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Old 03-14-2013, 12:31 AM   #21 
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Nice to see the new tank...

BUT.

You are overstocked. Otos are group fish and happiest with 5 or more of their own kind. You don't have the capacity to cope with a) their bioload or b) their space demands. They are frequently wild-caught with cyanide, and it can be hard to wean them onto aquarium foods, so be careful with that, too. Their bioload, combined with that of the snail, means you need to be doing plenty of extra water changes.

This next is a very minor point, but I would suggest moving the betta hammock closer to the top of the tank so that Avalon (love that name!) can rest near the surface. :)

Also, I don't know if the Fluval has a lid, but make sure you get one if not, to prevent jumping escapees, either of the shrimp or betta variety. :)

Good luck!
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Old 03-14-2013, 06:55 AM   #22 
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shrimp jump?!? what.
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Old 03-14-2013, 06:58 AM   #23 
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Shrimp jump like you wouldn't believe. It's a pain. :p
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:10 AM   #24 
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oh my god. I wonder if any of mine jumped out. Since I moved them into the bathroom I kept the lid off the KK to allow the bathroom lights access into the dark miserable tank (until I can get a battery operated light).... Oh no. I hope I don't find any shrivelled shrimp!
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Old 03-14-2013, 12:25 PM   #25 
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Nice to see the new tank...

BUT.

You are overstocked. Otos are group fish and happiest with 5 or more of their own kind. You don't have the capacity to cope with a) their bioload or b) their space demands. They are frequently wild-caught with cyanide, and it can be hard to wean them onto aquarium foods, so be careful with that, too. Their bioload, combined with that of the snail, means you need to be doing plenty of extra water changes.

This next is a very minor point, but I would suggest moving the betta hammock closer to the top of the tank so that Avalon (love that name!) can rest near the surface. :)

Also, I don't know if the Fluval has a lid, but make sure you get one if not, to prevent jumping escapees, either of the shrimp or betta variety. :)

Good luck!
She does have live plants though, along with a filter. I would just get a few extra fast growing plants and you should be ok. I love the rock!
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Old 03-14-2013, 03:08 PM   #26 
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I was going to comment on the otos as well. They do need to be in groups of 5 at least because they are schoaling fish. They are also hard to feed or at least harder than corys for example, which by the way also need a minimum of 5 in a group. I'd rehome the otos and stick to the shrimp.
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Old 03-14-2013, 04:04 PM   #27 
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WhiteMage, otos have a higher bioload than her plants will be able to make up for.
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Old 03-14-2013, 05:21 PM   #28 
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hey thanks for the tips! All fish seem to be doing great the otos are eating the algae and veggie rounds, same with the shrimp. I do not have a place to relocate the otos so they are staying but i dont mind doing water changes more than id have to. I put the hammock more towards the top for avalon. So far ive noticed the two amano shrimp like to kick it together near the grassy plant and moss ball, while the otos kinda stay seperated but at night they are swimming together. I am looking into redoing the tank within a month or two, I'd rather have driftwood in there instead of the fake rock. When i do this i will also most likely get some substrate underneath the rock, and some other types of plants. Any suggestions on type of substrate and plants that would be beneficial for my setup?

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Old 03-14-2013, 05:41 PM   #29 
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Shrimp definitely do jump, so be super careful! My first ghost shrimp suicide leapt out of the Petsmart employee's net and hit the floor, and died from the impact. It was tragic. The most recent ghost shrimp I had, a really tiny one, was really jumpy! My female betta would play "hide and seek tag" (or more properly known as "get back here, I'm hungry"), and he would run and jump all over the place. I'd hear splashing in my tank and tap on the glass to make her stop chasing him.
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Old 03-21-2013, 02:49 PM   #30 
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Alright so I found some driftwood walking up from the beach after a surf session cured it all that good stuff. I got some API CO2 Booster, API Leaf Zone, API Accu-Clear, and API Quick Start. I also went out before i put the driftwood in and grabbed an anubias nana, java fern, and some cryp wendtii (to see if i could grow it). There all planted in my tank and my betta (Avalon), shrimp, and my ottos seem to be doing great! Its only been 2 days since I put the new plants in and all is well, some of the cryps have melted a little but thats about it.
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