10 g “Kitchen Island” betta build

Basil
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Umm, yes, my betta tank is going on my sturdy, solid pine kitchen island. Do I have an amazing hubby or what? He didn’t even raise an eyebrow when I announced I was setting up a tank on the island. I mean, I already have the 75 g in the kitchen so what’s one more!
I fell in love with philam’s amazing betta spawn and picked out a lovely boy who will be arriving the week after next.
I was originally going to use my quarantine tank but I had one tiger barb experience a mild case of ich so I decided to just get a new 10 g. I have both a 10 and 20 g course sponge filter from aquarium co op in my tanks so I’ll just transfer one when he arrives.
And after having to return tne first purchased tank to petco because I missed a tiny crack, I finally got started today.
I’m trying to use a lot of what I’ve accumulated so the gravel came with my free 29 g that got me started back into fish keeping 3 years ago.
And I had PFS from the 40 b I set up last November.
I have a few buckets full of wood and rocks that I’ve been collecting so I picked out a few.
So here’s the start. The wood will be attached to slate; just haven’t decided if I’m going to glue or silicone it. And I’ll probably add a few more smooth rocks to the left side and group the rocks closer to the sand to make room for a terra cotta pot as a cave.
I’ll trim some of the taller java fern from the 75 g for a background plant in one corner. I have Italian val, crypt costrata, crypt wendti red, and dwarf sag ordered.

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And the plants you see are my house plants that live on the end of the island.
 
AquaticQueen
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Following! Can't wait to see what happens!
 
StarGirl
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Agree!
 
Basil
  • Thread Starter
  • #4
So the kitchen island became the kitchen counter tank lol! I couldn’t get everything plugged in to the surge strip so I just moved the tank.
I have more plants to add but here’s the tank this morning.

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BigManAquatics
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So the kitchen island became the kitchen counter tank lol! I couldn’t get everything plugged in to the surge strip so I just moved the tank.
I have more plants to add but here’s the tank this morning.
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Looks pretty groovy so far!
 
Basil
  • Thread Starter
  • #6
Eddie Betta arrived this afternoon and after a brief temp acclimation, I added him to the tank. He immediately went to work exploring and learning his new home. A few hours later, he had a light dinner of a couple pieces of frozen bloodworms and one NLS betta pellet. I’m quite smitten!

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Got some vals from StarGirl yesterday and added some to the tank. I think I’ll leave it open a bit so Eddie has some swimming room.
Although I might glue a hunk of java fern on top of the terra cotta pot to balance out the tank a bit.
And yes, the tank is doing a bit of a mini cycle. NitrItes were at least 0.5 but not quite 1.0 today. Ammonia was 0.5. So I did a 50% WC and will just keep an eye on things. I figured that would happen as I only had the sponge filter in the 75 g for 2 weeks.

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Koneko
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Eddie Betta is one handsome boy, and I like what you did with the substrate.
 
StarGirl
  • #8
You put the Vals in the gravel. Good call.
 
Basil
  • Thread Starter
  • #9
Picture of the tank today and a few of Eddie. Plants are all doing well. Love him to pieces but it’s a bit confusing when hubby asks “how’s Eddie?” And I ask the betta or horse? Yes, I have a horse named Ed.

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AcornTheBetta
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Picture of the tank today and a few of Eddie. Plants are all doing well. Love him to pieces but it’s a bit confusing when hubby asks “how’s Eddie?” And I ask the betta or horse? Yes, I have a horse named Ed.
So pretty!
 
Ssnaaiil
  • #11
Pretty betta!
 
Basil
  • Thread Starter
  • #12
Eddie is doing great! I’m smitten x 10!
The plants are also all doing great. Here’s a photo from today.

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BigManAquatics
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Eddie is doing great! I’m smitten x 10!
The plants are also all doing great. Here’s a photo from today.
Hapoy fish, make a wish!
 
StarGirl
  • #14
Looking good!
 
Johnez
  • #15
What a gorgeous betta fish!
 
AJE
  • #17
Seems super awesome
 
Basil
  • Thread Starter
  • #18
A few Eddie and friends photos.

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Hmmm, anyone know why my photos are suddenly posting sideways?
 
StarGirl
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I know you didnt post them like that I have no idea. AJE FinalFins Cheesecake any ideas?
 
AJE
  • #20
I know you didnt post them like that I have no idea. AJE FinalFins Cheesecake any ideas?
Nope. I don't know how computers work
 
Basil
  • Thread Starter
  • #21
Yay Mike fixed the picture issue. All good now!
 

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