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Old 07-04-2012, 01:06 AM   #6661 
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my sorority community! it needs more plants, but it's 29 gallons, has a tetra 40i filter and an aqua-tech 5-15 HOB filter (hanging on the front x3). 6 female bettas, and a variety of friends :)

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Old 07-04-2012, 01:28 AM   #6662 
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Where did you get your driftwood? I've been toying with the idea of getting one. My waters are a lil hard(literally a little) and I've heard hard water can melt betta fins.
I got some at a nice planted aquarium store but I also got some at Petsmart in the reptile section. I look for small pieces I can fit in tanks, and the tags on the Mopani wood says it's safe for aquariums even though it's in the reptile area.

It does make the water brownish. It helps to soak it first but then I decided that if what makes the water brown is what helps lower the ph/soften the water, I could deal with brownish water.

I also ordered Fluval peat granules to put in my filters to help with the water problem in our area (really really hard water! ). That also makes it a little brown at first, but not all that bad. It's not that noticeable depending on the decor, lighting, and maybe aquarium background.

My bettas seem to LOVE hiding under and around the driftwood.
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Old 07-04-2012, 09:35 AM   #6663 
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my sorority community! it needs more plants, but it's 29 gallons, has a tetra 40i filter and an aqua-tech 5-15 HOB filter (hanging on the front x3). 6 female bettas, and a variety of friends :)

Definitely more plants :) However it's nice :p
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Old 07-04-2012, 10:48 AM   #6664 
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I got some at a nice planted aquarium store but I also got some at Petsmart in the reptile section. I look for small pieces I can fit in tanks, and the tags on the Mopani wood says it's safe for aquariums even though it's in the reptile area.

It does make the water brownish. It helps to soak it first but then I decided that if what makes the water brown is what helps lower the ph/soften the water, I could deal with brownish water.

I also ordered Fluval peat granules to put in my filters to help with the water problem in our area (really really hard water! ). That also makes it a little brown at first, but not all that bad. It's not that noticeable depending on the decor, lighting, and maybe aquarium background.

My bettas seem to LOVE hiding under and around the driftwood.
TYVM
Is the driftwood at petsmart actually on the shelves and not in a tank? I guess I may have been looking in the wrong places xD
Do you need to change the water more often? Or should it be fine?

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Old 07-04-2012, 11:09 AM   #6665 
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ABSOLUTE GORGEOUS!!!!LOVE THE NATURAL LOOK. Driftwood can be hard to locate --Where to you get yours???
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Old 07-04-2012, 11:12 AM   #6666 
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Where did you get your driftwood? I've been toying with the idea of getting one. My waters are a lil hard(literally a little) and I've heard hard water can melt betta fins.
I've seen them at Petco too, definitely on the shelves. Looks like this. http://www.petco.com/product/102556/...t=OnSiteSearch

And I use hard water as well. Its sulfur water and from a well. I run all water I use for my bettas through a Britta and haven't had any problems.
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Old 07-04-2012, 11:19 AM   #6667 
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Where did you get your driftwood? I've been toying with the idea of getting one. My waters are a lil hard(literally a little) and I've heard hard water can melt betta fins.
I got the piece covered in Christmas moss from Tropica Aquarium Plants in Denmark, and the other driftwood piece from an Aquascaping shop near Paris that sells ADA (Aqua Design Amano) products.

But, as others have said, you can always try the mopani wood from the reptiles section at PetCo. It's going to have the same effect of tannins and softening the water, no matter which brand or where it's from. Try searching PetCo or PetSmart online if you don't see it in your store, I think I saw a link the other day to ZooMed mopani wood for terrariums.

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I always find the real driftwood hidden among loads of plastic decor at my Petsmart, so it may be hard to notice at first.
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Old 07-04-2012, 09:38 PM   #6669 
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i found it on the bottom shelf of an LPS. its malaysian drift wood.

thanks Sena :)
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