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Thank you very much Choclate :D I'll get some for my plants! Yay!
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It says its best to add a layer of substrate over the plant sustrate.
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It says its best to add a layer of substrate over the plant sustrate.
That'll require a bit of digging. What about filter plants? Are they good just being in the filter?
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Hmm cories would be good. They are so much entertainment, and they don't bother your betta as they are bottom feeders and bettas stay at the top or middle. Also you could add some shrimp. I have a few ghosties in my sorority tank and once my girls got used to them (like 2 days) they stopped noticing them and both go on their way without a worry in the world.
If your tank is established you could also add some oto's they are pretty peaceful and don't bother the betta's either.
I've been dreaming off adding ADF's to my tank, but I'm already at stocking level in all my tanks.

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Not all Cories are bottom feeders. Pygmies are considered mid swimmers.
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Now this is the thing I'm wondering about. Because it is under stocked I'm concerned that there isn't enough ammonia to make it cycle but I did use an old filter (it was being used last literally five minutes before it got onto this tank) with new media but an old sponge thing that was covered in yummy BB from my goldies. So I guess it's sort of cycled? When I checked the levels I had 0 ammonia and nitrites and 10-20ppm nitrates.
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Pothos in Filter helps with Nitrate. Live plants really help with water quality.
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Pothos in Filter helps with Nitrate. Live plants really help with water quality.
Is there any special method to adding them in? I just set them in there for now.


This is what I have in the betta filter. No idea what it is.
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Depends on the species. The ones I use I dont have to remove anything. I am planning on tring an Arrowhead which what I am pretty sure you have.
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Corydoras are nice and I have success keeping 4 with my male betta in a planted 10 gallon. They are extremely docile and just mind their own business roaming the bottom of the tank. They will sometimes go up to the surface and take a breath like bettas do. They also have really cool eyes and can "blink" by rotating them into their sockets to remove debris...I seem them do this all the time its weird looking lol.
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