a top but I don't know about the lighting. I researched and many people like led lighting for their plants. Does this led have enough watt or k? It sais it has 12 k white

Ecoxotic EcoPico Desktop Fish Aquarium at PETCO

Then there is this one: Fluval EBI Nano Shrimp Kit at PETCO . but i researched it and it only has 13 watt florescent lighting will is less than 2 watts per gallon.

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The tank in the first link is 5 gallons. That in the second is almost 8 gallons. I cannot comment on the LED lighting because I've never seen these. But if the second tank has 13w of fluorescent (not LED), that should be sufficient. Watts per gallon is almost meaningless, it depends upon the intensity of the light and then the spectrum.

And to the ammonia issue from an earlier post, do not add any type of ammonia to the tank when planted. I woould use a good fertilizer like Seachem's Flourish Comprehensive Supplement or Brightwell Aquatics' FlorinMulti. Both do contain nitrogen (ammonium) and will tide the plants over until the fish is in. You will likely want to continue the liquid fertilizer after anyway. As waste settles into the substrate, ammonia and CO2 will occur naturally from that too.

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So 13 watts would be enough for dwarf hairgrass and especially for dwarf baby tears?
I'm just using lighting and substrate.

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So 13 watts would be enough for dwarf hairgrass and especially for dwarf baby tears?
I'm just using lighting and substrate.

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Not sure. These plants require brighter lighting than most, and that also means more nutrients and likely CO2.

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Well, do you know any good light that can clamp onto glass? I see all these good bulbs for sale but I don't know how people put them in their cases or how they use them!

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