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Bettas and planted community tank

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Alright. I FINALLY got around taking a halfway decent photo of the community tank and also got an 8 minute long video of me messing around with the tank and the betta girls messing with me :lol

The cabomba shrunk a lot because I failed to realize just how much light the floating plants (duckweed, water lettuce, frogbit, riccia natans, hornwort) were blocking out. Initially I thought the shop light was a piece of poopoo and going dim, but then I saw what was really going on. I skimmed off 80% of the small floating plants and fed it to the goldis, moved some of the hornwort out to them as well, and now the tank is nice and bright again. I still got quite a few stems of cabomba so I am certain it will recover if I keep the water surface clear enough :D

Anyway, here's a few pics and a rather long video of the betta girls. Don't even bother turning up the volume - unless you want to listen to the audio of Vanilla Sky :rofl

"Full tank shot". As always, crappily photoshopped together :lol

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Some closeups of plants. I had two anubias flower (see top left corner in the first following photo) and the vals are growing wonderfully. A bit too much algae on the anubias but that might be due to the fact that I got the lights on about 15 hours a day. No joke.

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This here is interesting. It is cabomba, topped with java ferns, topped with hornwort, topped with various floating plants. It's like a bizarre sculpture :rofl

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And, last but by no means least:

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Its so gorgeous!! That last picture is hilarious :rofl

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I love this tank and your sorority! also LOL @ the last pic!

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I'm so jealous of how tall and beautiful your plants are! The whole tank is gorgeous and I love that plant sculpture.

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gorgeous! do you use co2? I never have, but my plants seem to grow pretty well without it. I love keeping betta girls in a community tank. I have one at the moment, but I used to breed them.

also, how do you get such a crisp full tank shot? i cant seem to do it :(

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Oh wow. That tank is so beautiful! Can you come over and plant my tank? I'll pay for airfare, transportation and hotel. Lol. Seriously though, good job!

Also, what's your lighting setup?

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gorgeous! do you use co2? I never have, but my plants seem to grow pretty well without it. I love keeping betta girls in a community tank. I have one at the moment, but I used to breed them.

also, how do you get such a crisp full tank shot? i cant seem to do it :(

It's actually two separate photos since I can never get one in one shot either. One of the left and one of the right side, and then crappily photoshopped together :rofl

I don't use CO2 but am supplementing with a liquid carbon product by API :)

Also, what's your lighting setup?

It's just a shop light from Home Depot with two 32watt T8 bulbs in it. :) Not quite as pretty as actual aquarium light fixtures, but much cheaper! :D

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Also, what's your lighting setup?

It's just a shop light from Home Depot with two 32watt T8 bulbs in it. :) Not quite as pretty as actual aquarium light fixtures, but much cheaper! :D

Yay, I do the same thing too. So I'm guessing your tank is 50/55 gallons? And do you hang it from the ceiling or lay it on top of the tank?

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55g, yes. I just got it laying across the tank. I don't trust it enough to be hanging from the ceiling :D

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You did a beautiful job making an awesome home for your betta's. I love all the plants you put in the tank. It looks so healthy and green. I Love all the plants on the surface. I bet they are loving their new spacious home. They have so much room to swim and explore. Thank you for putting up a video for all of us. I was really looking forward to seeing this. :)

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That last photo should be in one of the photo contests! :rofl Your fish are so cultured!! :D

Your tank is so lush and green.

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You did a beautiful job making an awesome home for your betta's. I love all the plants you put in the tank. It looks so healthy and green. I Love all the plants on the surface. I bet they are loving their new spacious home. They have so much room to swim and explore. Thank you for putting up a video for all of us. I was really looking forward to seeing this. :)

Thanks! I too think that they are quite happy with all that room. I don't think I'd ever keep a female betta by herself in a small tank anymore, but rather in a sorority or community - unless a specific fish is a big drama queen of course. :)

That last photo should be in one of the photo contests! :rofl Your fish are so cultured!! :D

Your tank is so lush and green.

Maybe I'll enter it :rofl

And thanks! :)

It looks amazing Fang! :D

Thanks, Alex!! :)

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