Originally Posted by RussellTheShihTzu
Post a photo. All of my Betta are in community tanks. With proper cover you shouldn't have a problem. Off the top of my head I can only think of three or so in 40 years of Betta-based communities that weren't suited.
Pardon my short novel here, but you give great advice so Iím giving you the full scoop->
Photo-> Tank really needs a cleaning, which is scheduled for later today, so I'm really embarrassed to post it on the web in this shape, pretend itís good please ;)
Three questions for you:
1. The CPDs seem quite concerned. They normally only come out of the jungle val to feed. The betta is often swooping through the val in his tank rounds, though, so they're out and chasing each-other. Do you think they'll get calmed down if this works out (and I get more plants as below)? Or should I move them bc they're stressed?
2. I need plant ideas for this middle area to break up lines of sight; Iím going to buy something today, I think. Itís a two-sided tank so Ďleftí and Ďrightí donít mean much. I need some to leave an open area for the kubotai, but not this much. The side without a lot of Val was just planted with val and they'll quickly spread. Itís hard to change things bc itís a soil tank so Iím trying not to get plants that Iíll need to remove from the roots to keep in check.
--I tried Hygrophila- a wide-leaved stem plant- and stem plants are just generally not happy in the tank; it's not doing great- you see a few stems. I tried java fern tied onto the driftwood- it turned black and died. I tried Anubias tied to the driftwood, it turned yellow and died.
In general, this tank runs 0 nitrates (yes, I'm sure I'm doing it correctly, I've confirmed with a separate test, and my other tanks do not run 0 nitrates with the same test kit) - so water column feeders don't do well. Stem plants have mostly died (even pennywort), except Ludwigia. It's low tech, Stingray light, soil/sand substrate.
I added the Crypt two days ago, but it looked bigger in the store.
Q: Will the crypt grow enough to fill in the space? Will Aponogeton with the wavy margins (?crispus) take over the tank too much?
3. Can you see how his fin is kinda half gone? (Again he was in the discount bin for this)- it doesn't look like fin rot somehow. Hoping just clean water will heal it.