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Old 11-17-2013, 03:04 AM   #1 
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Two new NPTs: Comments and suggestions?

Here are some tank setup pictures. I'm new to aquariums as I've mentioned before. Now I have set up two 2.5 gal tanks for each betta.

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Plants: Brazilian pennywort, water wisteria, amazon swords






(Hiko's tank)

Are the tanks overrun or do I need more? I've read on one thread to always buy more than what you need as some plants don't make it.

If there's anything major that's considered "wrong" in my setups, please let me know so I can remedy those issues.

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Old 11-17-2013, 03:45 AM   #2 
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I see that you dont have lighting fixtures...
That might be a problem in the future that would make your plant grow really slow or worse
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Old 11-17-2013, 04:34 AM   #3 
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Would it be okay since I do have natural light on a window to the far left of the tanks?
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Old 11-17-2013, 08:34 AM   #4 
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Sorry, the natural light won't work. You need to buy a light.
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Old 11-17-2013, 08:59 AM   #5 
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Could you give me some specs for the lighting fixture I need?
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Old 11-17-2013, 11:11 AM   #6 
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Natural light CAN work in a select few cases... I don't think it will for your situation though. I would get a ~6500k daylight fluorescent bulb... You can even use the CFLs (twirly ones) and just put them in a lamp.

The other thing is that you used large diameter gravel as the cap... I would be very careful not to kick any of the dirt up while changing water.
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Make sure its Daylight bulb if you're gonna use 1 and Flourescent if 2 bulbs
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The bulb should always be in the daylight spectrum, no matter how many you use...
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Old 11-17-2013, 04:05 PM   #9 
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Not trying to be rude but why do I need the light? The plants were tagged under low to medium light reqs online...

Oh and if I do get light, how many hours do I need to keep the lamp on and at what times?

MattsBettas: Yeah, the water gets cloudy easy if I move the decor. Water's clear now though but I see your point.
What kind of cap should I look for?
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Low to medium light requirements mean anywhere from 1-4 watts of flourescent light per gallon. Daylight just isn't powerful enough.

Small-grained sand makes a good cap. :) Just make sure it's inert - a lot of sand sold by pet shops is designed for cichlid tanks and is intended to artificially raise the pH and hardness.
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