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Nano Tank?
June 14, 2010
10:39 am
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Fishwife
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I'll be setting up a new 25 litre tank shortly for my new Betta, and as it's a nice cube tank 30 x 30 x 30 cm, I thought rather than just pop in a few Anubias and Crypts, I'd plant it properly and try a few medium light plants. I've got an 18 watt Supperfish clip on light from a bigger tank so thought this would give me the chance of different plants /cool.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.gif" />

Now, would I be better using CO2, and if so which system would be best? Or would I be better just using Seachems Flourish Excel /unsure.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":unsure:" border="0" alt="unsure.gif" /> And, would sand be suitable for the substrate, or would I be better buying a planting medium, if so how deep would it need to be and how much would I need? /dry.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="<_ <" border="0" alt="dry.gif">

The substrate and other calculator I've always used seems to have disappeared off the internet, anyone know another good one /huh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":huh:" border="0" alt="huh.gif" />

June 14, 2010
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I'd go with Excel in a tank that size - not worth the expense of a full blown system and the DIY kits cause more problems in my experience.

Sand is fine if thats what you want - just make sure you add some root tabs around greedy root feeders.

June 16, 2010
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Thanks Dave, I've changed my mind about sand and was wondering if I should go for the flora base or just go gravel and tabs. Would I need to add tabs to the flora base at a later date? Also how deep would I have to go? The tank is 12 x 12 x 12 ins so I could have quite a deep base.

Also where should I put the filter? Sorry if that's a daft question, but I know plants like a bit of movement but Bettas don't. I'm thinking of getting a Plakat, so he should be able to cope with a bit more flow than a long finned fish.

June 16, 2010
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up to an inch should be deep enough for most plants. If your using flora base I wouldn't worry about tabs.

I always position my filter at the side pointing across the tank - usually at the back out the way - pic- you can just about see the filter at the back!

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