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  1. Betta Chat
    My betta just dug a hole in the moss and substrate under my Java fern… Now he is sitting there with his head in the ground. He has never done this before. My tank is heavily planted and has a giant piece of driftwood full of holes to hide in… Why is he doing this? Is something wrong? Any...
  2. Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    So recently I attempted a planted tank, and completely botched it up. I purchased some wonderful mineralized topsoil from bamaplants.com, but for whatever reason we didn't completely cap it. So after realizing that mistake, we drained the water and completely capped it, but there's still "mud...
  3. Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    So I got a 29gal Tank from Petco's godly annual 1$ a gallon sale and I'm currently doing a ton of research on what I want to stock it with and such. I want to paint the background black and I'm wondering if this tube of Liquitex Basic Acrylic paint in Mars Black would be safe for the background...
  4. Planted Betta Tanks
    So I was having major issues with water quality in my tank. I got rid of the gravel, and other than the fact it kinda un-cycled the tank, it's made all the difference. I tied my plants to suction cups to anchor them, and I've been using liquid plant food, which seems to be keeping them nice and...
  5. Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    While I'm twiddling my thumbs in anticipation of my fluval spec v arriving in the mail, I was wondering if I could get some feedback. Should I do black or white sand? I felt that poop and other fun things fell through gravel and river rock too easily so I switched in my previous tank and I...
  6. Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    So I've been thinking about getting a betta for a while now and I've been doing a lot of research. I don't have a lot of money so I was able to get a used 10 gallon from my aunt. It hadn't been used for years and it was pretty dirty. Cleaning the actual tank itself wasn't too hard, I just used...
  7. Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    I have heard that having no gravel in your tank is easier to clean and it doesn't do anything beneficially. Is this true? Or does beneficial bacteria like to sit on gravel? I don't know wether to use it or not. Please share your input. Thank you :)
  8. Planted Betta Tanks
    I'd really like to add a bit of black sand to my two planted tanks. Both tanks are cycled, and have been set up for a few months now. They have bettas and snails. How would I go about adding new sand? Just drain the tanks and dump it in around the plants? Should I take the fish and snails out...
  9. Other Fish
    Waddup guys? So one of my tanks, the 10 gallon one has to be re-stocked. I currently have only 1 molly inside and yeah before you guys say the tank is too small for him, my 5g, 20g and 29g are completely full or have fish that are gonna kill him. So I'm really bad at deciding what to put it...
  10. Planted Betta Tanks
    Hi everyone, I'm wondering whether I can use filter media as a base layer for my substrate (below the Fluorite) to avoid compaction and provide something for beneficial bacteria to grow on. I'm thinking of using volcanic rock filter media, but I just wanted to check with you guys to make sure...
  11. Planted Betta Tanks
    Your one and only undead reporting for duties so dastardly only the brave dare imagine. Breaking away from the main stream and embracing the ways of experimentalism! The horror!! ... Ahem... Anyway! My goal is to turn an old 55 gallon aquarium bound for the junkyard into one of the most...
  12. Planted Betta Tanks
    hello everyone, i just recently got red cherry shrimp and iwas wanting to change my substrate from a light colored gravel to a darker more nutrient substrate so that way my plants can grow better and the color in my red cherry shrimp can be more shown. any tips on changing substrate and how...
  13. Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    I have a cycled 2.5 that Mokiki shares with 2 apple snails. Mokiki poops like CRAZY so I siphon his poop out every day. The problem is that in his old tank, the gravel was dark and I could easily see the poop to get it out. In this tank the gravel is multicolored and the poop blends in, so no...
  14. Betta Fish Care
    What type of substrate would I need for a planted tank? I see on AB someone selling a special 2 pack "dirt looking" substrate? I am new to the planted tank idea, but thought I could plant in gravel and/or sand? Perhaps it depends on what I want to plant? All I want to plant are plants that are...
  15. Planted Betta Tanks
    Does anyone know of any plants I can plant in gravel?? I am going to start a ten gallon tank soon and would like to have some live plants. Please let me know of any easy to care for plants! Thanks! :)
  16. Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    I was going to do a bare bottom 10 gallon tank, but I don't want to anymore. I've filled the tank up with water already and dosed the ammonia for cycling so is there anyway I can add substrate without emptying the tank? That would be a ton of work and it would mess up my cycle. I am choosing...
  17. Other Fish
    I will be getting 1 or 2 ADFs to live with my female betta in her 10 gallon once it cycles. I was going to do a bare bottom tank because I was worried that the ADFs might eat some gravel and die, but now I'm not so sure. My tank looks ugly and it's been cycling for a week and still no...
  18. Other Fish
    I ordered Eco Complete Planted Black aquarium substrate from Petco to use in my 20 gallon cory tank. I will be getting lots of plants, so I thought it would be good. I thought it was sand, but it came today and it's actually small gravel. I'm worried that it's going to be too rough on my...
  19. Other Fish
    I have 4 albino cories in my 20 gallon long tank. I know cories do best in sand, so I got some black aquarium sand from petco. When I put it in, it raised the ph to over 9 and I lost half my fish. The other cories are barely alive and hardly eat or move. I am going to move them into a 5...
  20. Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    So I'm buying a 2.5 gallon mini bow desktop aquarium for Milotic my double tail male. I want to plant it with real plants and have it be all natural and healthy as possible for him can anyone give me some advice on what plants to get substrate thats worked well liquid fertilizers etc...?
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