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Old 02-15-2013, 09:42 AM   #1 
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Talking 1 gallon planted fishbowl

Is this a feasable idea? Also, are the steps for making such a fishbowl different that those for say, my 29 gallon thaat I just did? I want to do this for my betta Eric whom DEMANDS that bowl...
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The main difference is going to be the frequency of water changes other than that it should pretty much be the same except obviously on a much smaller scale.
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Old 02-15-2013, 10:04 AM   #3 
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Thank you for the fast response!!!
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Old 02-15-2013, 11:01 AM   #4 
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Frequent water changes will be necessary but how are you going to keep it heated?
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Old 02-15-2013, 12:11 PM   #5 
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For a 1 gallon I would recommend for you to have minimal substrate and float all your plants.

Heating shouldn't be a problem. the usual 25w heater with an adjustable knob. fits well in a 1 gallon, be it a bowl or a tank. I have heated half gallons with 25w adjustable heaters, so it really isn't a problem.

Always test your heaters first with a reliable thermometer.

Many stem plants do great floating. guppy grass is one of my personal favorites.

Water changes should not be a problem either. I've never seen traces of nitrates nitrite or ammonia in a healthy, well planted tank. especially since a betta's bioload is quite negligible. I do recommend that you start up the tank for a week or two before putting fish in to allow the plants to settle and adjust.

Plants will need lighting, a desklamp with a 6500k cfl will be perfect.
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dwarf hairgrass and make sure to trim the roots to limit their growth so u can get a carpet of grass and not use up valuable swimming space for your betta. maybe 1 or 2 other types of foreground or middleground plant but floating plants are a good idea too i bought 2 water lettuce plants a week ago for .50 cents each and have grown, theyve now i have 4 :)
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Old 02-15-2013, 12:52 PM   #7 
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I honestly won't bother with foreground and back ground if you are doing a tank that small. especially if it's your first time.
I don't recommend dwarf hairgrass either, as they need a certain depth of substrate and decent lighting to actually spread and thrive. plus it isn't the best ammonia sink....

they also grow pretty tall for the scale of a 1 gallon :P
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[quote=aokashi;1431651]

Heating shouldn't be a problem. the usual 25w heater with an adjustable knob. fits well in a 1 gallon, be it a bowl or a tank. I have heated half gallons with 25w adjustable heaters, so it really isn't a problem.

Always test your heaters first with a reliable thermometer.



That's good to know. I thought 25w would be too much for 1 gallon but that's why I love this forum. I learn something new all the time.
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The 25 watts are much more reliable than the 10w ones that are designed for betta tanks... they're the ones you usually hear about overheating or under heating problems.
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:38 PM   #10 
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i've been using a 25 watt heater. the tank stays at 75*.
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