As the title states, I'm looking for suggestions on the goodies that go into a betta tank, specifically filters
but also lighting for plants.
I'd orignally looked into getting one of the many (over priced) tanks with built in filters and light but the price tag and bad reviews many get for them makes me rather go with a more traditional tank set up. Aside from possibly lights, setting up a tank and getting a filter and heater would cost less than one of those all included set ups which would be smaller than I want plus I'd still need a heater.. and probably a different light setup for plants..
I plan to eventually get a 5.5 gallon (16lx8wx10h) up and running and have been looking around at what all should be going into it. I decided on going with an Ehiem Jagar heater, I have one in my currently cycling 55 gallon and its worked very well. But I have a harder time figuring out a good filter that gives enough power to properly clean but not so much that its outflow will push the betta all over. I don't want a filter that I have to do a lot of modification on aside from possibly sticking foam on the intake to protect fins, and prefer something that's not
a consistent "Well it works great.. for about 3 months then [bleeps] the bed."
I also am looking at lights to do a low to medum light plant set-up (no CO2 so at the low range of medium lighting at most). I've thought about getting another Mareinland DoubleBright (also on the 55 and working well for low light plants in there) but the smallest doublebright would be a bit big for a 5.5 and over hang the edges of the tank.. I'm not really like the idea of that esthetically.
I'd found (and lost.. dang) a page where someone did a CFL light PAR reading test with a nano tank (but did tests with lights high enough that it could be applicable for a 10inch high tank). I've been looking all over for it now to find out which cfl bubls would be a possibility. I wouldn't mind the option of a nice lamp with CFLs to give light for the tank.
Also... random side note: I've heard mention of "giant bettas", haven't looked into them yet, but would they require the 10 gallon set up or work in a 5.5