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From south Essex.. greetings

russell

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Hello,

have been keeping fish for 2.5 years now in a 130 litre tank I was given. Put in live plants after 6 months with limited budget and success. Due to small home and growing kids my infra structure just wont support a tank of that size any more so I'm moving the Aquarium on and downsizing.

My new aquarium arrived last week (Fluval Spec 19 litre) and I'll be setting up a low tech (probably) nano system as a home for a Betta. I'm in no hurry to do this and it will all kick off once I've found the right hardscaping materials. At the moment I'm thinking wood, probably Redmoor Root or similar, though I wouldn't rule out rock if I can find the right stuff. I need to provide shelter for the Betta without cutting out the light for the plants.

So I'm here to glean as much info as I can (especially regarding good nano plants for lowish lighting) whilst I root out my perfect root.

Hi.
 

russell

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Thanks for the link, that looks great, nice ideas on the plants too.
Yes, they're nice looking and well equipped, as you say,only a small heater required. I'm very please with it but determined not to charge in until I have the right bits. It may be a few months before it's ready to go.
 

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Are they open topped or are they like the edge with a glass ceiling? my only concern would be with a betta being a labyrinth fish that it may not survive.
 

russell

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they have a plastic lid provided, but it's not a complete cover as it has a channel down the centre. I'm aware of the Bettas requirement to breath so wouldn't completely full the aquarium any way, I'd leave a little space as well.
 

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sounds good to me then!

how far south into essex are you? i saw some good redmoor at Fintasia in Braintree the other day and a rather ncie white/blue betta.
 

russell

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I'm in Southend, so not a million miles away but not next door either. Thanks for the info, I'll see if I can get over there. My son wants me to get a red one, but White/Blue sounds nice :) Would certainly be interested in seeing their redmoor selection.
 

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well i did pick out 2 of the nicer pieces for myself so the quality may be lower now haha. Its a good shop to look around though. ground floor is livestock and accessories, 1st floor is aquariums, cabinets and reptiles.

They had a reasonable selection of plants last time i went too.

Its definitely worth looking around and i rate them above swallow aquatics (the raleigh store is ok but the one near colchester has gone down hill).
 

russell

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:) did you leave done good stuff though? Is a small tank so I don't want anything longer than a foot or so..
was in Rayleigh Swallow on Saturday, good for fish but disappointing for wood, just big chunks of bogwood as far as I could see.
 

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i left some laying about, there was also a good lot of bogwood too.

unfortunately alot of the shops around here are really disappointing for wood and stone/rock. Happen to know anywhere nearby thats good for stone that may be suitable for an Iwagumi set up? shop or outdoors?
 

russell

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Also visited Creation in Wickford who had an good selection of redmoor but most of it too long.
 

russell

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swallow had a lot of rock of a number of types, but I didn't look that closely as it wasn't what I was looking for so can't say if it would suit your needs I'm afraid.
 

russell

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thank you, I've not tried maidenhead but that's very doable from here so I'll take a look. By Southend shop do you mean fishey business? If so I'll be popping in they're one lunch time this week. They've usually got a few Bettas in so will be interested to take a look, I'm a while away from needing a fish just yet though as I want the aquarium fully set up& cycled before he arrives..
 

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Hi Naughtymoose, made mistake of looking in Fishey Business today, primarily for root - of which they had none that I could see - but had to have a peek at their Betta collection. Oh dear, shouldn't have. They had a lovely Crown tail, Black head Blue Body Red fins, in excellent condition. Thought about putting him in my community tank for a couple of months but decided that would be unfair. Have to hope I can find something that nice once my aquarium is ready.
 

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There is a good seller on ebay fir redmoor root. Gre004 is very good value for money. Sometimes you have to cut bits off to get the right fit though. I get all my wood from him. Lauris's tank is stunning bur personally i wouldn't use alot of stone that will harden your water as betta splendens like soft, acidic water.
 
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