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Greenthumb
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PostPosted: 2007.09.06(Thu)13:48    Post subject: My 10g Betta paradise Reply with quote

OK well this is the completed project that I originally posted on the DIY forum. I made the background using a styrofoam and cement method. Simple play sand, with some rocks and driftwood I collected while camping. The current inhabitants are 3 olive nerites and 1 crowntail betta, I'm going to add a couple white clouds in a few weeks probably.
The flora is a few dwarf sag, java fern, some fissidens moss, salvinia minimus, and what I think might be java moss, though it looks lighter in color and more dense, so I'm not sure exactly what it is yet. It might be flame moss, I bought it at a local plant story and it was just marked as moss. Id appreciate any feedback, here are a few pictures.

Morning light:


Aquarium light only, I love the shadow effects.


A close up of the salvinia, you can usually find winchester hanging out in this area.



Winchester, isn't he beautiful? I found him at petco, what a steal. He is still pretty young, probably no more than 7 mo or so.







Tank from the side



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PostPosted: 2007.09.06(Thu)13:52    Post subject: Reply with quote

That looks amazing Shocked

Your betta looks very happy in there too Smile

Are there any other fish or does he have it all to himself?

EDIT - oh, betta paradise kinda answers that one Embarassed


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ceci9293
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Location: Austin, TX

PostPosted: 2007.09.06(Thu)14:26    Post subject: Reply with quote

That tank is absolutely perfect. I mean, I've often thought, if I were to brave some live plants for once and try to make a tank where a betta could really feel at one with his instincts, what would it look like? And I LOVE what you did. The shadowy corner, the light cutting through the surface plants in rays like that... oh my gosh. I know I'm gushing but it's JUST what I've wanted to do.

What kind of lighting is it, and are you using CO2 and/or fertilizers for those plants?? I'm feeling inspired! Not that I can afford it.... the filter on Dragon's 5 gallon broke a couple of days ago and that's only a week after the hood melted down and stopped working. (Don't worry, we immediately moved the heater to another strip.)
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PostPosted: 2007.09.06(Thu)15:05    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the comments, CAllain, yes he is the only fish in there for now, however I am going to add some minows atsome point. Ceci, there is no CO2 or ferts. The lighting is 2 9w PC bulbs at 6700k. I bought it for 30 bucks on sale w/ bulbs. No heater, but there is a small filter that is hidden behind the rock wall.
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PostPosted: 2007.09.06(Thu)17:51    Post subject: Reply with quote

uh...wow thats a great tank.... I wish my 10 gallon looked like that.
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Serena
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PostPosted: 2007.09.06(Thu)21:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow is right, thats a gorgeous tank. Winchester is stunning! I love the shadowy affects as well.
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PostPosted: 2007.09.06(Thu)21:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do your olive nerites eat green powder ("spot," same thing I think) algae?
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PostPosted: 2007.09.06(Thu)21:36    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome, if I were a betta I would want to live there Wink
Where did you get that wood? It makes the tank feel so natural! Beutiful tank and betta, gotta post him in the bettas thread!
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PostPosted: 2007.10.02(Tue)14:09    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bad news guys, this tank was irreparibly cracked during my recent move to my new apartment and had to be tossed. It was an important lesson however. Make sure to tie everything down in your U-haul. Perhaps I will attempt another concrete background at some point. Charles Emmerson Winchester III did not survive in his little bowl while I was trying to fix the tank. Just disaster all around Sad.
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PostPosted: 2007.10.02(Tue)14:44    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry about that, sounds awful Sad and it was such a nice tank and such a pretty betta too
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