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    Experiment Feedback: Testing Kits, Api Great But Tetra Easystrips Just

    I formerly, quite happily, used Tetra EasyStrips 6 in 1 Test Strips for measuring the water parameters before my weekly water changes on my Betta's 10 gallon tanks.  After repeatedly reading on this board the superiority of the API Freshwater Master Test Kit, I switched to the API Kit and found...
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    Experiment Feedback: Hydroponically Grown Spider Plants In Betta Tanks

    A while back I had asked advice of the forum concerning a couple of ideas I had.  I received excellent though varied feedback so after a while I decided to run experiments myself.   Question #2: Would house plant Spider Plants (Chlorophytum comosum) grow hydroponically by dangling their roots in...
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    Experiment Feedback: Removed Filters In Planted Tanks

    A while back I had asked advice of the forum concerning a couple of ideas I had.  I received excellent though varied feedback so after a while I decided to run experiments myself.   Question #1: Would I have to increase maintenance if I removed filtration from my Bettas’ Tanks? Answer #1: Turns...
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    Spider Plant Emergent Above Betta Tank?

    I seem to have an overly green thumb with spider plants (chlorophytum sp.) and I am overrun with them. My other great love is bettas. I house single male bettas each in 10 gallon sponge filtered, heated aquarium currently heavily planted with Java Ferns, Java Moss, Marino Moss balls, Anubias...
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    Betta In Planted 10 Gallon Without Filter? Increase In Maintenance?

    I currently house four male bettas each in their own 10 gallon tank which are heavily planted with Java Ferns, Java Moss, a centerpiece Anubias and floating duckweed. The tanks are kept at 78-80F, have LED lighting on a 14hr timer and are filtered with air driven sponge filters. Only tank...
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    Spontaneous Generation Shrimp?

    A shrimp pictured below appeared in my 10 gallon planted tank (Java Fern, Java Moss, Anubias nana) currently housing a school of zebra danios. No plants, decor or fish have been added to this tank in over a year. I thought maybe Tetra pellets as they list shrimp eggs as ingredient but Tetra...
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    Two Bettas In Divided 10 Gallon?

    What is consensus regarding male bettas in divided tanks where divider is transparent, i.e. Mesh. No possible contact between fish, sharing 10 gallon kept at toasty 78-80F in cycled, heated, sponge-filtered, heavily planted tank. Only snails for tank mates. Currently each betta has 10 gallons...
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    Bettas Succumb In Larger Quarters?

    Had eight male bettas in 10 gallon tank segregated in 1/2 gallon jars, tank being a water bath to keep them at 80F. Did 75-80% water changes twice weekly and rotated neighbors! All were happy, healthy and active. Each had a Java Fern in with them. But I felt guilty after joining the board...
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    Tank Size For Tiger Barb Shoal Tank?

    I now have all small tanks, 10gal or less for Bettas and would like a shoal (6-12?) of Tiger Barbs in a new tank but space is an issue. Would a 20gal long suffice for them alone, with maybe some Cory's or Oto's? Since so much importance is given to surface area, is a 29 gal much better as both...
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    Appropriate Betta Tankmates In 10 Gallon

    I would like suggestions for Tankmates for a male betta in a 10 gallon tank, ph7, temp 78F, small sponge filter, heavily planted with Java Fern on Driftwood. I had 8 male bettas in 1/2 gallon canning jars in the tank (75% twice weekly jar water changes) with the tank being essentially a water...
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