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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-26-2018, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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Hi all. I have had many kinds of fish over the years, I had a beautiful marine tank but had to sell it 2 years ago due to my health. I decided about 4 months ago that I would like to have a pretty Betta tank. I set up my aqua one nano 40 with lots of plants, and a heater, the nano 40 has a wonderful filter system at the back of the tank. I let my tank cycle, then I fell in love with a sweet wee Betta, he was in a tiny "tank" at the pet shop, no one wanted him they said he was boring and ugly. I broke all my fish buying rules and got this fish that didn't look the healthiest. His tail looked chewed and he seemed weak. He has been with me for 2 weeks now, he seems to love his tank, the tank is all his 🙂 he is very active, and his tail is starting to look beautiful. I have called him Boo he is my wee ghost fish. I think he's adorable. I really have no idea what to call his colour except white, his fins are clear with stunning blueish, white patches. He loves his plants, and explores all the time. I'm thinking about adding more plants or a wee peice of driftwood. Any suggestions on his tank, or Boo would be very welcome ☺️☺️20180327_143602_1522115817779.jpg
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Looks great. Maybe a fake leaf or something he can rest on closer to the surface?
What a lucky guy!


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I've never bought a fake leaf, ever, for any of my bettas and they are perfectly fine. LOTS of plants is a good way to go. Makes for a healthy tank too. It's my personal opinion that that leaf hammock is a gimmick. As natural as possible is my motto. I have owned bettas and other fish for over 20 years and NEVER have I 'needed' a freakin hammock LOL.

My advice is to read everything you can about bettas, everything. Plants and tank mates. Water care, health care... everything. You have a good start already by being a previous fish owner, betta or not. And that lovely guy is lucky you bought him. I think you will do great and he will thrive under your care. Do you plan to give him a name?

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Thank you for your advice. I am not a fan of fake plants, I'm a natural kind of girl lol. I have one large leaf plant but would like to add another, any suggestions for a good plant would be awesome. My tank is low tech, with small pebble substrate, I put JBL root tabs in the substrate when planting. All the plants have good colour and are growing well. I've called my wee boy Boo. He is going to have the whole tank to himself for as long as he lives, he is very active and curious I don't think he would be happy with invaders into his space lol. When I do a water change he chases the siphon hose. He is not shy and never hides. Temp 25 Celsius, ph 7, ammonia, and nitrite nil detected I test with api tests and also had my water tested by the fish store before I added Boo. I did a fishless cycle.
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I was able to get a better picture of Boo's tank setup.
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I only suggested the leaf hammock for somewhere closer to the surface he can rest on.
If I have access to plants that are large enough then go for that.

To each their own. I only have one because my plants are still small and will take a while to fill in and grow closer to the surface.


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@chocky , i apologize for being rude, i honestly didn't realize until i went back and read my post. Truly though, bettas do not need a hammock or any structure near the surface of the water to 'rest' upon. If your betta is resting a lot then your water flow may be too strong and stressing them out making them need to rest often. Bettas are known to be weak swimmers due to their extravagant fins.
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Hello,
I like the simplicity of your aquarium.
The way I see things is that the more natural look of the real habitat the better. I am sticking on my tank with a substrate such as Amazonia, or ADA soil style to enhance plants grow. If you decide to change the substrate it will be great for your plants. Search for Aquaspace to get you an idea on how far can you go with plants.
Betta's love heavily planted tanks. So plants with large leafs will do great! 2 of my favorites for them is Anubias and Tropica Pot Nymphaea lotus.
Driftwood. Always!!!! ;)

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I have some Cholla logs in my female's aquarium and it looks beautiful. They are dried out cactus stems and have natural holes in them. You can plant them and it looks great. You have to wash them thoroughly first and let them soak in the aquarium until they sink.
I am going to try SaCanada's advice on soil in another tank to see if there is a significant difference. I use a wide variety of plants and always include mosses, carpeting and floating. One of my cholla logs won't fully sink so I plan to put a floating moss in it.

So, off to search Aquaspace :)
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ok, apparently the Amazonia soil spikes the ammonia in an established tank. It is suggested for experienced users. Take fish and other live creatures OUT of tank before adding. It could take a week, maybe longer, before you can add your fish back into their tank. Once the ammonia is under control and all is fine the tank and it's plants flourish.

I will try an easier product first, i think. Not sure, but I will study this further.
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