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Old 07-27-2014, 05:54 AM   #11 
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Bacterial bloom is a common occurrence in most starter aquariums, it typically clears up within a week. It looks "foggy" and kind of grayish. Once your beneficial bacteria establishes itself, it will quickly clear. You usually wake up one day and it is gone.

As for filters, the one you have can probably work if you baffle it properly, but if you find not you can get the Azoo Palm/Mignon filter on Amazon for about 20$. It's a great filter, but you'll want some different sponges and filter media for the long run, but the black one included is great for sticking out the exit for baffling.

As for your plants, the best bet is you get some Flourite or Eco Complete for substrate, but barring that I have grown swords in large gravel like you have with strong proper lighting, good aeration, and suitable fertilising via DIY Root tabs (Osmocote+ pellets in gel capsules) - easy to make yourself. One per 6 inches lasts 6 months or more. Be aware, you'll need to keep on top of water testing when you put these in for the first week incase anything spikes, be on hand with Prime.

You will definitely have to take them out from the sponges and spread their roots well when planting. It looks like you may have a couple plantlets of each, in which case you can have them in multiple spots. They are great, my bettas and bottom dwellers love hiding in them, and my snails love to perch on the leaves.

Another plant I've found to grow wonderfully in these conditions is Hygrophila, both Compacta and the Wisteria varieties. I have grown Bacopa Cardinalis, Anubias Nana, and floaters with similar situations with slightly less rapid growth. Oh, and Ambulia grows well, too.

Unless I am wrong, the right one is Java Ferns - they can just be tied to your rock display if you'd like. Sometimes I find they don't do as well 'planted' proper, just tied to things.

Plants are awesome and all of my bettas LOVE frolicking in them, so much better & they'll help remove nitrates from your water in the long run.

Good luck :)
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Old 07-27-2014, 11:42 AM   #12 
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So sorry to hijack but I just had a quick question. I know you guys are saying its normal for a new tank to have a cloudy phase, but what about a smelly phase? My tank (3gal filtered,heated) smells so strange! Like gross even. Although, I went to do a 50% water change and got a mouthful of water when trying to get my suction going and it didn't even leave a taste in my mouth! nothing!
you need to start a new thread if you have your own question that needs answered.
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you need to start a new thread if you have your own question that needs answered.

You do realize that in the time and energy it took you to harass me, you could have just answered the question right?


Question was relevant to the subject matter, get over yourself.
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Old 07-27-2014, 11:51 AM   #14 
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Old 07-27-2014, 12:47 PM   #15 
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You do realize that in the time and energy it took you to harass me, you could have just answered the question right?


Question was relevant to the subject matter, get over yourself.
I am not harassing you, I am explaining to you how this forum works.
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Old 07-27-2014, 12:51 PM   #16 
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THank you all for the help! my plants slowly died off so im getting new ones :( I'm also ordering some of the DIY root tabs as Panda suggested and an air pump just for extra oxygen for the plants. I just got a heater for my tank also and left it at around 80 f.
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What would you guys suggest for algae control? what tank mates that eat algae that is safe with bettas?
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WELCOME!!!!!!!!

First off take those plants out of those pots. For the filter, a tetra whisper 3i (that is the name i think), are very good for small tanks.
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I read that the tetra whisper filters are notorious for catching and ripping betta fins. Anybody have any experience with this or heard of this?
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