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Old 10-03-2013, 07:26 PM   #10121 
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Hi All. I have a question about the suitability of my aquarium for my betta. It started out as moderately planted but once I reduce the water agitation my floating plants really took off - they multiplie and grew long tendrils that reach all the way to the bottom and grow into the substrate. I've removed a few, but I'm afraid he doesn't have enough room to navigate with his big fins. Should I take many plants out? Leave as is (it probably does need to be spruced up a little)? Any feedback would he appreciated! The tank is 20 gallons, Fluval C-3 HOB filter.
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Old 10-03-2013, 07:29 PM   #10122 
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Bettas actually like densely vegetated tanks as those are the kind of areas they would inhabit in the wild. They are not really open water fish.

I think that tank looks great for a betta and I am jealous of your floating plants!

Unless he is actually getting caught up or tangled in the plants, I would leave it how it is.
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Old 10-03-2013, 11:29 PM   #10123 
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My two three gallon tanks. =) each have two moss balls, a snail, and one betta.


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Old 10-04-2013, 12:19 AM   #10124 
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Tree your tanks are super clean! I like them.

I just added a piece of driftwood to my betta tank, snapped a pic.



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Old 10-04-2013, 12:23 AM   #10125 
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thanks! 8D
I love your tank! I wish I could add in live plants but I do not have a green thumb. =( But I do have two Moss balls that are easy to take care of. LOKL
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Old 10-04-2013, 12:34 AM   #10126 
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Is your betta friendly to the snail? I tried adding one a while back but my betta loved to attack it.
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Old 10-04-2013, 12:53 AM   #10127 
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yup both of my betta don't seem to care about their snails. =) at first Aku (the blue one in bottom tank picked on my golden Mystery snail but after awhile he got bored of him and let him be.
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Old 10-04-2013, 07:54 AM   #10128 
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Bettas actually like densely vegetated tanks as those are the kind of areas they would inhabit in the wild. They are not really open water fish.

I think that tank looks great for a betta and I am jealous of your floating plants!

Unless he is actually getting caught up or tangled in the plants, I would leave it how it is.
This, also, be sure he has easy access to the surface for air.
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Old 10-04-2013, 07:56 AM   #10129 
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My two three gallon tanks. =) each have two moss balls, a snail, and one betta.


Tree, I'd be careful of that aqueon heater. I had that and then one day it just stopped working. (barely was used, too) Because there's no light on it, it took me a while to tell. I'd recommend having a backup on hand, or replace it. :/
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Old 10-04-2013, 09:29 AM   #10130 
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Tree, I'd be careful of that aqueon heater. I had that and then one day it just stopped working. (barely was used, too) Because there's no light on it, it took me a while to tell. I'd recommend having a backup on hand, or replace it. :/
As long as there is a thermometer (which they do have) you should be able to tell when a heater stops working or malfunctions. If it's holding a nice steady temp, regardless of what that is, as long as it's in the range of 76-84 the fish will be fine. If it's wobbling around all the time or extremely low/high then yeah, there's probably something wrong.

One of a fish keepers daily rituals or even hourly rituals if you want, should be to check their thermometer to make sure their heater is working properly.

Also, I do also have that Aqueon heater and never had issues with it, but I know not all heater's are made equal. As with any heater, always watch the thermometer in case of issues, even Eheim heaters can have issues :-/
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