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Old 08-22-2013, 09:06 AM   #1 
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New Tank!

Moved into college yesterday, went ahead and bought a Fluval Chi tank and a beautiful little golden elephant eared betta to go along with it. I put a couple of amazon swords in there, an anubia, and something else the name of which I forget. The swords look a little hammered. I bought them with the tank and everything except the fish on Sunday and wasn't able to plant them until yesterday when I moved into my dorm. Will they make it? Is there anything extra I can do to help them along?

The betta seems happy and has been a great source of company thus far in my college adventures!

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Old 08-22-2013, 09:18 AM   #2 
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Beautiful !! Is it just me or is that head really big =/
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Old 08-22-2013, 09:29 AM   #3 
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It's pretty big haha. He likes to sleep in it though, it has 3 entrances and is all hollowed out.
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Old 08-22-2013, 02:26 PM   #4 
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The fern in the back corner is not an aquatic fern, although pet store chains like to sell them that way. It will eventually begin to rot and taint your water so I would go ahead and remove it.
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Old 08-22-2013, 03:01 PM   #5 
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Very pretty! His coloring with the black sand is awesome!
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Old 08-22-2013, 03:10 PM   #6 
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The fern in the back corner is not an aquatic fern, although pet store chains like to sell them that way. It will eventually begin to rot and taint your water so I would go ahead and remove it.
Really? What is it? Do you have any suggestions for what I might exchange it with?

And thanks for the compliment! I was really fond of the sand and of the fish. I walked in and he was the first one to catch my eye, he was active, and is a really beautiful color. This is my first betta, so I'm pretty proud.
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Old 08-22-2013, 03:28 PM   #7 
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It is a borneo fern, and while it grows in wetlands it will die when fully submerged. I would replace it with a java fern, they are really hard low light plants that will do well in your tank.
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Old 08-22-2013, 03:29 PM   #8 
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That fern might actually be the new ones they sell, that is an aquatic. So long as it wasn't sold as a peacock fern, it should be fine in the tank, doesn't look the right color to be a peacock fern. I looked at them the last time we were there and looked it up when we got home, i can't remember the name of it on the tube either.

Looks very nice.
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Old 08-22-2013, 03:35 PM   #9 
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It is the same type of fern I purchased back when I was new to the aquatic plants, it was labeled "aqua fern". I put it in my tank and about a month later when it started to turn brown I did some research and found out it was not an aquatic plant.
If you just type in borneo fern on google you can see many different forum topics discussing how it is being sold as aquatic when it is terrestrial.
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Old 08-23-2013, 06:10 AM   #10 
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Aqua or Borneo fern (Trichomanes javanicum) is a semi aquatic won't last
submerge. I really wish they would stop do things like this or at least label as such.

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