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  1. Compiled plant questions

    Planted Betta Tanks
    Hi there, I'm super new and still finalizing my first tank's cycle before bringing home my fish-son. If keeping fish-son happy for a while doesn't overwhelm us, we have a 75g tank we got from a friend that we'd like to make a NPT community tank. Since I've got questions now about what I already...
  2. Light timer recommendations

    Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    What are your favorite timers? Need to get something today: setting up my first planted tank tomorrow. Also, I'd prefer something I can set different stretches of time for (i.e. 3-4 hours on, couple of hours off, 3-4 hours on daily) so I can maximize the lights on time while I'm actually to...
  3. Office Aquarium Set Up Advice

    Planted Betta Tanks
    Hey all! This is my first ever post after lurking about this forum for the past few days. I will be setting up my first ever aquarium this week and had some logistics questions I was hoping for feedback on. We had fresh and saltwater tanks in my home growing up, but they were my dad's thing and...
  4. White (bacteria?) on Driftwood

    Planted Betta Tanks
    My tank has been cycling for a week now, with new driftwood, and I just put my betta in yesterday. Today I noticed some kind of white growth on the driftwood. Is it harmless to the betta? Should it be cleaned off? I got the driftwood from a seller who said it can be used in aquariums...
  5. How to change substrate in existing tank?

    Planted Betta Tanks
    Hi, I would like to change my 2 10g tanks over to fully planted tanks. Right now, I have a mix of live and fake plants, some which should be planted in substrate (but aren't yet :-? ) and some which are attached to decor (java fern) and some floaters. What I would like to do is remove the...
  6. Newbie Wants to Plant

    Planted Betta Tanks
    Okay so my experience with Bettas is the typical one, you get a fish get a 1 gallon bowl/tank etc...and throw the fish in and that's it...clean it about once a week or so and feed it. Not a very educated fish care but I figured it worked because I've had fish live for a few years like that...
  7. Input please! Planning for a 20G-long

    Planted Betta Tanks
    I am in the planning stages of considering setting up a dirt + cap natural planted 20 gallon long (male) betta + community tank, following OFL's wonderful guidelines. I'll have lots of questions on plants and fish, but for now I'd appreciate any and all feedback on the setup. Goal: EASY...
  8. Planted Tank and Fin Rot?

    Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies
    Hello! I hope you guys can help me out here, I'm in a bit of a fix... So, I have a HM betta that seems to have just got fin rot, about two days ago. At first I thought it was just tail splitting cuz he gets all excited, but now there are a few more rips and small bits missing from his tail. So...
  9. Betta Friends~

    Planted Betta Tanks
    Hi! I'm planning on starting a NPT and was wondering about shrimp and snails... Are there a particular kind of shrimp I should be getting? Obviously freshwater (duh), but what I mean by this question is, are there shrimp that are less likely to be eaten by my Betta, or is there a preventative...
  10. Mame's Betta Journal

    Journals
    So, rather than continue on my Opalo's 3 gallon planted Picotope journal, I decided it would be best to create a new betta journal for my many small tanks - only two of which are NPTs. :-) So, as for my bettas... First came Opalo: Opalo is a cellophane delta male. I got him back in February...
  11. Mame's 20 Gallon Community NPT Journal

    Journals
    Perhaps it's premature to start a journal thread, since I literally don't own anything I'll need for this tank - besides the betta, a bag of substrate, and some plants. But, the ideas for this tank are just floating around in my head right now, and I need a place to write them down! A bit of...
  12. Splody's Riparium Adventure: It's Not Easy Being Green

    Journals
    I keep posting questions in the Planted Tanks forum, but I feel like I'm spamming them with this one project, so I figured I'd just put it all here instead. I'm going to warn you now: this first post is gonna be long. So, you're probably asking: what's a riparium? It's basically a semi-aquatic...
  13. npt and lymphocystis?

    Planted Betta Tanks
    This is a very stupid question. I was in the middle of setting up an npt for my betta (Alexander) when I found out he had lymphocystis. The tank is done and waiting for a fish. Is it safe to put him in there? I heard one person at a fish store say that npts can make your fish get sick easier...
  14. Opalo's 3 gallon planted Picotope

    Journals
    I think it would be nice to have a place to talk about my little project, the future iwagumi betta Picotope. I'll probably use this thread to post updates on the tank, test results and plant updates, silly things Opalo does, and anything else related to the tank. :-) Latest pic: (4/3/14)...
  15. Tankmate ideas for my 10g? Shoaling? Split tank?

    Betta Fish Compatibility
    I have currently a fairly bare 10g with only my betta in it. I haven't tested in a while and don't plan to tonight but my tank's been running since the last week of October and usually tests with .25ppm ammonia [it ALWAYS tests this, I think it's faulty. I've never ever seen it read 0], 0ppm...
  16. Weaver's Re-Scape on Kasper's 2.5gal

    Planted Betta Tanks
    Oh my gosh. So, guess what I picked up today? Alternanthera reineckii 'cardinalis' and some Eleocharis parvula! Did a big change including adding in the laterite and planting the plants. Kasper is just... he's absolutely star-struck but how much green is in his tank now. Little stinker is just...
  17. Redoing my NPT...what about my MTS?

    Planted Betta Tanks
    I'm redoing my 55 gallon NPT (I want to move it so I have to empty it anyway), and because I want to get rid of the soil and just have sand. Anyway, I'm sure my soil is full of Malaysian Trumpet Snails. I can go through it and try to find the largest ones to keep (that's a LOT of soil, though)...
  18. Aquarium shops in Sydney, Australia

    Betta Chat
    i own two bettas atm and i find it VERY hard to find stores that have a good selection of plants and/or fish. I'm looking to add a couple tank mates and turn it into a NPT over the summer. (Kind of) Close by I have a PetBarn (wetherill park) which usually has a few plants, but not many fish and...
  19. Why is my NPT always cloudy??!! (and a bunch more questions)

    Planted Betta Tanks
    I have a 55 gallon NPT, and lately my tank has been really cloudy. It's always been a little cloudy. I've had it set up for about 8 months now, but within the past couple of weeks it's gotten a lot more cloudy and I am having major hair algae problems (that started about 4-5 months after the...
  20. Walstad bowl and 5 gal npt

    Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05dZaXTfvIc hey guys im new to the forum but certainly not new to bettas its a 3 gallon npt setup with a crowntial betta flora : java fern , jungle val , hair grass dwarf and long variety , small amazon sword , hair grass , and ludwigia repens :-D here is my...
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