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Old 01-24-2012, 09:00 PM   #1
 
planted invert betta

I am mostly a marine guy but i want to work on a fw project. My budget and my space is small. I would like to create a heavily planted tank for inverts and a betta. assume i should look in the area of 2 gallons but i am not having much luck. Astetically i like tanks that are long not tall. If you have an idea for my tank i would really appreciate it.
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Old 01-24-2012, 09:25 PM   #2
 
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petco sells a plastic 3 gal tank for 12$. its called critter keeper.
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Old 01-24-2012, 09:34 PM   #3
 
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petco sells a plastic 3 gal tank for 12$. its called critter keeper.
does it come with anything?
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Old 01-24-2012, 10:03 PM   #4
 
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I am mostly a marine guy but i want to work on a fw project. My budget and my space is small. I would like to create a heavily planted tank for inverts and a betta. assume i should look in the area of 2 gallons but i am not having much luck. Astetically i like tanks that are long not tall. If you have an idea for my tank i would really appreciate it.
would this light grow planst? Tetra Water Wonders 1.5 Gallon Aquarium Kit at PETCO
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Old 01-24-2012, 10:09 PM   #5
 
I would look around and see if you cant find a used 5 or even 10g tank cheap, for several reasons. Larger tanks are less likely to have lethal ammonia spikes, the fish are much more interesting to watch when they have room and taking care of plants in small spaces is a pain in the butt.
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Old 01-24-2012, 10:13 PM   #6
 
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I would look around and see if you cant find a used 5 or even 10g tank cheap, for several reasons. Larger tanks are less likely to have lethal ammonia spikes, the fish are much more interesting to watch when they have room and taking care of plants in small spaces is a pain in the butt.
IF i went 10 gel are there anyfish i could keep w/ a betta?
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Old 01-24-2012, 10:21 PM   #7
 
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I'm assuming some easy plants may grow but you are very limited in options. Also it will be hard to maintain since there is not alot of water. I agree you should get a larger tank. In my opinion, tanks less then 5 gallons are useless, except maybe a small shrimp only stock.

Walmart has a nice 5 gallon kit and all you would need is a 1500k light, also at walmart for just a few bucks. This will give you enough room to aquascape nicely and allow you to grow more plants.

On the 10 gallon, betta's may or may not work with other fish. It depends on the betta, and amount of hiding spaces you can create with wood and plants. You will get success stories as well as horror stories combing bettas with other fish, its a chance you would have to take, some of us wouldn't even try.

In my opinion, if your set on a betta, go 5 gallon. You can have the pants you want and some inverts. Snails would work, shrimp might be dinner. If you just want a nice active fw tank and don't need a beta, a 10 would be perfect. I have ember tetra in mine and they are very active. You can also have some small corys.

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I'm assuming some easy plants may grow but you are very limited in options. Also it will be hard to maintain since there is not alot of water. I agree you should get a larger tank. In my opinion, tanks less then 5 gallons are useless, except maybe a small shrimp only stock.

Walmart has a nice 5 gallon kit and all you would need is a 1500k light, also at walmart for just a few bucks. This will give you enough room to aquascape nicely and allow you to grow more plants.

On the 10 gallon, betta's may or may not work with other fish. It depends on the betta, and amount of hiding spaces you can create with wood and plants. You will get success stories as well as horror stories combing bettas with other fish, its a chance you would have to take, some of us wouldn't even try.

In my opinion, if your set on a betta, go 5 gallon. You can have the pants you want and some inverts. Snails would work, shrimp might be dinner. If you just want a nice active fw tank and don't need a beta, a 10 would be perfect. I have ember tetra in mine and they are very active. You can also have some small corys.
thanks , i really appreciate your insight, icant seem to find that walmart kit but it sounds REALLY nice, could i please have a link?
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Old 01-24-2012, 10:41 PM   #9
 
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thanks , i really appreciate your insight, icant seem to find that walmart kit but it sounds REALLY nice, could i please have a link?
is this the tank you were refering to and if not is that light ok?
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thanks , i really appreciate your insight, icant seem to find that walmart kit but it sounds REALLY nice, could i please have a link?
I did make a mistake, twice (so sorry, been up about 16hours on little sleep), it DOES NOT include a heater, but you can find them pretty cheap. and the bulb should be 6500k.

Walmart.com: Tetra Aquarium Starter Kit, 5 Gallons: Fish
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