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Old 03-14-2013, 09:38 PM   #1 
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From 3 gallons to 5 gallons. From fake to NPT. (Warning: Lots of Pictures!)

So Chronos and Echo were living peacefully in their respective 3 gallon tanks. We converted both of them to NPTs and even got 3 Amano Shrimp for each tank. However, it seemed the LED lights just weren't cutting it for some of the plants. We also had 2 shrimp commit suicide by leaping out of the holes in the lid. One was killed by a cat and the other dried up on the floor. :( I knew I needed better lights, and I knew I didn't want to lose any more shrimp. What's a girl to do?

Upgrade them both to 5 gallons each!

I did a bit of research here on the forums (special thanks to Tabbie82 for her thorough reviews of the Hawkeye 5 gallon tanks. I ordered two the next day!).

I went out and got some more plants to replace the plants that weren't doing so well in the LEDs.

Echo is fully set up in his brand new tank. Chronos will be introduced to his tomorrow.


(The water appears bubbly and slightly cloudy in the pictures. While it is bubbly in person, it is 100% clear as well.)


Also included: Bonus pictures of Echo!
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Too cute not to post!!
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Old 03-15-2013, 02:30 PM   #3 
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What a lucky boy. :D Can't wait to see how the plants grow too.
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Old 03-15-2013, 02:57 PM   #4 
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What a lucky boy. :D Can't wait to see how the plants grow too.
He certainly is enjoying it! He's swimming all over the place. Anyone that claims bettas can be just as happy as he is in tiny tanks clearly have not seen one act like this. He's gone bonkers!

I will post pictures of Chronos once we get him in his 5 gallon tonight.
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Oh yay! The tank looks great! And Echo looks pretty happy. I hope you enjoy these tanks as much as I enjoy mine. Can't wait to see Chronos in his!
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I just set my 2.5g tanks up, and now this tank is giving me "BiggerTank-itis". Do you like it? I have never seen that brand before.
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I just set my 2.5g tanks up, and now this tank is giving me "BiggerTank-itis". Do you like it? I have never seen that brand before.
Chronos is all set up. Giving him a little while to get acquainted before I start snapping photos.

I love the tanks so far. I got them for $26 each from Walmart. I had to order them online as they don't stock them in the store. They got here in 2 days and it was free shipping. (The package weighed 13 lbs so free shipping was awesome!!)

I do not use the filters they came with, as I will be installing sponge filters in a few days. (Anyone want to buy two mini might filters??) The lights are 6500k bulbs, but I'm considering putting 10,000k in. (What are people's thoughts on that? Will the plants do alright with 6500k?)


We will be creating two RCS colonies in the old 3 gallon tanks.
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Yes 6500k is perfect for plants. I too have LED's in my planted tank and recently upgraded them here
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:28 PM   #9 
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Thank you! Fancy schmancy new digs for the lucky bettas. Increasing the light is great up to a certain point, and then you get algae. Or, at least, that is my experience.
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Thank you! Fancy schmancy new digs for the lucky bettas. Increasing the light is great up to a certain point, and then you get algae. Or, at least, that is my experience.

That's what the shrimp are for ;)
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