Betta Get Sorted

jameson_uk

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Quick update.
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The crypts are starting to grow quite quickly now
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Seen a little bit of hair algae so need to keep an eye on that but just wondering what the best way is to clean the rocks
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Toothbrush and then water change?

I have a single horned nerite in there (who was not wanting his photo taken tonight) and wondering whether it might be worth adding another or adding an amano???

Betta still changing loads but again he doesn't want his photo taken tonight
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Tank has settled in quite nicely now but MK seems to be struggling. Lower older leaves just keep melting leaving the stems.

Frogbit looks green and healthy so not sure it is fert related? Could be a lack of light?
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Main update is the Betta passed a couple of months ago . Nothing immediately obvious but went off food, stopped being particularly active and then just faded out. The lockdown has put paid to me getting a replacement. I also got an amano
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but he only lasted two days as he decided the tank wasn't for him and went walkies
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Flora wise things are a little better with most of the buce filling out nicely (too well in fact) and the crypts doing well. The MK however is down to the last stem. I am hoping my change in the fert mix I am using might save it.

So today I had a little time on my hands and set about experimenting with the Oase FiltoSmart 60 I bought some time ago along with some glassware. (https://www.ukaps.org/forum/threads/awkward-and-small-pipework-problem.60727/)
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Part of this is because the JBL filter that was in there had started to get a bit noisy and the misses was complaining....

This is the flow in the spin pipe which seems quite a lot less than I was expecting.
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There is currently no media in the first compartment only a sponge in the second. First thoughts are the pump is quite noisy. I have expelled all the air but there is still a lot of humming from the impeller (and it isn't vibration onto the table) and I am not sure there is enough flow (good for a Betta but not sure the plants will appreciate it)
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jameson_uk

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So I am not entirely happy with the flow.

There is an Aquael 50W heater in there which (I think) was previously keeping the whole tank at a fairly consistent temperature. I am now seeing a 0.3/0.4 °C difference between the from of the heater and the opposite corner of the tank. I think part of this is that the inlet is next to the heater so I am probably taking the hotter water straight into the filter.

There is little to no sign of movement in the tank (no swaying leaves). I have also noticed a build up bubbles on the surface
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Is this a lack of surface agitation?

I am considering moving the inlet to the opposite corner to the outflow but not sure I can do this without making it look rubbish.

Thoughts on whether this is too bad for plants (the Betta when I get it will probably like it)

 

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Main news is that I have ordered a new Betta

I moved the inlet a week or so ago so that the inflow and outflow flow are roughly in opposite corners I can now see minimal movement now but it is only just noticeable. So far most of the plants don't seem to be affected but one crypt parva does seem to be adjusting . It seems to have dropped a bit and doesn't seem too happy. Hoping this is just adjusting to the reduced flow

 

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Still not happy with the flow and a few of the crypts at the front are starting to look a little sad which I think is probably down to distribution rather than levels of ferts.

Fish seems keen to remind me it is nearly time for his tea and keeps photo bombing


Task for next week is going to be attempting to clean the inflow which I suspect is going to be a little challenging given how narrow the pipework is
 

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I must say, as someone else doing a planted low tech Betta tank I am finding it tough compared to my last low tech (a 45cm with a HOB filter blasting right down it). I think the Betta considerations obliging higher temperatures and lower flow makes getting to a balanced system significantly harder.

What temp are you running at BTW?
 

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Hi Jameson, I personally would lower the temperature to between 25 to 26 C, this may help the plants a bit as well as being okay still for the rather lovely looking Betta.
 
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