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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-25-2015, 03:23 PM Thread Starter
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Looking to add a nano aquascape and betta to my office desk

Would you know of any Betta breeders in San Antonio, or within the state of Texas?

I'm not a fan of "shipping" live animals, if it can be avoided. I'd prefer to transport them over the shortest distance possible.

I'm looking at adding a nano aquascape to my desk at work (2.5 gal) and was wondering if this would be adequate space for a betta? Also, what live plants would you recommend for one? Yes, I will have CO2 in the tank (via a small commercially made yeast reactor) and will have the tank heated to 78 degrees fahrenheit.

Also, I'm not very well versed on betta types, although I did have one several years back, in a 5 gal tank. His name was Cheddar, and I had him for 4 years. He was a cellophane color, and I think was a "veil tail"?? Not too sure. He was a funny and social little fish, always excited to see me. He loved his tank mates (Aussie & Scampy the shrimp, and Gary the snail).

He would waggle his tail fins like he was a dog, and jump up out of the water like a little dolphin and make little splashes when ever new people would come look at him. He LOVED classical music, and always swam in slow, sweeping and looping patterns whenever I played it in the room his tank was in. I miss that fish :(

Anyways, I want to add a little movement, color, and life to the aquascape and was hoping someone here might have any suggestions or helpful info??
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Hello and welcome again to the wonderful world of bettas! 2.5 should be fine for a betta (excluding the king/giant variety). What kind of nano set-up are you looking to get? If you're tight on cash, the 2.5 Tetra/Aqueon glass tanks sold at Petco or Petsmart (around $13). It's just the tank however. If you can afford something more aesthetically pleasing, I would take a look at the Fluval Spec III - it's a modern, beautiful tank whose only downside IMO is that you have to baffle the filter somehow as its too strong for bettas. You could also take a look at the rimless nano set-ups offered by Fluval, Mr. Aqua and ADA. You also have to take into consideration the light and substrate you want to use. The lights that come with most kits, Fluval Spec III included, is good for low light plants only, which isn't what you're really going for if you're planning on using CO2. With higher lighting, you have a greater variety of plants at your disposal, including carpeting plants. Do you know what substrate you're looking at using? As for types of bettas, it's really up to you what you choose - I find half moon plakats particularly beautiful, but if your looking for more flowing fins, take a look at halfmoons, double tails, rose petals, butterfly and dragon scales.
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I've been considering the Fluval III and even the Fluval V, even though it's larger than I stated. I have lots of indirect natural lighting in my office (there's 8 large low-e thermo pane windows that surround my work-space. As for the substrate, I haven't decided yet, but I'm considering ADA AQUA SOIL NEW AMAZONIA since so many people rave about it, even though it IS pricey. But on the other hand, I've also used CaribSea Eco-Complete. I always add a fertilizer when I do my layering.

I've seen a few betta that are gorgeous, but I worry about the heft of their fins in the tank's filter system, even if buffered...

Suggestions? Are my fears unfounded?
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I have a 2.5 gallon aqueon minibow with a betta in it for well over a year now. While I LOVE the tank, the filter is crap. I threw it out and got a sponge filter.
I have dwarf hair grass, a moss wall, (fabulous and pretty easy to do in small tanks) , bacopa, rotala, some moneywort, a myrio, and a mini sunken ship all crammed into that tank (and the betta LOVES it!) He loves to play pirate diver and hide in the moss wall, or in the bottom of the plants (he likes to freak me out)

Honestly, unless you are going with a sponge filter, in that small a tank I'd really recommend either a plakat, a crown tail, a delta, or a veil tail. I'm partial to VT's as I think they are incredibly undervalued and are quite spunky and beautiful. I would not really recommend the heavier tailed ones (halfmoon, double/twin tail, rose tails, or feather tails) in anything that small without a sponge filter as the filter. A super delta would be a maybe.
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