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Old 03-28-2011, 11:55 PM   #1 
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A few questions! >_>

Alright, I'm not going to beat around the bush so to speak. I love my Betta, Gus or King Gus as I've come to know him. I'm so happy with the way this has all turned out that I am looking to purchase a 6.6 Gallon Bookshelf Aquarium in the near future to house my little man. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions? I was thinking of live plants and a sandy substrate but I'm undecided.
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Old 03-29-2011, 12:43 AM   #2 
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Ooh that's exciting! :D Gus will be one lucky little guy. ^^ (BTW I love Gus from Cinderella XD) Anywho... I would just recommend lots of plants, all shapes and sizes, some to rest on, swim under, hide behind... etc. I have anubis, java moss, marimo balls and amazon swords, all of which I recommend and seem to be really easy to care for... I'm saying this because, well, they're still alive, lol. I really like how clean and easy to install the anubis are, you can put them practically anywhere, even tie them to drift wood and such. Marimo balls are super easy, just plop them in anywhere, no installation necessary! :P The amazon sword seem a little more fragile and I'm always nervous about them croaking one day, but they're still alive, haha. Java moss reminds me of a bad hair day, but it's really good stuff and also easy to care for, you can tie it to decor and eventually it will latch on to it and can grow like crazy. I'm no plant expert, but that's my experience.I think some floating plants would be really nice and you might want to consider some too, like frogbit.
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Old 03-29-2011, 01:19 AM   #3 
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Hopefully, Demonr6 will come along and help you out. That person has a 6.6 Bookshelf planted tank. You would be able to get ideas on substrate, plants, etc. You could also send a Private Message to Demonr6. The Demonr6 Thread showing pictures of the 6.6 Planted tank is listed under: New Tank Spam.
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Old 03-29-2011, 08:56 AM   #4 
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Awesome, thank you!
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Old 03-29-2011, 01:47 PM   #5 
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Ooh that's exciting! :D Gus will be one lucky little guy. ^^ (BTW I love Gus from Cinderella XD) Anywho... I would just recommend lots of plants, all shapes and sizes, some to rest on, swim under, hide behind... etc. I have anubis, java moss, marimo balls and amazon swords, all of which I recommend and seem to be really easy to care for... I'm saying this because, well, they're still alive, lol. I really like how clean and easy to install the anubis are, you can put them practically anywhere, even tie them to drift wood and such. Marimo balls are super easy, just plop them in anywhere, no installation necessary! :P The amazon sword seem a little more fragile and I'm always nervous about them croaking one day, but they're still alive, haha. Java moss reminds me of a bad hair day, but it's really good stuff and also easy to care for, you can tie it to decor and eventually it will latch on to it and can grow like crazy. I'm no plant expert, but that's my experience.I think some floating plants would be really nice and you might want to consider some too, like frogbit.
Sorry to hijack the thread here, i bought 2 amazon swords and i was wondering if i have to do anything particular to look after them? I basically stuck their roots under the gravel when i filled the tank and have just left them. Is this enough?
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Old 03-29-2011, 02:00 PM   #6 
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I prefer sand substrate, but that is just my personal preference.I believe it is easier to clean. Anything that falls to the bottom of my tank can easily be picked up with a bulb syringe/turkey baster thing during water changes.

The first time around I bought the sand substrate from petco..it was about 5.99 for enough to do my 5 gallon..When I updated to my 10 gallon I used playsand from home depot..It was about 2 dollars for a huge bag..I have redone my 5 gallon and 10 gallon with the same bag of sand..as well as my 2.5 gallon and I still have leftover sand to do my other 10 gallon.
Works lovely for 2 dollars.

Anubias are really hardy plants. They are slow growers and my betta fish love the wide leaves to rest on. Wisteria is also lovely. I have some java moss and I think it looks really nice attached to rocks throughout the tank.
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