10-09-2010, 10:49 PM
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A little pic update of my betta tank with the live plants. I added the second light bulb the other day because the swords weren't growing hardly at all. In just three days they've gotten bigger. Most of them are doing alright. On a couple of them, the leaves are starting to turn brown. I think it might just been too crowded, too many swords, not enough room. I'm headed to the pet store tomorrow, maybe next weekend depending on a couple of things, and three of the swords will be transplanted to another 10 gallon. When they eventually out grow the 10s and I feel like I have a better idea of what I'm doing then they'll be transplanted to the 45 gallon I have.
Most of the Wisteria are doing great. Two of them have really taken off, the others not so much. Only two out of the six haven't grown much at all and they're all in the same area. I'm still having a huge problem with algae growth on that side of the tank. I'm sure I'll start to get some on the swords' side as well in a couple of days. Algae is even starting to grow on the gravel on the left side of the tank. I have the light on for 7 to 8 hours a day, and they're 10 watt florescent bulbs. I'm not going to bother cleaning it off. I've ordered a zebra nerite snail off of sweetaquatics.com and it will hopefully take care of the algae problem. It will have plenty of food when it gets here, that's for sure. And don't worry, I have plenty of algae wafers since they can't survive on algae from the glass and gravel alone.
Since the plants are starting to grow my betta has become more active again and isn't sulking anymore. Hopefully he'll get along with the snail but he's a pretty chilaxed fish so I don't think it will be a problem. If the betta does pick on the snail, then I'll put it in my 45 gallon. There isn't as much algae growth because I don't have the light on as often (only an hour or two at night because it's pretty) and it's only a 17 watt in a 45 gallon tall, but with enough algae wafers and some blanched veggies I'm sure he or she will be fine.