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The tank is coming along nicely. I love the elephant ear and the color. With the 4 boys I have my oldest is an elephant ear named Gunny.
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The tank is coming along nicely. I love the elephant ear and the color. With the 4 boys I have my oldest is an elephant ear named Gunny.
Thank you! I love watching elephant ear bettas pectoral fins when they swim. They're so beautiful!
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After this post, you will all be caught up! The anubias died off pretty quickly. I have no idea why mine always seem to die? I know not to put the rhizome in the substrate. Most of my crypt wenti melted away too! I ordered aquarium co-op easy green all in one fertilizer and that seems to have helped a little. I switched things up a bit but not too much around this time. I am wondering if my light could be the cause of my problems? It’s a national geographic deluxe programmable LED aquarium light.

My sister has a 5-gallon tank in her classroom and another teacher has a back to the roots aqua garden in her room that I help take care of during the year. Summer was coming up and I decided to set up a split 10-gallon tank for their fish so I would only have to do water changes on 2 tanks instead of 3.

I set the tank up with the hopes of growing sweet potatoes in it for some extra filtration and to have the roots for the fish to swim in. I got the idea from Foo the flower horn on youtube and if you don’t watch his videos you are missing out! His sweet potato betta tank is amazing! I also used some landscaping stones we had in our garage but I quickly realized that not all stones are aquarium safe so I switched it out for the decor that was already in their tanks at school. It’s not my favorite tank but I think it is okay for summer!

The golden fish is named Puffer (well Puffer 2.0) and he has done awesome this summer! Unfortunately, the other fish, Max, damaged his fins during the move to the new tank and even though I tried 6 different treatment options he passed away. I really feel like an awful fish momma but I know I did everything I could for him.

Douglas has become more lethargic and is struggling to swim. Up until a couple of days ago, he was still able to get his food quickly but now I have to place the food right in front of him or he can’t swim to get it. I have moved him to a smaller tank and I think I am going to try to treat him for swim bladder.

I also got a new fish for the other teacher (she is devastated that Max has passed, she really bonded with him over the year) I will post about her soon once she is more settled in!
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I agree about white substrate. I love it but not how dirty it looks after a while. Too much maintenance for me.

Hope Douglas gets better.

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I love the dumbo-ear bettas; though I read a really interesting article on how the breeding of the special varieties of betta (like 'half-moon' 'full moon' 'dragon scale') has lead to a lot of health problems, including increased risk of cardiac exhaustion (due to flowing fins) and tumours. My beloved Karl was a dumbo ear and just the most beautiful Betta (my mom was sad when he died because he was the 'prettiest' of my four boys at the time) and I want to get a dumbo ear again, but I'm not sure because I'm hoping it wasn't due to his 'type' that caused him to die so young.

Love what you're doing though! Also glad to hear your sister's class Betta is in a proper environment, I was given a guppie at the beginning of the summer who had been abandoned by a teacher in my mom's school-the guppy was living in one of those tiny critter keepers that are like 500ml, with no heater or filter or any plants...the water was so green/brown that my mom thought he was a betta not a guppy...
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Well, I have a lot of updates!

Firsts things first, Douglas, has passed away. I am heartbroken. Although I did have one other betta years ago he was not in a proper set up so Douglas was the first betta that I truly knew what I was doing with. It took me weeks before I could even look at getting a new betta.

I did, however, get a new betta who I named Tortilla. He is a mustard gas or a “paradise male” according to Petco and although at first, I was just missing Douglas I have come to really enjoy Tortilla.

He makes massive bubble nests and gets very VERY angry when I disrupt them. He has such a cute personality!

It’s been less than a year since I started this 10-gallon tank and with my growing knowledge and skill for live plants, I now have a different idea of what I would like my tank to look like. A year ago I never thought I would have the knowledge I do now on how to care for plants!

I got some new plants for my tank and decided to just plop them in there and let them grow until I got the hardscape to re-scape my tank. I hate having plants all over with no rhyme or reason for it but Tortilla didn’t seem to mind at all! LOL

So far I have gotten hornwort and what I believe to be some sort of moss from my LFS. I then ordered some Vallisneria and got a free plant with it that I believe is fanwort, and then I ordered some Bacopa and got what I believe to be Ludwigia Repens Red with it!

It was my birthday on September 10th (I’m 23 now!) and with my birthday money, I decided to get one more order of plants before I re-scaped my tank.

This time I got a Melon Sword, Cardinal plant (Lobelia cardinalis “Dwarf”) Bunched Rotala Macrandra (giant red macrandra) Anubias Nana Petite (whyyy are these so pricy!), Ludwigia Ovalis, and Red Rubin.

I’ll include some pics of my tank during the “grow out” process and of it now! I am pretty happy with how it turned out and I even filmed a time-lapse of me scaping the tank that I uploaded to youtube so I will also include a link to that! The comparison picture is one week of growth. You can see how crazy my frogbit is!

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I'm so sorry to hear about Douglas. I know it wasn't the care he was given or his home. The tank looks great. I have taken on a project in a 10 gallon to see what I can do with it in a community and betta setting. I came across this tank in a going out of business sale, a 10 gallon setup with just a really cheep looking LED hood, for $3.00. I said to myself why not. So it came home and I added the heater and filter I have had from other tanks. I used the rest of my white sand substrate and added 15 lb. of small white pebbles, and started the fishless cycle. The tank has been running now for about a month and the cycle isn't even close to being done. So today I'm going up to Erie PA to get plants ( right now there are silk plants in the tank and I will not stand for fake plants.)I'm also going to look for some small community fish so this cycle will end. I haven't decided on any betta yet but I'll be in contact with a friend of Russell's today and if he still has an HM I saw yesterday I'm going to pull the trigger on him. So when I can I'll post the new tank.

Thanks Molly910 for the push to get this 10 gallon running. I have other tanks in the works that have taken on a life of their own. My basement fish room is getting a bit overstocked and i had better get the racks finished for the breeder tanks. I should have this done by Christmas. It's a great keeping busy project for me. (It's one of those projects that just keeps growing I don't know why. My wife says its an addiction.) LOL
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Wow-what an awesome deal! Any ideas on what you're going to stock it with? I actually only got the 10-gallon tank because the dollar per gallon sale was going on when I went in to get a 5.5 gallon and when I realized that it would be cheaper to get a 10 gallon I just went for it. Funny what a good deal will get us to do!
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This is so very true so here's what $3.00 will get ya. A 10 gallon tank with a really cheep Tetra plastic LED hood. I sad what the heck I could use the tank and I have the filters and heaters That I have saved over the years. and I had about 15 lb. of white sand substrate left from my last 5.5 gal. setup. (it really pays to save filters and heaters that still work. Less expensive to set a tank up.

I still have no idea of what to put in the tank except I did buy a new boy to day and he will be here around Thursday. As far as other fish I'm going to do a wait and see.

I'm posting a new thread in Planted tanks so I hope you take a look.
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Are you interested in tankmates? If so, I would recommend kuhli loaches, a school of 6 corydoras, some honey gouramis or oto catfish. But, before you get tankmates, I would put a single finger in the tank. Does your betta seem aggressive? Does it bite at it? Does it hunt it or display to it? If so, I would not recommend tankmates. Although, one of my bettas is MUCH happier with tankmate, although, he is very peaceful.
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