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That's cool! I am hoping to plant a betta tank if I can convince my mom to let me go buy my own betta and supplies. :P I have a tank at my dad's, but the fish get really stressed (mostly the platies) whenever I clean or take them out to redecorate so scratching the fake plants and doing a NPT is not an option there.
That's great, bettas love planted tanks! If you do it, just make sure you get some decent lights (in my experience, that is the key) and that way you shouldn't have any problems growing the less demanding plants.

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I though of doing that with my 20G but I find divided tanks are a PITA to gravel siphon ( I have 2 10G's divided 3 ways).

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Well I know some people cleverly put it in the middle and hide it with large plants. I think I'm going to try to put the heater in the middle and maybe use two filters, one in each corner. But first I'm going to put the heater in one corner and see how much of a difference I get in temperature on both ends of the tank. Alternatively, I have 4-6 small sponge filters I got cheap off ebay, so if I think the flow isn't very good then I'll just put one in each section and connect them all together.
I think if it were me, I would put 2 or 3 sponge filters in there, that way they all get good circulation. I know for my divided tanks, I have a HOB filter in the corner with the heater and the other compartments tend to not be as clean - especially the one on the other end.

SOme driftwood and Anubias would look lovely in there.

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I though of doing that with my 20G but I find divided tanks are a PITA to gravel siphon ( I have 2 10G's divided 3 ways).

I think if it were me, I would put 2 or 3 sponge filters in there, that way they all get good circulation. I know for my divided tanks, I have a HOB filter in the corner with the heater and the other compartments tend to not be as clean - especially the one on the other end.

SOme driftwood and Anubias would look lovely in there.

Thanks for the advice! I think I will do that

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Just keeping track of the cycling...

Day 1:

Ammonia - 5 ppm
Nitrite - 0 ppm

Day 3:

Ammonia - 5 ppm
Nitrite - 2 ppm

Day 5:

Ammonia - 4-5 ppm
Nitrite - 2-5 ppm
Nitrate - 20 ppm


I heard that raising the temperature helps cycle faster? I don't have a heater in right now but I know the temp stays around 78 F in the tank. I think I might gradually bump it up to 85 F.

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Day 9:

Ammonia - 2 ppm (Time to bump it up)
Nitrite - 2-5 ppm
Nitrate - 80 ppm (Time for water change!)

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Cool! I think it will turn out great.
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