I have 3 panda cory cats and they're fine, but my betta is too aggressive to have in a community tank. I would stay away from pleckos as well because the ones that will stay small enough to stay in a tank that size get very aggressive towards long finned fish like bettas. You could try Otto cats, but they're very fragile fish so I would not suggest them in a tank that does not have a stable nitrogen cycle. I also did in fish cycling in my spec v, bettas are very hardy and as long as you pay attention to your chemical levels, your betta won't suffer.
If you're hell bent on having fish in with your betta, you could try African dwarf frogs. Two would be about all you could have, though. Bettas are really territorial and solitary. Other fish are more likely to stress your betta out rather than soothe him. There are exceptions to every rule though, I have seen a few bettas who did just fine in a community tank.
Let's talk about your plants. They look lovely but I would suggest as you get used to caring for your tank and fish, replace your plastic plants with live pants over time. Look for plants that do well in low light (the LEDs in the spec v aren't strong enough to keep the fussier plants going). My suggestions are marimo moss balls, java fern and amazon sword. They're hardy plants and the perks are that they'll help with the nitrates and because they'll be sucking up all the plant nutrients, you should not have much algae. Plus, your betta can chill in a natural plant with no worry of slicing his fins and tail on the sharp edges of the plastic leaves. You need to watch for fin rot as well.
Are you using a water conditioner? If you're using nutrafin chemicals and bottled bacteria, you'd be better off tossing them and buying Prime by seachem. A drop when you do a water change will do wonders.
Hello everyone!! Just found this site, and its great!! I've been out of the hobby for years, but happened across the Spec V for $63 at Petco, and said what the heck!! Anyhoo, got the tank home, got it set up, and cycled it for 2 days before adding a twin tail betta.
The pumps set on low, and was still pushing the little fella around. So I cut the bottom off a water bottle and trimmed it to look like a small "e". The open end acts as a hook for hanging it in the pump well, and it calms the water flow nicely. But my betta seems to enjoy the water flow and just swims back and forth in it. Guess he just likes flow....
Nice, I have that exact decoration in my spec III, and my betta loves swimming against the flow.
Thanks for the advice guys!! I've got the test kits, and doing checks twice a day...so far, so good. Between the Fluval moss ball, filter and the ammonia remover bag, everything is being kept in check. I picked up Prime when I got the tank from reading around. Over time I plan on getting some low light plants. And now that I think about it, I may just get a few shrimp once I start putting real plants.
Sounds like everything's going really well :D you're going to need to go for a larger breed of shrimp if you want to keep them with a betta. I tried cherries recently and they were devoured. Amano or ghost shrimp Would have a better chance. Just don't get any long armed shrimp because they have a nasty habit of tearing up flowing fins with their claws. Shrimp are also incredibly sensitive to water parameters, so I would wait at least a month. They're great little creatures though and will keep your tank very clean
Yeah, ghost shrimp seem to be the ones to go with. The tank was a little cloudy last night after 2 days, but its clearing up today. And I must say, this little fella is the most curious betta I've ever had. Most in the past have just swam around the top, and flair up once in awhile. But this guy is just starting to get comfortable with the place after being in a cup most of his life. He's all over exploring, and even cleaning up the gravel!! :) I'd forgotten how entertaining they can be.
A few pics of my Fluval Spec III that I've had for three or so weeks now. He loves it so far. If you see his top fin, yeah, it looks like most of it fell off or was ripped off somehow when he was still in his old tank, the rest of his fins look ok, and I've been doing water changes and adding stress coat to try to get him to heal up, but nothing so far. He seems ok otherwise.
Anyway, this is an awesome tank and the filter keeps the water crystal clear.
Does anyone have the Finnex FugeRay 16" light to use with their spec v? I am thinking of buying one to replace the stock light. Hoping I can use it with the cover though?
Just saw this post so I may be late with the response. I have the 16" Fugeray on a 5.5 G planted (I call it Yankee's jungle) Aqueon tank. It keeps the plants going nicely, the Crypts are trying to turn red which is an indicator of adequate lighting. I also have some wisteria and bacopa which I have had to trim twice in the two months under that light.
Inspiration hit me, and buffered the flow on my Spec V. Took some of that plastic canvas from MICHAELS, and zip tied a loop of it around the nozzle, and placed foam in it. Does a great job with the current, without any back pressure on the pump. I need to trim down a little more so it doesn't look so bad, but it works GREAT!!!