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I finally bought my new tank- it's a 5gal fluval spec v! I havent gotten it fully set up yet and am hopefully gonna go get some black rock for it today along with maybe some drift wood. Im going on vaca next week though so most of the plants are going to be purchased after that. Its going to be HEAVILY planted and im hoping to get lots of mosses for it along with maybe some giant duckweed for the top. This is my first lighted tank so im hoping to go all out with The vegetation.The fish I'm hetting for it should be arriving on the 28th of this month straight from thailand. He's SO beautiful. This is my first time shipping a betta and boy am I nervous! I'm pretty excited though too, especially because I've already had to wait many weeks since the poor guy ran into some health issues and had to be treated and recover before shipping. Im hoping to create a dark, over-run jungle type look for the tank and style it in a way that this guys colors really POP in contrast. Any suggestions in terms of decor are much appreciated! the lighting is LED, idk if that changes what plants can be used or not...

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I think we have a convert. If you can see your betta at a glance in a planted tank then you don't have enough plants. LOL It's a firm rule of thumb. I know his to be so very true. Your new boy will love exploring and patrolling his new home. I use many different natural accents. In a tank that size if you find a nice shaped piece of driftwood about 6" long and 2" wide to place off center would look nice. Rocks of different color and size and shape would be great accents. First figure out where the accents are going to have the eye catch them right off, and then plant around them. Start with Background plants and then mid ground plants and finally finishing with foreground plants. all with growth and spread in mind. All this and keep your accents open to view or planted with out totally blocking them.

Tank is now just about two weeks old and very much unfinished. Notice the accents and placement. The other is heavily planted with a piece of drift wood as an accent.

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Congrats on the new tank! Also, the Betta sure is beautiful and the colors are Spectacular. Spec, spectacular, get it? :wink3:

Have you picked out a name for him yet? The only suggestion I have is to keep in mind the filter is strong and modifying the output nozzle to reduce the water flow. I have a Spec V too. What works for me is tying media mesh over the output nozzle. I have the filter setting on medium rather than low. You can also sketch out how you want to arrange the tank decor with plants, hardscape, the focal point or centerpiece then build around that. I love the lush green plants in Old Dog's photo. I am no green thumb by any means. So I'm unable to offer advice on that. Right now I have hornwort and the needles are getting everywhere. Aside from that, my tank has swords which are sprouting new growth. So far, so good haha.
 

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Old Dog:
wow those tanks are quite beautiful! Ive had many of the same thoughts as you about decor which is wuite reassuring! My plaanis to have lots of dark green foliage around the tank with a jagged puece of driftwood and some rocks as a centerpiece kind of like in your second photo. Im hoping for lots of moss on the rocks and driftwood and am planning to get one or two javamoss balloons (not the technical term, I know. But I think we all know what I mean...) To put in the corner and peeking through the other plants. My hope is the keep it mostly dark colors that way my bettas color really pos and am also planning on adding some bright shrimp and a freshwater clam or two just for the fun of it! Just my thoughts, what does everyone thing?

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That is quite a pun! I havent come up with a name for him yet simply because I want to see his colors in person and get an idea of his character/personality before I puck but I have been thinking about it and so far have a whopping zero ideas! Yay! Any suggestions would be great! I appreciate your advice about the spec v! It's helpful to have tips from someone who knows and I agree that the waterflow seems a bit much although mine is currently set on high and I have the nozzle (?) Halfway out of the water to decrease the strenght and create some oxygenation/surface movement. I also love your idea of sketching out my plans! Ill get right on that for sure!
 

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Haha! Went to the pet store today and got to work on the decor! Im planning on getting a more jagged piece of driftwood soon, that piece was just one I had lyin around in an empty tank (RIP Hero 😢) and I wanted to put it in there for now just for visualization. Im probably gonna wait on the rest of the decor till after next week just to be sure I dont overspend but I love how its coming along so far and would feel just fine putting a betta in it now although the aesthetics aren't QUITE there yet.
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There are still quite a few bubbles on the glass- I just filled it today, I did use mostly water from my established 20gal to get the beneficial bacteria started.
 

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AHHHH, the bubbles can be wiped away with a sponge, (just make sure it stays dedicated to the fish tanks. You talk about a jagged piece of drift wood ? Remember betta fins get torn very easily. So if you round the jagged ends with sand paper and wash it well in hot water before you add it to the tank you'll be alright. (that goes for any rock make sure they are smooth enough ) Take a piece of pantry hose over the decor and if they snag the decor would also tear fins.

You have agood start with the tank will be waiting to see how it comes along.
 

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Thanks! I will definitely keep the pantyhose trick in mind! And i misspoke, i can't think of a better word than jagged but that's not exactly what I meant. Gnarly? Maybe? Is a better word...
 

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Looking awesome! I love the spec series of tanks, I've got both the Spec iii and the Spec V :) I've gone heavily planted as well, and it looks like your tank came with the new series of light, which is much better than the older model, so that's good. :) I had to substitute mine out and the new light I have is a bit too bright haha. Currently dealing with algae so it doesn't look as clean as it does here. :p Here's a pic of mine!
 

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Tank is going to look amazing!

FWIW, transferring water will not help cycling as nitrifying bacteria is in the substrate and filter media. Very little is in the water column.
 

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Bluebird101:
Wow your thank is quite beautiful! Similar to how Im hopiing mine should turn out! Good luck with that algae

Russell:
Thanks and good to know! How would you recommend I cycle the tank then? The fish is arriving in about two weeks

Vwlovr63:
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Haha! More stuff for my tank! I got a cool new piece of hollowed out driftwood as a cave and glued a bunch of moss to it with plant glue (didn't know that was a thing!) I also got some floating plants but I think Im gonna get some giant duckweed to use too at some point. There was also a wallpaper thing but It wasnt the right size so I'm hoping to exchange it for a better one.
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The Forum's tutorial. I would wait and do the fish-in cycling below. If you follow exactly and use products recommended the tank will cycle with no issues. Prime is of utmost importance as it neutralizes Ammonia and Nitrites for 24-48 hours. I continue testing for two or three weeks after the water reads 0 ppm Ammonia and Nitrite.

https://www.bettafish.com/30-betta-fish-care/507585-cycling-two-sentence-tutorial.html

Or, you could use filter media from another tank in addition to the media in the filter. But you will need an Ammonia source to feed the nitrifying bacteria. A snail or occasional dose of flake fish food will work.

I use SeaChem Stability when cycling tanks. Double dose on Day #1 and regular dose Day #2-8.
 

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It has come to my attention that this guy is a marble and therefore his colors will change. I still love him and Im sure he will be beautiful even after changing but I was curious If anybody knows how to stabilize the marble gene in hopes that his offspring may not change. I'm not sure if this is technically possible but if be willing to try no matter how difficult. Especialy since kois are kinda a stabilised marble gene, right?

Side note: When should I expect his volors to start changing? And for his offspring as well that way I can be sure not to sell anyone fish wrongly.
 

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Something like this should cover it: These are marble Betta. They carry the marble gene which means they can change color and pattern over their lifetime. What you see is the way they look now.

Not all Koi retain their pattern.
 

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PS: Asking the question on marbles in a separate thread might get you more informed answers as the question is somewhat lost in this thread on your new tank.
 
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