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post #1 of 20 Old 11-20-2013, 08:08 AM Thread Starter
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Setting up a betta tank - plant question!

I am setting up a 2.5 gallon betta tank today. I haven't done plants before but after some research, it seems I can do some really low light plants as long as the tank has sunlight (it'll be near a window but not in direct light). Substrate will be Pool Filter Sand. No filter but there will be a heater.

Now, my question is, I may or may not be getting the actual betta today. Will the plants be okay with no ammonia to feed them?

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post #2 of 20 Old 11-20-2013, 03:11 PM
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The plants will be fine with no ammonia/fish waste - I've run a few plant-only tanks for months on-end with no problems. You will want to grab a bottle of fertilizer for them, though - regardless of fish, I think. I use Flourish Comprehensive, by Seachem, and have found it to provide the best mix of nutrients for the plants in a liquid form. With these plants, this should be all you need, and they sell it at all the chain stores (around here, anyway)

Low light plants such as Anubias, Java Fern, and Java moss should do really well in a setup like this. If your tank HAS a light fixture, you should be able to get a full-spectrum bulb for it, which would be allow you to keep a bit of a larger variety of plants, but those I mentioned above seem (to me!) to be the lowest of the low as far as lighting requirements are concerned.

I'm sure someone else will be by to give you more experienced input, but I hope this helps! Good luck with the setup - and don't forget to show pics!!!
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post #3 of 20 Old 11-20-2013, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
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I'll pick up some Flourish next week. I didn't buy a light and it's waaay too dark in there. Hopefully I can get one tomorrow. /:

I did end up getting a fish, however. A lovely little betta and a Nerite snail friend. (:
I'm going to make a journal thread as soon as I find a light that doesn't require being plugged in.

The 10 is going to get broken down and the 75 won't see water anytime soon. We're moving in 6-8 months and I don't want to JUST have my tanks establishing and have to break them down and move them. It sucks. /: But now I can put my money towards a puppy or into the future tank fund.
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post #5 of 20 Old 11-21-2013, 08:31 AM
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Hooray pics! He's so pretty - and so is the kitty! I love Zebra Nerite snails, too! I'm sure they have names? Nice piece of driftwood - the tank looks REALLY good!!! I hope you find a light that works for it!

I can't blame you for waiting to set up the tanks until after the move. A move is hard enough without moving fish, and I'm thinking you'll have your hands full with other things, as well by then *GRINS*

Can't wait for your journal thread on this pretty little tank, and for the future when you DO get that 75 set up and running! It's going to be a fun and exciting 2014 for you, I think!
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post #6 of 20 Old 11-21-2013, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
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I'm going to keep the ten up. I'm breaking it down and re-cycling it. Then I'll get my eel and I'll keep my two small tanks before the move. My eel will go in the 75 as soon as we move and I get the filters for it.
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Yikes! Will the eel be okay in a 10 for that long? I really don't know much about their care, but I know keeping a soon-to-be big animal in a small tank when they're young and growing quickly can have a detrimental effect on their future growth and health. Might be worth setting up that 75g after all - or holding off on the eel until after the move, if that's possible. Maybe something to look farther into if you haven't already?
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post #8 of 20 Old 11-21-2013, 09:24 AM Thread Starter
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They grow about 6" a year. I'm going to get a 4 inch eel so she'll only be about 7" when we move. She has to be in the small tank Until she's eating well anyways. Trying to feed a tiny eel in a huge tank can prove problematic.
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post #9 of 20 Old 11-21-2013, 09:32 AM Thread Starter
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Not to mention you have to subtract however long the tank takes to cycle.
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post #10 of 20 Old 11-21-2013, 10:16 AM
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Works for me! I meant no offense - as I said, I know nothing about 'monster' fish! Love those eels, though. Can't wait to see her whenever she arrives!
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