Lauren A Posted October 1, 2022 Share Posted October 1, 2022 (edited) This is a newly set up - 6 weeks running. I did a fishless cycle with plants using media from a mature tank as well as various hardscape from a previous tank. I ran two filters, an old HOB with a new corner filter for about a month and it was safe to remove the HOB about two weeks ago. All my parameters are in check. No more concerns about Ecoli (a previous post of mine) or wacky Gh fluctuations (another previous post) I just added my Galaxy Koi Betta, Jasper aka Jazzy, two days ago and he is having so much fun exploring his new territory. His only tank mates are 3 horned nerite snails. They were added about 3 weeks ago. And some limpets and springtails. I can not avoid them in any of my tanks. It’s all good, Jasper pulls the limpets off the glass and rocks for a nice snack! I’m very happy with my plants response. Some of the newer plants, especially Crypts, went through an transitional process from emersed to submerged form. They did great! I have Crypy Spiralis, Val’s and Crypt Retrospiralis with a couple stems in the back left side. They are slowly making their way up and will really fill in that back corner. The plants I chose to use are: Red Flame Sword Hygro Polysperma Crinum Calistrinum Crypt Wendtii, Spiralis, Retrospiralis, Maybe a lonely Balansae, Red Tiger Lotus (floating) Anacharis (floating and planted) Banana Plant (has a mind of its own) 🤷♀️ Vallisneria Water Sprite (floating) Guppy Grass (floating) Anubias Bucephalandra Sagittaria Subulata Pennywort Salvinia, Frogbit, Dwarf Water Lettuce (almost forgot these I think that’s about it! I didn’t go all crazy with fancy aquascaping techniques with the path. I like the messy look leading to his coconut. I also don’t have the patience! You can’t really see the mopani wood in the back right and center (there’s a little bridge over the path toward the back). Bettas love dark hideaways . A friend and betta keeper/breeder once told me that if you can always see your betta you need more plants! I also use Indian Almond Leaves. Thanks for checking this out! I plan to update pics as time goes on. A few more cute pics of Jasper in his coconut and taking a bubble bath - besides surfing the filter he also loves a nice bubble bath. So cute! Edited October 1, 2022 by Lauren A More pics and forgot some plants 4 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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