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Old 03-31-2012, 12:19 AM   #1 
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Some of my bettas' houses :)

First, my 27G. Home to Fugu the lucky-finned half-dumbo halfmoon :) One of my very favorite bettas. His roommates are Threadfin Rainbows, Otocinclus, Cherry Shrimp, and Nerite Snails.




Next, my 15G. Home to Bento, probably my most mild-mannered, sweet boy. He hangs with Furcata Rainbows, Sterba's Cories, Otocinclus Cats, and Nerite Snails.

Don't mind the guppies. I was holding them in there temporarily. :)

And finally, the last of my planted tanks so far, Sashimi's 8G. He's my first betta since returning to the hobby, and he's my fussiest. Got him from a wal-mart, full of fin rot and scared to death. He hangs with his Nerite Snails :P Don't mind the brown gunk at the bottom. They're diatoms - a common algae in newer planted setups.









My tanks aren't nearly as beautiful as many other planted tanks, but I'm still learning. :) I'll post new photos to this thread whenever I do major maintenance, trims, and updates. Plants grow out quickly, so the tanks are likely to change rather often!

Hope you enjoy! :)
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Old 03-31-2012, 12:28 AM   #2 
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Holy Jesus, your tanks are gorgeous.

Like I'm not even joking here.
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Old 03-31-2012, 12:43 AM   #3 
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Just saying you have an eye for balance. Great aquascaping work though, those are some lucky bettas.

How big do those rainbows get?
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Old 03-31-2012, 12:47 AM   #4 
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What is that your otos are eating? I'm always trying to think of treat ideas for mine! :)
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Old 03-31-2012, 12:47 AM   #5 
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They're already full-grown. The threadfins get to be about 1.5 inches, and the furcatas a little smaller. Some sites say they can be about 2 inches, but I've never had one anywhere near that big.

And thank you for the compliments! :)

My otos are munching on some zucchini that I sunk with a plant weight. I drop one in the tank every 10 days or so and leave it there for about 36-48 hours. It takes about 12-24 hours for it to become soft enough for a real crowd to begin eating. Your snails would also appreciate it as well :)

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Old 03-31-2012, 01:03 AM   #6 
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So pretty =] I love how the first tank is so green on the bottom.
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Old 03-31-2012, 01:09 AM   #7 
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Dumb question but how do you gravel siphon without pulling up those things growing on the ground?
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Old 03-31-2012, 01:12 AM   #8 
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Thanks, guys :)

And Tikibirds, if the plants aren't well-rooted yet.. very carefully! Lol!
Basically, when I first planted the plants that are covering the front of the aquarium's gravel I used a tiny siphon intended for a 5g. It took ages to change the water in the tank, but since the plant wasn't rooted yet, I didnt want to pull it out :P It also helped that I didn't stock the tank until the plants were decently established. Siphoning was important, but not nearly as important without any fish in there :P

Now I can siphon full-force and move the plants around as I do so. They're rooted so firmly into the substrate that they won't come up unless I physically pull them out. :)

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Old 03-31-2012, 10:53 AM   #9 
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I haven't posted on here in ages but I absolutely must say that your tanks are GORGEOUS!!!! I love the carpet effect you were able to achieve with those low lying plants!
If I wasn't insanely busy right now I would totally be tempted try a planted tank again ;)
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