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ULTIMATE Betta Fish Aquarium – Betta Fish Tank Care And Info

ULTIMATE Betta Fish Aquarium – Betta Fish Tank Care And Info

Hey what’s up guys. Today we’re going to be transforming Richard the betta
fishes old aquarium here which you can’t even
really see because of the light into something that looks a lot better
has a ton of really awesome plants. We’re also going to talk a lot about
betta fish in general and their care and whatnot. So let’s go ahead. Let’s get started. Also guys important side note
aquashella Dallas is happening in approximately one month. So the end of March. This crazy new convention called
Aquashella that I’m sure most of you have heard about is happening. I’m going to be there a ton of other
YouTubers are going to be there. It’s going to be an absolute blast. The first one was a huge success.
They’re doing it again it’s now twice a year. It’s still going
to be in Chicago in August. But if you’re anywhere near Dallas or in the state of Texas
I realize Texas is a massive state and you’d still be several hours
away. But even so if there’s a remote chance that you can make it
you should take advantage of it and you
should do it. I’ll have a link to get tickets down in the description and I’m also going to have a link
for the new aquabros T-shirts. They’re finally out. I want to see you guys wearing on at
Aquashella if you can make it. And if I see you
wearing one I’ll buy you a drink or a Coke or Sprite or whatever you’re into. OK but just make sure like you don’t want to miss this there’s going to be a lot of live coverage still. You should try and go if you can
make it. It’s going to be a blast. So this is Richard’s old home. This is an aqueon ascent six gallon aquarium. You can see that it has this weird
kind of sloping here from back to front. It’s a little different but it’s
been a tank that I’ve kind of liked actually I ended up
getting this thing at Petco. But you can also find on
Amazon. So I’ll put a link for it just in case you’re curious maybe you’re
looking for a new betta fish tank. I think this is a pretty good one
size wise and the dimensions aren’t that bad either. Really hard to see and hear a lot of
reflections just because we have all this Sylvania
covering the tank so let’s get rid of that
real quick bettas do like floating
plants. But this is just this is too much. It just really choked everything out
in here. And that’s why we don’t really have
hardly any plant growth in here anymore. I do want to save some of this stuff though so let’s throw
him down here in our little tub here. There we go. That’s a lot easier to see now guys
today on this re-scape we’re gonna be doing pretty much a complete overhaul so we’re
gonna be taking out all the materials that you see right now
the dragon Stone the plants. Let’s get a focus and we’re going to be bringing in
all new stuff. We are gonna keep the
existing equipment though. We have a fluval nano LED up here and we have just this really small azoo. I believe it’s a 60. Hang on back filter a smaller one
you can see it’s really clogged up. So we need to clean that out and get a little bit better flow
going through this thing. But this is a good filter. I like it for a
tank this size because it doesn’t create a ton of flow and you
can always adjust it to be more or less flow depending on how your tank is set up bait fish
in general do not like to have hardly any flow in their tank it’s going to
bother them if they’re being blown around. So this is a
filter that I’ve come to like for betta fish. There’s certainly some other ones
that are also really good as well. All of this is going to stay the
same though. We just need to get work in on
tearing down the tank. Now that we have the tank empty it’s
time we do a little bit of work on the
substrate. So in here right now we have a
combination of random sand and a little bit of fluval Stratum. What I want to do is kind of mix it up a little bit clean it
removal. Kind of like most of it not all of it but just enough to where we can put
in a new layer of some new stuff that’s going to
help our plants to have everything that they need to grow. We’re gonna go ahead and leave a
decent amount of substrate in the aquarium because it’s already
chock full of good bacteria that this tank is used to and it’s going to help to seed the
new stuff that we put in. Speaking of the new stuff we’re
going to start here with a little bit of BrightWell aquatics laterin base. This is a clay product it’s going to be really great for a root
feeding plants. I’m just going to sprinkle in a
little bit here in the front and you’ll see just how much this
stuff kicks up a bunch of red clay. That’s all right. That’s not going
to be there for forever. Ideally you would wash this stuff
first but it’s not a problem we’re gonna go ahead and just push this older substrate over the top of it. And then do another little
sprinkling here in the back. We’re gonna do more than a couple of
water changes when the tank is all set up so we’ll get rid of all this excess. Stuff in the water. No big deal. Now we’re gonna cover that up with a little bit of new substrate
so this is the Rio esquro. This is the fine version. So it’s going to have a little bit
smaller granular size and it is of course this black color to match what we already have. The substrates done we got that and now we have to do is build our
hardscape for this aquarium is gonna be ultra simple. I’m only going to use one rock for this whole thing. It’s this smooth rock right here. It’s a sentimental rock to me. That’s all I’m gonna say. We’re gonna position it in the tank and then everything else is gonna be
