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Here's my first set up for my betta tank. I use to have him in a 1 gal bowl but decided to do this when I got a bunch of free java fern from another aquarist. My sister says she thinks its too busy, but my intentions were to provide enough cover for him and the dwarf frog he likes to pick on. What do you guys think? how could I fix it? I plan on getting a better light source soon. Sorry about the poor pic.
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I agree about trying to find a taller thin bladed plant like one of the Echinos for that bare back corner. Otherwise, it looks like a wonderful start. I hope you will share photos as it grows in. I would love to see how it develops!
 

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Ok, thanks for your input guys. I'm going to start looking for something to fill in that area. Right now its occupied by an experimental terracotta pot that I sewed a net sleeve to cover it and laced it with java moss-it was supposed to hide the fact that it was a flower pot and look like a moss cave but it's not doing too well. I'll ax it soon and get a grassy plant.

I was also wondering, what do you think of an aponogeton bulb in the right corner? My betta likes to sit right under the surface but only when there's cover for him, so I was thinking of planting a bulb and letting it grow leaves to the surface for him. I planned on selectively trimming them to keep them over to the right half of the tank, which would protect the african fern from getting too much light(it really seems to hate light). What do you think??

Thanks for your input and I'll keep you posted with pics as it fills in. The Java fern was pearling quite a bit today.

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In my opinion the scale of the plants is wrong for a small container. I would try narrow leaf java fern and replace the bolbitis with some of the miniature anubias.
Both the fern and the bolbitis are going to be hard to prune and have them be attractive in a nano.
I've got a nano with narrow leaf java fern in it and even it is slowly taking over more and more space.
 

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Yhea, I knew that it was big when I put it in and that the setup wasn't ideal, but I got the plants for free and figured I'd keep them until my betta is no more (he's 3 1/2 yo.). Then I'll sell them and get something a little different. I was hoping to for some advice on how to change this set up with the stuff I had, with the possibility of buying one or two more plants. Thanks though.
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If you want the lacy fern leaf look you could use Java- wendelov. It doesn't get as nearly as big as regular java or the narrow leaf. It will get bushy and would be a good fit for your tank. The moss would cover your pot, sounded like a great idea to me. It will grow slowly and will take time. Hang in there - you have great start. :D
 

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Ok so I got a new tank for rufio and smee ( my betta and dwarf frog) and now this tank can be rescaped. I still tried to use the java fern until I have some extra $$ to buy different plants, but here's what I came up with for this tank. I'm planning on removing the java moss off of the twigs and replacing it with weeping moss. What do you think? What plants should I keep my eye out for to replace the java fern?
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Thanks, a 10 gal was too big for a desk aquarium and a 5 gal was too expensive. So I settled for this. I think I'm going to cut off the rim that folds over and make a base for it so it doesn't look so obvious.
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Oh well, its all I can afford right now.

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Thanks, a 10 gal was too big for a desk aquarium and a 5 gal was too expensive. So I settled for this. I think I'm going to cut off the rim that folds over and make a base for it so it doesn't look so obvious.
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Oh well, its all I can afford right now.

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I would leave the rim..... for structural reasons :):yawinkle: ;)
 
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