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Yes I do have a light but it's one I bought at K-mart, will have to invest in a decent one.

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It's a nice looking tank, love the simplicity.
The light may or may not be enough for the plant, depending on the watts (?)
and that may be the reason it doesn't flourish, not the substrate.
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I think it's just a 12w globe... so yes, I will probably need to upgrade that too.

I do have some more plants coming.. a sword one I'll put to the side and some smaller ones (not sure of the name) to put in the foreground. I had trouble getting the plant to stay in the sand so used the rock to help make it stay put. I'll also get a black background for it I think and if it's not too much I'd love some moss growing over the rock one day.. but it might not need it.
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Okay so update on Electro, my new heater arrived today and it's huge.. way too big for the tank so I am off shopping for a new tank. There's a place that sells them second hand so I'm going to go try and get a good quality tank there. I also need a decent light asap as the plant is beginning to wilt so the current light is definitely not cutting it.

I'm bidding on one for $10 on e-bay so lets hope that 1. I win it and 2. my plant survives until it gets here.

According to my new thermometer (spelling?) my tank is definitely too cold. There's a testing kit on e-bay for $30 as well so I'll get one of those next. Is it just me or is fishkeeping an expensive hobby? lol

Once I get the set up right it should be relatively inexpensive. Bloodworm treats are on my shopping list too once everything is set up.

I have new plants coming in the mail soon so I'll have to get cracking. My advice to anyone going to buy a fish.. please do your research first, don't just buy one and shove them in a tank and expect all to be great.

Also, curious thought.. I have no idea if my betta is male or female. Anyone know how to tell the difference?

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Post a pic, lots of people here will be able to identify.


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I just googled some information and he's more than likely a male, plus he does flare so pretty sure he is.
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Okay, glad to hear you figured it out


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Electro's new tank!! Warming up as we speak... it has to be double the size of his old tank, I have no idea how many litres/gallons it is yet. Got to be at least 20 litres. I definitely added 50% new water. Electro will love his new space! Poor guy is in the plastic bag as I'm warming the water, hopefully that will mean less shock for him. I really don't know how he is surviving all this.

So the tank looks pretty bare now, I put in a little tunnel at the back for him to hide in. He normally hides behind the rock but it will be a little close to the heater now and I don't want him stuck! The water temperature is currently at 64 degrees, bit chilly for him but unfortunately that's what he has been living in. Luckily I found this forum. I'm heating it to 79 degrees now, and may take it up to 82 degrees next week.

When I was looking at the second hand fish tanks I told the lady it was for a betta fighting fish and she told me all about how they can live in these little small tanks because they used to live in puddles etc... was at least able to tell her nooo they need big tanks and are tropical. I felt so smart, but really you guys all are.

Next stop e-bay for a light and a full testing kit. Then I guess it will be some fertiliser for the plant!
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Oh, that's a lovely looking tank! Your betta will be so happy!
I'm glad you're taking such great care of your fishy :D


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Actually Mars you are right.. I've just released him from the bag and the tank has just hit 71 degrees well Electro has perked up and is swimming actively all over the tank, I've never seen him this active! Hopefully the water testing will come back and show the tank water is okay (I at least know it has no ammonia) I just cannot believe the difference in this fish! Hopefully now his fins will grow back.

And I don't kill the plant.. hehe. Need to learn about these plants next.
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