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Old 04-27-2010, 05:53 PM   #1061 
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I'm not understanding why people do not fill their tanks to the top.
They can hold water even to the very top, past the black trim,
unless the tank is from unknown origins or damaged.
This little bit of added water may not seem like a lot to you,
but to a fish, it's like a whole new yard to play in.
It really does add up, do the math! ^.^


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Btw, I love Tofu's tank! Have you thought about some low light plants for that tank?
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Old 04-27-2010, 06:03 PM   #1062 
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My tanks are not filled up because of the type of filter I am using.
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Old 04-27-2010, 06:14 PM   #1063 
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Tofu's tank looks like it has a HOB filter, which would mean you could fill it to the black trim at least.
I have my 55gallon tank with 3 HOBs running, filled to the black frames inner lip. That would be about half an inch from the very edge. ^.^
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Old 04-27-2010, 06:43 PM   #1064 
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Old 04-27-2010, 06:48 PM   #1065 
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I don't have mine filled to the top because I simply don't like them that way...lol
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Old 04-27-2010, 06:55 PM   #1066 
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If bubble nests are a sign of betta happiness, then my male betta enjoys a lower water line. I keep it an inch from the black rim. He makes a new bubble nest about every week.

My flowering plants bloom better as well. They create larger blossoms, having more room to bloom in.

I do think it is sort of a personal preference for how it looks, not having it go all the way to the top, but although I used to have my tanks all filled to the top of the glass, I'm beginning to like more, the vivarium approach to larger tanks, and am considering having a much lower waterline, and having terrestrial and arboreal animals make up some of it as well.
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Old 04-27-2010, 09:22 PM   #1067 
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If bubble nests are a sign of betta happiness, then my male betta enjoys a lower water line. I keep it an inch from the black rim. He makes a new bubble nest about every week.

My flowering plants bloom better as well. They create larger blossoms, having more room to bloom in.

I do think it is sort of a personal preference for how it looks, not having it go all the way to the top, but although I used to have my tanks all filled to the top of the glass, I'm beginning to like more, the vivarium approach to larger tanks, and am considering having a much lower waterline, and having terrestrial and arboreal animals make up some of it as well.
I agree with TT here. In my experience, bettas seem happiest in 12 inches or less of water, and I personally prefer to keep it to approx. 6-8 inches. I've had more success in this level than with anything higher than that.

Even without that experience, it's wise to use lower water levels for fish who are known to jump, as bettas are.
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Old 04-27-2010, 09:25 PM   #1068 
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In my tanks that have hoods, I cannot stand if the water is not all the way tot the top. LOL

I'm a little OCD sometimes....
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Old 04-27-2010, 09:52 PM   #1069 
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Yes, Tofu has a HOB filter. And I have it rigged to smooth out the water flow. Filling it to the top would mess up the way I have it set up.
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Old 04-30-2010, 10:55 PM   #1070 
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Well, while I'm bored waiting for my tank to cycle (going on two weeks now, no progress) I thought I would take another picture of my fishless tank! I made a thread about it awhile ago but it looks better now -- no bubbles! I moved the thermometer to the other side and didn't notice the residue until the next day (you can see this round ugliness in the picture). I was going to get it off when I do the big water change at the end of the cycle. Think it will come off just with a cloth and some water?

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