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Old 11-15-2013, 09:07 AM   #1 
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I have a 1 gallon jar I'm looking to plant. I'm going to out hornwort and a moss ball in there for sure, but I'm not sure what else would look good. Any suggestions? It'll be heated, so can I use it as a betta jar, or maybe a shrimp jar?
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Old 11-15-2013, 09:19 AM   #2 
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1 gal is too small for a betta. Go ahead and use it as a shrimp jar though.
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Old 11-15-2013, 09:22 AM   #3 
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1 gal is too small for a betta. Go ahead and use it as a shrimp jar though.
I actually disagree, the 1 gallon will be fine if properly taken care of

I think an Anubias Nana Petite would look nice in there along with some sort o grass if you have high enough lighting and going with an enhanced substrate, dwarf hairgrass if my favorite!
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Old 11-15-2013, 09:26 AM   #4 
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I've gotten a lot of mixed responses with keeping a betta in there, still debating. I'm not quite sure about lighting yet either, so we'll see on the grass. I love anubias though so I'll definitely look into getting that. Thank you:)
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Old 11-15-2013, 11:37 AM   #5 
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When I say too small, I mean it will take tons of WCs. But yea, I guess it would be ok.
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Old 11-15-2013, 11:48 AM   #6 
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With proper water changes 1 gallon will work. I have kept many betta that way very successfully.
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Old 11-15-2013, 12:01 PM   #7 
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IMO/E the unfiltered 1gal is fine to keep a Long fin male Betta long term-provided that water quality is maintained and since you will be using live plants-as long as the plants are thriving-Weekly partial water changes are all that is needed IME.
Without live plants-twice weekly water changes should maintain water quality provided that you don't overfeed.

The Betta bioload isn't that great and by making lots of water changes-especially too frequent 100% water changes...IMO/E you can do more harm than good....

You disrupt the balance and stress the fish that can compromise the immune response in my opinion based on personal experience and experiments.
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Old 11-15-2013, 03:53 PM   #9 
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That's what I was thinking. How much should I change weekly??
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Old 11-15-2013, 04:55 PM   #10 
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I believe that the recommended with plants for a one gallon is two 50% changes per week (please correct me if I'm wrong, OFL!). My main issue with a jar is that it doesn't provide a huge amount of swimming space, since it's mostly vertical. Still, as long as it is heated and clean, it's a big improvement on the way they are kept by many people. My personaly preference, however, would be a shrimp tank. :)
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