@WiggleSwim: What kind of temperatures are you getting with that heater? I have the same and I find it runs a little warm in a 2.5G
Actually, i have the same one, and it runs a little cool..about 74...ugh...how do you do yours? i heard your supposed to put warmer water in the tank [when the bettas not in there] and itll matain that temp?
It usually does run around 74-76 degrees F. But yesterday, I had it on along with the tank light and nearby radiator. It got up to 81. I was nervous about it rising while I was sleep so I turned it off to try and regulate the heat since it doesn't turn itself off. It's been pretty warm here again, so I hadn't turned it back on.
Almost all of the "preset" heaters I've used I start with warmer water and they seem to maintain 78* better.
@wiggleswim : Did your minibow come with a base to set the tank on?
No, not this one. The one that I had to throw out because of a leak did, though, but it was an older model from about 6 years ago. I guess they stopped using the base. The weight of the water plus the surface I had my tank placed seemed to have warped it.
I love this thread, it's great seeing everyone's setups.
Mine is a 5g tank, heated, filtered, lots of different kinds of live plants, several ramshorn snails and ghost shrimp. I've had this tank for a while but just got the crowntail betta two days ago. His name is Bluebeard after one of my favorite Kurt Vonnegut books (and of course the French folktale.)
Right now he wont stop flaring at his reflection but I'm hoping he'll calm down in a bit.
wow.... !! What a gorgeous boy and beautiful tank.
how do yo ukeep your plants up / ferts, water changes etc . What is your substrate ?/ what kind of plants ?
Thanks so much! I'm pretty happy about it :)
Plants: Sagittaria (various types), anubias nana, pygmy chain sword, marimo, aponogeton, java fern (tied to drift wood), and the arch in the middle is pennywort! Oh and the floating plants are salvinia and frogbit.
Substrate: fine gravel
Water: 20-30% water changes every week. I don't use a gravel cleaner because the plants would become uprooted but the plants do a pretty good job of recycling the fish wastes.
Fertilizer: Aqueon aquarium plant food, once a month
Here's my 8 girls in a fluval 7.9......VERY densley planted with silk. I'm waiting for my new to me 30g to finish cycling. I also took a quick pic of my DT male in his plain bowl, 1.5g of water. It is heated. I bought a 3g Eclipse for my daughter's young blue boy (not pictured) that was mislabled at Petco as a girl. If I like this setup, I'll get 1 for my male too.