Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: North Central, OH
1. I wouldnt re sanitize it. If you're betta is moving into the NPT and he doesnt have any health issues i'd move them as is just in case there is some BB.
2. Not subwassertang, but I worked with pellia which I've heard is very similar. It's a huge mess. You've got to tie it down with fishing line so it'll eventually root (unless you want it floating, but you'll probably lose it to your filter that way) even when you tie it alot will come loose. I think its a huge pain but I'm sure theres somebody on here that likes it and can help you with it.
3. to baffle it you will need pantyhose and filter floss (the white stuff that holds the carbon on the inside, you can buy it just as the white stuff) - you will want to shove filter floss into the intake and anwhere you can fit it, and if the outflow is too much you'll want to put it by the output too. Then stick the panty hose around the outside of the intake so nothing gets sucked inside.
4. 15 watts is perfect for a 5 gallon. (as long as its flourescent or LED, I've never had luck with incandescent) You will want to make sure the bulbs are 6500K or you can go for full spectrum if you cant find the K value.
Also, I think you should add some stem plants to your list. Once the tank is established then you can start removing the stems and move in rooted plants, but its suggested to start out with mostly stems, you are supposed to cover 75% of the substrate with plants for a successful NPT. -- theres actually a sticky that OFL wrote in the planted betta tanks section on this site..
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