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post #11 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-06-2013, 07:06 PM
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Wow! stunning. Your betta is beautiful and so is your tank. Great job.
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Thanks Firefly85 and Fishybitty!

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I love your tank and your betta is gorgous! I am starting a 5.5g NPT this week (hopefully). Can I ask how much soil/sand you have? I was thinking 1 inch soil and 1/2 inch sand based on OFL's sticky but wanted to get some advice from someone who has done this...I just want to do it right! Thanks :D
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Thanks! I aimed for what OFL recommended... but ended up with 1-1/2" dirt with about 3/4" sand. So far, so good... plants are doing well and so is Tristan. Unfortunately the shrimp didn't make it... at least 2 of them didn't anyway. Don't know why. :(

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Did you just use ghost shrimp? I've heard that they can be pretty fragile...

Did you wet down the soil before you put the sand on top? I just bought some black sand at Petco and plan on rinsing it before I put it in there. The biggest thing I'm worried about now is planting and trying to keep the layers from mixing! I don't have those fancy planting tweezers so I plan on just using my fingers :/ I'm really excited about it though, I hope my tank looks as good as yours!
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I love your set up, and your betta is sooo beautiful...made my heart pitter patter..LOL... :D
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That is a gorgeous fish! His fins remind me of my Irving's fins, very long and fluffy! But recently he has started to bite his tail, I sure hope Tristan doesn't do that
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Did you just use ghost shrimp? I've heard that they can be pretty fragile...

Did you wet down the soil before you put the sand on top? I just bought some black sand at Petco and plan on rinsing it before I put it in there. The biggest thing I'm worried about now is planting and trying to keep the layers from mixing! I don't have those fancy planting tweezers so I plan on just using my fingers :/ I'm really excited about it though, I hope my tank looks as good as yours!
I'm not sure about the shrimp. I asked for Amanos at my LFS, but they didn't have any. They just said these were algae eating shrimp. I do have Red Cherry Shrimp, but just don't have the heart to add them to my Betta tanks for fear they'll become a snack, but they are in a NPT and doing great!

I found this advice from another OFL post and this is what I followed...

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I add my dirt-then add just enough water to cover-then I add my sand-I don't rinse my sand-I like to use everything dry. Then I add water-drain and repeat until clear. Then I add about 2-3 inches of water and start to plant-I already have my hard scape placed, filter, heater and check the hood for placement if one is used.Once I have everything planted-I fill with water and drain and re-fill if needed until clear."

I just barely coverd the soil with water. I also used Petco Sand... the black one and really like the way it looks. I wouldn't rinse, just do as OFL says.

I have short and long tweezers and love them. Got them on Ebay and consider them worth the investment. Also got the long curved scissors and they are wonderful for trimming.
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That is a gorgeous fish! His fins remind me of my Irving's fins, very long and fluffy! But recently he has started to bite his tail, I sure hope Tristan doesn't do that
Thanks! I hope he doesn't, but I can tell the weight of those fins are a burden for him. I usually find him resting on a plant, filter, heater or on the bottom. Ahhh... the price of beauty.

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