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20 gallon high with a 200 watt heater(marineland - visi/therm)
a aquaclear 50.

no substrate.
 

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20g is quite a big tank for a betta. Why not a 5 or 10?
 
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oops!!

forgot to add 'divided!'
 

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Divided how? If your betta has trouble reaching the surface of the water it'll stress him out, If your going to keep with the 20gal tall get some tall big leafed plants for the bettas side. It'll help him rest.
 

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Could you go with a long instead? A betta would prefer a more shallow tank than a tall one. You could then divide the 20 long into 4 sections.
 
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hmm, ok.

ill try to go with a long.
 

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20L costs like $30 at petsmart.

Is there a reason you don't want substrate?
 

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Good morning,

A great suggestion to go with the 20 gallon long, divided.
Best wishes and please keep us posted.
Ken
 
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Jaysee said:
20L costs like $30 at petsmart.

Is there a reason you don't want substrate?
Just want the tank to look and be clean.
When I get my 125G up, I'm not sure I will have sub.
 
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Furallicah said:
Divided how? If your betta has trouble reaching the surface of the water it'll stress him out, If your going to keep with the 20gal tall get some tall big leafed plants for the bettas side. It'll help him rest.
I'm sure I can find a thread on how to divided a tank for bettas, *ahem* Lucy *ahem*
 

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just a thought on not having substrate.....good bacteria lives in the gravel too.....so I think that would be one less place for it to live. I suppose it's possible not to have it. but there's some nice looking light colored gravel that looks natural and clean...that's mostly what I have. I have a qtank set up right now.... it doesn't have gravel and I can see all the junk floating around down there. so while the no gravel look looks "clean", it's really not so much!
 
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jerilovesfrogs said:
just a thought on not having substrate.....good bacteria lives in the gravel too.....so I think that would be one less place for it to live. I suppose it's possible not to have it. but there's some nice looking light colored gravel that looks natural and clean...that's mostly what I have. I have a qtank set up right now.... it doesn't have gravel and I can see all the junk floating around down there. so while the no gravel look looks "clean", it's really not so much!
Based on my frequency of cleaning, there's only CC, nothing else. I agree having subs would be more beneficial for the entire tank in regards of BB, but I made up by using fluval biomax, compared to using the typical aquaclear biomax.
But like I mentioned, I might add subs like the quickrete commercial medium sand.
 

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you'll want supstrate or something along the bottom of the dividers, Betta's are escape artists when it comes to that
 

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You can go to a pool shop and buy a bag of filter sand from them. I can buy a 55lb bag of sand for $10 where I live. Its better then chucking out $24 for 10lbs..
 

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Plenty of people use bare tanks for different reasons. Provided a good fiiltration system, you shouldnt need substrate for biological filtration.
 

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I would not suggest the sand with bettas, as I have heard that it can cause problems...
 

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