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Old 04-07-2011, 05:09 PM   #991 
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I want to set up just a plant aquarium with no fish, maybe some shrimp. i'm thinking a 5 gallon set up would be an okay size. Would the substrate i pick depend on the plants? any advice on which plants are easiest to maintain.
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Old 04-07-2011, 10:32 PM   #992 
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I want a marimo ball, but according to Petsmart they require at least a 20 gallon tank. I have a 10 gallon. Is this true?
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Old 04-07-2011, 11:45 PM   #993 
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I want a marimo ball, but according to Petsmart they require at least a 20 gallon tank. I have a 10 gallon. Is this true?
Nope, not true. :)
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Nope, not true. :)
Cool. I will get one soon then.
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what is normal betta fish behavior?
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Old 04-09-2011, 03:08 PM   #996 
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Normal as far as what? My fish is very active swimming around although he will hide if he gets startled. At feeding times, he comes right to the top where I feed him. He flared a lot when he was first settling in but I haven't seen him flare the last couple of weeks much. He has built a bubble nest but it's not a frequent thing for him. During his quiet times, he likes to hang out in his plants.
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I want to set up just a plant aquarium with no fish, maybe some shrimp. i'm thinking a 5 gallon set up would be an okay size. Would the substrate i pick depend on the plants? any advice on which plants are easiest to maintain.
I'd expect the requirements for a planted aquarium are similar whether it's a betta or a shrimp tank. I've got gravel in my tank with java fern, aquatic wisteria and bacopa. The java fern is weighted down, not planted, but both the wisteria and bacopa are planted in the gravel. The java fern has new leaves since the fish went in the tank. I haven't been using any root tabs or fertilizer, but without any fish or shrimp, that might be something you'd have to add. Certain plants are probably more greedy about having those extra nutrients.

I think there are some plants that do better with sand, but I don't know enough about sand bottomed aquariums to advise you.
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I'd expect the requirements for a planted aquarium are similar whether it's a betta or a shrimp tank. I've got gravel in my tank with java fern, aquatic wisteria and bacopa. The java fern is weighted down, not planted, but both the wisteria and bacopa are planted in the gravel. The java fern has new leaves since the fish went in the tank. I haven't been using any root tabs or fertilizer, but without any fish or shrimp, that might be something you'd have to add. Certain plants are probably more greedy about having those extra nutrients.

I think there are some plants that do better with sand, but I don't know enough about sand bottomed aquariums to advise you.
Hygrophila needs fine substrates and does well in sand, though is often considered "easy", which is why it usually dies in new aquariest s tanks :)

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I'd expect the requirements for a planted aquarium are similar whether it's a betta or a shrimp tank. I've got gravel in my tank with java fern, aquatic wisteria and bacopa. The java fern is weighted down, not planted, but both the wisteria and bacopa are planted in the gravel. The java fern has new leaves since the fish went in the tank. I haven't been using any root tabs or fertilizer, but without any fish or shrimp, that might be something you'd have to add. Certain plants are probably more greedy about having those extra nutrients.

I think there are some plants that do better with sand, but I don't know enough about sand bottomed aquariums to advise you.
Thanks, i ordered some java fern and am going to find something, stones most likely to anchor it to. I want wisteria but everything i looked at in the petstore was awful, i'll have to check out a garden store. i also bought plant food so i can add it to the water. with no fish i figured i'd need somewhere for the plants to get nutrients.

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Hygrophila needs fine substrates and does well in sand, though is often considered "easy", which is why it usually dies in new aquariest s tanks :)
I'll look into hygrophila as i have black 'sandy' substrate. i can't remember the brand i bought but it's fine.
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Question about cycling. My levels are ammonia 0ppm, nitrites 0ppm, and nitrates 5ppm. Does this mean I have finally completed cycling my tank? And how long should I wait to make sure it is stable before adding my fish to it?

Also, I have be using aquarium salt to help with his tail biting. It helped for awhile but now he has bitten off what had healed and more. He had fin rot after the first go around with it. Do I need to continue to use the salt to prevent fin rot again until he stops or do I stop and use it if I see it again? I feel he will do better in his big tank. *sigh*
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