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Old 05-11-2012, 09:02 AM   #1 
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Zen themed tanks?

I'm thinking of doing my betta tank as a zen type tank with minimalist design but enough to keep my new little man/lady stimulated. I was thinking sand substrate, a moss ball or 2 (more if nano). A couple of Bunches of larger leafed plants with a plant pot in the middle for a hiding spot. And I'd like some very light air bubbles in the centre. Does anyone have anything like this? To give me inspiration? :) pics welcome ;)
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Old 05-11-2012, 10:18 AM   #2 
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Maybe something like this? (nothing special I know lol) neutral colours, big leafy natural looking plants, and maybe a shell ornament that opens when the air pump blows some air through?I know pets at home have them!(or did a couple of weeks back)
The cave I think would be nice if you had a sort of mossy floor on it?not sure if there is a plant like that?
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Old 05-11-2012, 10:27 AM   #3 
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I googled this out of curiosity and found some interesting ones





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Old 05-11-2012, 10:50 AM   #4 
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I just did the same and found this instead...
http://www.petlanddiscounts.com/deta...duct_id=523100
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Old 05-11-2012, 11:37 AM   #5 
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Takashi Amano! One of his designs is above.
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For a well balanced tank, follow the golden rule of thirds. Keep things (moss balls) in groups of 3, 5 and 7.
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Old 05-11-2012, 06:51 PM   #6 
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This is my tank, except I don't have the neons in there anymore, they were moved to a ten gallon last night :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OczV0...hannel&list=UL

Enjoy!
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Old 05-11-2012, 09:28 PM   #7 
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http://www.acumenaquatics.com/gallery.html 4th tank down. :) There is a lovely buddha tucked away in the right. I have the same one in my planted zen-esque tank (though it's probably too heavily planted to be a proper Zen tank) and I love it. :)
Also, I know we aren't supposed to recommend other forums, so please don't take this as a recommendation, but if you visit fishlore and look the member Lea, she has photos of the multiple stages of that Zen tank in her albums. :) It has changed a lot over the years, but has always been beautiful.
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Old 05-12-2012, 09:56 AM   #8 
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This is my tank, except I don't have the neons in there anymore, they were moved to a ten gallon last night :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OczV0...hannel&list=UL

Enjoy!
That's it! I love it! That's the sort of thing I'm thinking. I just think solid read veil tail bettas look beautiful in the zen/japanese minimalist look.

I like the putting things in threes idea. That's what I was planning, I always think the 3 stones on top of eachother decorations you can get look amazing. I found some lush pictures of a proffessionally designed tank that had 3 moss balls wth a budha as the centerpeice and it has lillies growing out of it. Looked amazing but wether the lillies would just rot I dunno. Thanks for all the inspiration!
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Old 05-12-2012, 03:52 PM   #9 
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Yea I got every single thing in/on that tank from petsmart, lol. Yea I wanted to try sand as a new substrate but I wanted to see how I could manage it on a smaller scale before setting up my 25 gallon once I move.

I don't know if you could see but I also have a bubble wand in the very back completely under the sand and the tube pressed into a corner with a suction on it to keep it in place.

I was going to put my newest betta Ty in this tank but when I first got him for Thailand he was terrified of the big space so I bought a Marineland 3 gallon for him and he loves it, lol.

The cories absolutely love LOVE the sand haha always kicking up sand onto the black rocks.

Well, I am glad I was able to give you an idea for your dream zen tank and I hope you do an update when it's all complete and looking good :)
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Old 05-12-2012, 04:59 PM   #10 
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http://www.bettafish.com/showthread....08#post1078608 had a pic of the tank before anything has gone in it. Will begin on tuesday. :)

My cories love love love sand! Best thing I ever did was switch to sand instead of fine gravel.
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