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Old 07-29-2010, 01:29 AM   #21 
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You should feed your betta and your shrimp every day--it is best to do it in small quantities twice a day.

I too originally fell into the purple waffle trap. Oh well, you can take it out of the aquarium and put it in a vase--it will grow roots and be a pretty houseplant at least. :) Planted tanks are definitely the way to go--they absorb nitrates/ammonia and they're very beautiful and rewarding to grow. If you like the look of the purple waffle, there are some crypts that have a purple-ish look to them, although they need enriched substrate or root tabs to really thrive.

Did you test the rocks to see if they were limestone/sandstone? Some rocks will leach minerals into the water, causing the pH/Hardness to increase. The changes in water params caused by these rocks can have negative side effects for your betta--you may want to make sure these rocks are safe for aquarium use. Generally you can use obsidian, jasper, petrified wood, granite, quartz and most other crystalline rocks. Stay away from rainbow rock, mica, pyrite, limestone, sandstone, coral, or fossils of any kind.

Do you plan on using any fertilizers? I use the Seachem line of liquid ferts--Seachem Flourish Comprehensive is a good general liquid fertilizer.
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Old 07-29-2010, 01:41 AM   #22 
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You should feed your betta and your shrimp every day--it is best to do it in small quantities twice a day.

I too originally fell into the purple waffle trap. Oh well, you can take it out of the aquarium and put it in a vase--it will grow roots and be a pretty houseplant at least. :) Planted tanks are definitely the way to go--they absorb nitrates/ammonia and they're very beautiful and rewarding to grow. If you like the look of the purple waffle, there are some crypts that have a purple-ish look to them, although they need enriched substrate or root tabs to really thrive.

Did you test the rocks to see if they were limestone/sandstone? Some rocks will leach minerals into the water, causing the pH/Hardness to increase. The changes in water params caused by these rocks can have negative side effects for your betta--you may want to make sure these rocks are safe for aquarium use. Generally you can use obsidian, jasper, petrified wood, granite, quartz and most other crystalline rocks. Stay away from rainbow rock, mica, pyrite, limestone, sandstone, coral, or fossils of any kind.

Do you plan on using any fertilizers? I use the Seachem line of liquid ferts--Seachem Flourish Comprehensive is a good general liquid fertilizer.
Aw darn! =[ It's not an aquatic plant! Oh well. =/

I said this in another thread but I feel it needs to be said again:

YOUR TANK IS AMAZING!!!! It looks MUCH bigger than 2.5 gallons! =]

Yeah I hope the rock doesn't cause you to have hard water. =[ I don't think bettas heal well in hard water if they get sick.... =[ Mine's as hard as the test kit will indicate and that's without rocks that can alter chemistry. =[
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Old 07-29-2010, 01:47 AM   #23 
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I feed my betta and my shrimp every day, but I skip one day a week.

Yea, I was thinking about crypt wendtii, I like them. I've had crypts before. Someone on TPT suggested Alternanthera Reineckii, I looked it up, and it looks good, so that one is another possible candidate.

Someone said the rocks were granite, there is TONS of granite where I live, so I wouldn't doubt it. There is an old granite quarry down the street from me.

I'm not too sure on the ferts, the tank is so small, I don't want the plants to grow too quickly, lol.
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Aw darn! =[ It's not an aquatic plant! Oh well. =/
Yea, I was pretty bummed about the purple waffle

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I said this in another thread but I feel it needs to be said again:

YOUR TANK IS AMAZING!!!! It looks MUCH bigger than 2.5 gallons! =]
Thanks again

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Yeah I hope the rock doesn't cause you to have hard water. =[ I don't think bettas heal well in hard water if they get sick.... =[ Mine's as hard as the test kit will indicate and that's without rocks that can alter chemistry. =[
I used to have an Amazon blackwater tank, all the fish preferred soft, acidic water.
If you want to make your water softer, you could collect rainwater and just filter it with a simple carbon filter, and ta-da! cheap soft water You would then take your soft water and mix it with proper proportions of your hard tap water to get the desired hardness.
The other option, is some LFS sell RO water, its rather pricey though.
But, soft water is prone to becoming more acidic faster than hard alkaline water, so be careful with that

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I used to have an Amazon blackwater tank, all the fish preferred soft, acidic water.
If you want to make your water softer, you could collect rainwater and just filter it with a simple carbon filter, and ta-da! cheap soft water You would then take your soft water and mix it with proper proportions of your hard tap water to get the desired hardness.
The other option, is some LFS sell RO water, its rather pricey though.
But, soft water is prone to becoming more acidic faster than hard alkaline water, so be careful with that
I'll try that but I'll have to check the PH of the rain first. Unfortunately we live right down the interstate from a new coal-fired power plant. =[ with those comes heavily acidic rain. =[

It's much easier than what I've been doing though! XD
I've been using a britta pitcher to fill up gallon jugs for a while. That's getting old fast as it takes forever and I forget to change the filter sometimes and I end up with hard water again! XD
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