BETTA FISH TANK SETUP - NON-CO2 AQUASCAPE WITH BUILT-IN FILTERMay 01, 2020
Welcome to the beautiful world of Aquascaping! And I'll pour the water! Today we are going to make a Betta
tank. Because I really want to do better than Tommy. He made a very successful video, destroying a Betta
tankin just 15 minutes. Okay, she liked him for a minute more, or something like that. This video already has 530,000 views, which is really a lot. It's one of the most popular videos here on Green Aqua's YouTube channel. So we thought: I'll do something similar here. Except it won't last 15 to 17 minutes. To sculpt it... it will take me hours to hold it.
I want to make a hardscape for that Betta
fish, to show the beauty of the
fish. So now we go to the warehouse and we are going to start assembling rocks. Stay with us! Also, while recording the plant lesson with Tommy, I just realized that we haven't made any tanks that have a full close-up of Marsilea. Then we will do it too. Well, let's see what we have here! First of all, I have my gloves, because I will be handling the stones. The tank actually measures 30x40 centimeters, because at the bottom we have 10 centimeters of
We will be using black Seiryu stones in this aquarium because of the red color of this beautiful Betta fish. It will be emphasized by the use of these rocks. We have to leave these openings empty, because water will flow through those openings. Oops! I almost broke the glass. The main idea is to have as much free space as possible so that it can float. We must be able to observe it all the time, so it must be visible all the time. It will be the crown jewel of this tank. I have the outlet at the top of the tank.
I don't want to obstruct the flow. I will use background plants on the left side of the tank. And they will cover the feeds. I want to gradually move towards the mossy rocks on the right side. You can see that the composition of the triangle of rocks in the background is already beginning to take shape. I'll get the gray Impa glue. This is the glue I use all the time. It doesn't do anything to the water. Okay, this is the reagent here. The more you use it, the faster the glue will harden. Should you glue these rocks together?
Probably not, but if you do, your maintenance job will be much easier in the long run. Let's put the third part. You see, this part is attached to the other rock, so I have to apply glue on this side. I will use ADA tweezers to place the pebbles into the glue. And I have to be very careful because I don't want glue to get on them. I will start looking for additional pieces of rock that will go on top of the structure to increase the height even more. I applied it on the wrong side. Do not tell anybody!
I saved the rock. I just deleted it. Second round! Bullets against the rock. Here we are simply building an L-shaped structure. The left side of the tank and the front side will be visible. Fish will swim in the middle if there is no place to hide on the bottom. We will fill everything with fine
filtermesh. I will cover the joints with moss and I can also put moss in all the cracks, between the rocks and the glass. I'm not sure I can remove this hard material later. But it turns out that what happens, right? The right side of the tank is ready.
Let's see what we can do on the left side! Third round! We don't have girls around, you know? I think the glue is starting to take effect on me. Well, we're done! Let's get this all back into the studio! Okay, so I think the tank has arrived. Thanks Szebi! This is a very strong panorama. You can do anything with it. I can see that the water will flow into the filtration chamber on the right side, here. And this is supposed to be filled with some filter pads. So we're going to fill these two chambers with biological filter media.
In the last room there is an Eheim Compact 300 pump. Therefore, the water will be forced to pass through the actual filter mesh. And I can always change this fine filter grid. Okay, so why did I put the filter cloth and fine mesh like that? Because the first step of filtration has to be to trap all the physical particles, all the plant leaves, everything, that comes out of the tank. The second step should be the biological filter media. Therefore, the entire filter, 90% or 95% of the filter, must be filled with biological filter media. Which will fit in these two rooms here.
People say Betta fish don't need filtration, but they do. And then the last step of filtering should be a good filter mesh. Furthermore, if you wish, you can also settle in Purigen. So what we're going to do is take a bag of Purigen and I'm going to put it here on top of all of this. Then you get crystal clear water. We need a heater because Betta fish need heat. They need about 28 degrees. They like warmer water. This is Eheim's smallest heater. 25W. I still have to present this. I'm just going to put it here, I'm not going to worry too much about it.
Marsilea is the only low-tech carpet factory. Like I said... Did I say it? No no. We do not have CO2 injection in this tank. So this will be a low tech tank. These don't really need the base layer fertilizer substrate, so I won't add it. I'm using Amazonia Light because I really want to not have so much ammonia from the start. Amazonia light is a really good substrate even for beginners. How many do we need here? Maybe we only need 3 liters. I need some height in the foreground to allow Marsilea's roots to take root well there.
I don't want Betta to go in there... And here. I will try to hide these points. Good! There is nowhere to hide! I can take these beautiful ADA Wabi-Kusa mats and cut them into little strips and add those strips here. I really like building tanks like this! You can see there's some duct tape there. I must cover it with moss. Anubias doesn't like having his roots pulled out. So be careful. Brick building an aquarium. I never did that before. Here we are going to try two different types of mother plants. The first would be Vallisneria Americana or Echinodorus vesuvius.
It is a much larger plant. I will present everything I can about it. I think this is much cleaner here. That would be a disaster. It would be too heavy. It is very important, you have to plant a lot, from the beginning, if you have a low-tech tank. Because the plants will spread much more slowly. You can see this rhizome here. This is already a corridor. And that is the problem with Vallisneria. He will develop these runners and try to go anywhere in the tank, but if you reduce him regularly (and it is relatively easy to nurse in a tank like this) he should be fine.
I also have an Anubia that should go here. It will probably create a bit of a problem here. Maybe I should put it on a rock. I'll tell you from what the creator of the suikei ADA design, Daichi Araki, learned in his workshop. This is how we prepare Anubia, which will be on a rock. We need to tighten the wood. So, get Anubias through Wood Tight. How did they do this? It was much easier when they did it. I have Marsilea hirsuta and I have Marsilea crenata. Crenata is the smallest. So I have five bottles of this.
And this will come to the fore. So I'll leave it at that. Take a small piece, fold it, take some tweezers, start from the corner, push and release. Delay! So it was five boats of Crenata, and now I'm moving to Hirsuta. So I don't really follow the one pot/one palm area rule. Here I want to plant a lot from the beginning, to avoid algae. I will not inject CO2. All that remains is to tear it all off, with a lock of hair, which we have decided can die. If he doesn't die, then we're lucky. We are ready with the planting.
Introducing the light! Here I have the Twinstar 300C light. This is the light. This is the attitude. This is the adapter. And let there be light! This is a nice minimalist scheme for the Betta fish. You can see it's very monochrome. This is probably all dark green. We only have one thing to do now. Let's choose the resident! Let go of the selection process! It's not natural selection, it's unnatural selection, because I do it. Here we have 14 Betta fish. I think red should be cool. Because if we have the greens of the plants and we have the blue, gray and black color of the black stones of Seiryu, then this goldfish would contrast perfectly.
So that's my choice! We chose the beautiful red Betta fish. And I think we're ready! Don't forget to subscribe, also hit the bell button to receive notifications of our future uploads. Hit the like button if you like this tank and this video! And see you next week! Bye bye!
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