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Old 02-27-2013, 10:08 PM
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Gotcha, I'm really going to try and check around, locally I can pretty much only source fish at petsmart or a couple small pet stores, but being only a bit over an hour from Toronto there has to be a good fish dedicated store around!
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Old 02-28-2013, 04:38 AM
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I am totally not a fish expert...but hubby is. I showed him the pic and the very first thing that he said is why bother setting up a nice tank and not doing a proper cycle? The number one reason that novices get out of fish is because they lose too many fish because of poor tank conditions. He said that while it is certainly better than most betta tanks and many people would dump theirs in now, a little patience would go a long way and give you years and years of additional life on your betta. The bacteria in a bottle is a marketing gimick...that adding regular ammonia in your tanks is the fastest AND easiest way to properly cycle a tank without killing fish. You can certainly do a cycle with your betta and it would most likely survive but the life expectancy of it would be heavily reduced. With that said, many people cycle tanks with fish but typically something a little cheaper than a betta!

Right now we have 4 tanks running in our house. We have 2 35gallons, a 10 gallon, and an 80 gallon. Right now hubby is planning his 120 gallon...
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:12 AM
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With a Betta, it would be much safer to go with only real plants. Hard plastic tends to catch and tear Betta fins.

I have a Betta and two albino corries in my ten gallon in the kitchen.
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:22 AM
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With a Betta, it would be much safer to go with only real plants. Hard plastic tends to catch and tear Betta fins.

I have a Betta and two albino corries in my ten gallon in the kitchen.
This or silk.

I think the rule I was told was if you run a pair of rights over it and they snag it will tear up your betta.
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:35 AM
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This or silk.

I think the rule I was told was if you run a pair of rights over it and they snag it will tear up your betta.
That's what I've heard as well. I like the silk plants for the realistic movement, if not exactly realistic looking-ness, lol. I really liked the Betta hammock! That's adorable.
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:51 AM
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Maybe I'll get a couple real and a couple silk plants today, and take out the fake ones, and I'm going to look for a hammock as well
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:53 AM
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Just a quick mention...if you are thinking of doing real plants in the future, I find it much easier to start a tank with real and let everything work itself out before adding fish. I actually do low maintenance planted tanks (just use dirt at the bottom under the gravel and no co2 or ferts or anything).
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:55 AM
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That sounds like a good idea, I am not adding fish until I am sure the tank is ready... I don't want to sentence my fish to death lol
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Maybe I'll get a couple real and a couple silk plants today, and take out the fake ones, and I'm going to look for a hammock as well
My hammock was like $1 at petco.
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Old 02-28-2013, 12:25 PM
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This is my tank, the plants are taking over and bob loves it!

Most of my plants I grew from super cheap bulbs from Walmart. I think a pack of 4 bulbs was less than $2.


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