I am starting with nothing, so I thought it would be fun (and educational for me) to play a little game with you more experienced and educated people.
Imagine you go back to no fish, no tanks, no plants, no nothing. Yet you have this burning desire for bettas. The tank is going in your office, where you spend waaaaaay too much time. Not a huge office, but there is a window with bright afternoon light, and little traffic.
Just for fun, let's say money isn't a limiting factor.
What would you do? What would you avoid like the plague? Extra points for wild flights of fancy, and practical advice that pertains to my situation.
I would start with a larger fluval tank and do either a very heavily planted NPT with it or make it heavily planted and add CO2. Then get a bunch of red cherry shrimps and a few tiger Endlers and possibly add a fancy HM from aquabid as a centerpiece fish.
)Just for fun, let's say money isn't a limiting factor.
You obviously have a better job than me or no significant other! lol
In my small office I have a Marineland Hex 5 on one side of my desk and a 2.5 bowfront on the other. The Marineland is far and away my favorite of all my betta tanks and would be the only tank I ever used if I could afford 6 or 7 of them!
The pump in the lid uses no space inside the tank except the slender intake tube which is easily concealed by plants. The bio wheel helps to add and maintain BB during filter changes. The flow is gentle and does not affect my betta in any way. The hex design looks nice and modern on my desk without taking up alot of room. I bring gallon jugs and only have to change one gallon of water per week so it's not a chore in my office.
The big reason.......Little Ricky loves it and got his name after my boss cause he comes to the wall nearest me and flares at me (fish not my boss lol) as if he is the boss and is saying "get back to work!"
I have this all planned out for my own cube, but can't do it because my job doesn't allow us to have fish tanks.
I would get the Mr. Aqua 12 gallon long aquarium. It's 36" long but shallow, so the betta would have so much room to explore. It would look gorgeous running along the back of my desk. I'd plant it, but nothing too high maintenance since it's my office. I can't spend every minute working on the tank. I'd plant lots of crypts and find neat pieces of driftwood to make the landscape really interesting and interactive for my betta. Small pieces of Mopani wood stacked up makes fascinating but very customizable wood shapes. I'd put in a java moss carpet along the front. I would get the 36" Marineland Double Bright LED light and a Finnex 360 cannister filter with a custom spray bar. I'd toss in a small school of otos to manage algae and, depending on the betta, some red cherry shrimp to add more movement.
That is, of course, with cost as no object. Reality? A Petco 6 gal bookshelf tank with a nice collection of crypts and mosses and some interesting things for the betta to explore. It's a great size for a desk and a great shape for a betta.
hmmm money us no limitibg factor?
I saw some pretty google images of iwagumi scapes :O
So I went out and got an ADA mini M....
Invested in a nice CO2 tank and setup as well as a first class atomiser.
Dreaming of a Uticularian Graminifolia carpet...
I would buy a radion light....
have some erios for the middle ground....
back ground plants... hmm. I dunno maybe I wont have a background.
I would probably dry start this tank...
and ofcourse, I will invest in the most beautiful betta in the world ;)
If I was to start fresh, I would start with aquascaping.
I would buy a 36 bow and start aquascaping. If I knew about it before, I would've done it first. Not sure if I would've had the patience, though, after seeing some of the fish on AB that I've seen lately. Honestly, I would really like to recreate something along the lines of the following pic for a sorority one day: