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Old 05-15-2012, 08:34 PM   #1 
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Lightbulb Surprise!!

Today I had to take the day off from work to drive my mom to her doctor's appointment.

When we got home it was a good 4 hours later, and there was a 1.5 Tetra start tank kit on my bed!!!!!

It's not the $60 setup I wanted for my first betta (which I wanted to wait on getting since I wanted to breed platies), but my dad said that since I've been wanting a 'fancy fish' (lol that is what he calls bettas!) he decided that a 1.5 gal would be good to start with.

Since bettas are all I talk about when we go to wal-mart or Petco -w-

I got it all set up with a few AQ stones, a rock my dad wanted to add that 'glows in the dark' in a tank (Kinda skeptical) that doubles as a small cave. I don't like the filter on it because it has too much current, and I don't have a heater yet, but I plan on getting one, but the water has been a steady 77 degrees for almost 7 hours.

I am hoping they don't suddenly drop a betta on me. I want to cycle this tank, first >.< But YES!! I'm happy and excited!!
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Old 05-15-2012, 08:39 PM   #2 
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If the tank temperature drops suddenly tomorrow I will get a heater. If it stays steady then I will anyways, just in case xD
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Old 05-15-2012, 08:41 PM   #3 
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You can't really cycle a 1.5 gallon. So don't bother with that, but congratz with your new tank! What a nice present.

If the filter turns out to be too much of a fuss to baffle, I would just remove it. 1.5 filtered and 1.5 non-filtered tank have almost the same water change schedules anyways. Yes, a heater ASAP, so just go get the heater and find a lovely Betta to give a home to.
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Old 05-15-2012, 08:42 PM   #4 
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If you aren't going to have the filter on, it won't cycle. It's doubtful that a tank that small would hold a cycle anyway. I'd say that as soon as you have your heater, it's ready for your fish. :)
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Old 05-15-2012, 08:49 PM   #5 
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Thats great! I also wouldn't bother with trying to cycle it. And get a heater and a beautiful betta! I can't wait to see the pic. Don't forget to post pictures!
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Old 05-15-2012, 08:58 PM   #6 
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Well I guess that's one less step into preparation. Was kinda looking forward to it xD But It's fine!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/79692583@N07/7206881468/

For some reason the upload got messed up, but this is what it looks like! I may replace the rocks with something else though. I need something to keep my betta from getting bored x.x Also going to add some silk plants :o

EDIT: Fixed picture with a new one :D The tank looks so empty right now...
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Old 05-15-2012, 09:19 PM   #7 
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it would look lovely with sand and some of those rocks on top of it
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Old 05-15-2012, 09:26 PM   #8 
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it would look lovely with sand and some of those rocks on top of it
Just make sure if you use sand you don't use saltwater tank sand. I just spent the day rinsing the stuff out of my 26 gal tank.

But your tank looks great as it is, too! I like the big rock. It would be easy to keep clean and change the water with just the stones on the bottom.
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Old 05-16-2012, 01:56 AM   #9 
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I think a java fern would finish it off nicely. :)
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Old 05-16-2012, 03:41 AM   #10 
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Somecute little moss balls! The nano ones would look really cute in little tanks like that, and I agree, java fern would look awesome in there!
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