Originally Posted by ADsnail
Hi Elf Sprite, welcome. Thanks for the pictures. You have a really pretty setup in there. I can see what you mean about Cosmos' fins being torn up. There's a lot to tear on - almost everything, in fact. Since you have a pretty full house in that 8gal, would you consider moving Cosmos to his own tank (with his own snail, even) and making it wholly betta-ized? Live and silk plants instead of plastic, smooth and rounded decor, stones, seashells, instead of corals and edgy rocks, and a Betta Log for his very own hidey bedroom?
I've never had a Biorb so I can't help with altering the filtration system. But if you gave Cosmos his own apartment, would you still want to change what you have now, keeping the guppies in there?
Hi! Right now I don't have any snails left. I've been trading out the biorb coral and plants for silk plants, but they don't seat well in the ceramic media and I haven't had any success with live plants in the ceramic media (another reason I'm changing media). Once I get rid of the UGF
system, that should remove most of the current from the tank, and I bought an air flow control gauge thing to put on the air stone for oxygenation. He gets excited about bubbles, but that way I can control how much airflow goes into the tank, to keep down any water current.
When I started out two years ago buying my first betta, the pet store told me I only needed a gallon for him. So I've been learning as I go. Another betta keeper recommended the biorb tank for extra room, and said some bettas, when you get them young and add them to an already stocked tank, do ok with tank mates (thus the 3 guppies, Cosmos was small when I got him). Cosmos does have a couple betta leaf hammocks (he doesn't use them) and a betta log (he rarely uses it, the guppies use it more lol). I also learned about Indian almond leaves this spring, so now he gets one (or part of one) in his tank each water change.
I learned about silk plants vs plastic plants in August and just got my order in last week (haven't taken pictures with them), but have a nice variety of those now, from Imagitarium. I am working on going over them with nail snippers to cut the small jagged bits off the stems.
I learned over the past month that bettas don't like currents, and that the substrate is causing issues with his fins, when he started showing symptoms of fin rot and I had to research treatment. I learned since he likes to sit on the bottom, he could have picked the fin rot up from the UGF
filtration system (in addition to the other issues I've learned a standard biorb has for a betta).
He's been in his hospital tank for treatment for two weeks. I'm keeping him in his hospital tank now until I get his biorb tank changed over this weekend, so it's properly suited for him. Other biorb owners have mentioned doing these mods to their tanks, but I haven't found any step-by-steps on how to, so I've been figuring it out as I go.
Rather than buy a whole new tank, I'd rather just see this one (it's rectangular, not a bowl biorb) as a container, and add everything needed for an aquarium setup separately like you'd do for a standard glass tank, changing the filter and substrate to work for my betta. I know about putting a handful of the old UGF
substrate in a bag in the tank to keep the bacteria in there after I change the filtration system. I'm wanting to add a couple plants too (Java Fern for one).
Do you have suggestions on where to find smooth, rounded decorations? Some of the coral in my photo is actually silicone, not hard material. But I've had the HARDEST time finding smooth decor. Often when I pick up something that looks rounded and smooth, it's actually very rough and snaggy. I'd love advice on that!