plants. So it’s gonna be kind of like a
Dutch style tank when it’s all said and done that’s
my idea at least we’ll see how it turns out
but. That’s pretty much all we have to
do. So here’s the finished product guys I put
Richard back in and then I left the tank set allowed
did a couple water changes and then waited a couple days before I wanted to show it off. Just so everything was super crystal clear and you guys could really see
the tank over the last eight months or so
Richard’s been having a little bit of color changes going on on his
fins you can see that he has quite a bit of
red now on both his top and bottom finish and
it seems to be just part of his genetic
makeup his natural maturation process. At first glance you might say oh that looks like it could be fin rot
but no he’s perfectly fine. He’s been doing
great. He’s always super energetic always eating and he doesn’t have any of the other signs
that go along with fin rot. So this just seems to be part of his development process. If you look
extra extra close at the red areas of his fins you might be able to see that it looks
like there could be pin holes which is a sign of fin rot but in fact it’s just some of the leftover black coloration that his fins originally had. Soon as I noticed that before I had
a really good understanding of what was going on he did go through the deluxe treatment
for fin rot and you know nothing changed because again it’s just part of what’s going on with
him naturally. And another interesting thing is
that his scaling has also receded slightly. So before you looked like he was developing scales
covering his eyes which is not atypical for these dragon scale
bettas. But since then everything’s just
kind of reversed itself a little bit. Again he’s still very happy healthy and doing absolutely fine. It just seems to be part of what’s been going on with him as
he’s gotten older. Richard is lovein this tank. He’s always cruising around just checking out the new space that he’s
in getting used to all the different new plant locations
and whatnot and kind of learning like where he likes to hide out. So in this aquarium you know we use the dwarf paragraphs down here at the bottom for mainly aesthetics you know but then the
plants that we have over here like the one that
I can’t remember that kind of looks like a crypt is there because it has big leaves OK betta fish like plants that they can rest on this is a great place for him to relax kick
back and just enjoy himself. There’s also lots of other hiding places for
him. Like over here in the rotala. And don’t forget the Altenanthera
renekii. That’s over here is also going to grow up fairly tall as well. So once this tank grows in there’s
gonna be just a ton of places for him to chill relax hide and lay on stuff that’s really important for betta fish. The
only hardscape piece that we have in the tank is this one smooth rock here. And so again there’s nothing sharp
in the tank. He’s not going to be poking himself on anything with the fish
like this particularly this type of
beater that doesn’t have super long finish. It’s not as big of a deal but if he was you know like a veil
tail or something that has really crazy
fins then we wouldn’t want to have anything sharp
in this tank but we don’t anyway so it’s all good. Sorry guys you’re going to have to
deal with the reflection of the camera in
here no way around it but one thing that we didn’t talk about on this aquarium
was the heater. I’d already removed it right after I took Richard out but this is a flat style heater it’s made by
aqueon and I believe it’s seven point five
watts. I’ve heard that people don’t like
these heaters just because they don’t have the
thermostat. And I would agree with that but because I keep this room at like 70 to 73 this heater seems to be just fine. If we take a
look here at the digital thermometer it’s about 77 these things aren’t the most accurate
things in the world but that’s pretty close. And so that’s a really
great temperature. If you have a betta fish of any kind
you want to make sure that you’re
keeping it as close to 78 and even as close to 80 as possible. They really like those warmer temperatures. It’s just going
to help them not get stressed out and they’re gonna be better off healthwise. I decided that I was gonna keep some
of this Sylvania in this tank. I’m going to try and keep it at this
amount though so as new stuff grows I’ll remove it. I definitely don’t want it to get
overgrown and choke out the plants below it
like it did last time especially cause a lot
of these plants like to have higher light. Another reason why I like this
Aqueon ascent tank is that it comes with the lid. I’ve made some modifications to it. I had to take the LEDs that were
stuck onto it off because I was again going to be using a different light source
the fluval light and then I had to scrape off the
black coating that was over it but moral this story is a lid is always a good idea to have on a bait
fish tank. Richard doesn’t seem to have jumping in his
personality too much other betta fish can be the opposite of that
though so no matter what you do. I think a lid is always a good idea. Another good
idea for a betta fish aquarium is to add something
that will produce tannins. So in this case I have some Indian
almond leaves that are behind the Rotala I don’t know if you’re gonna be able
to see him. It was one that was already pre soak
the one that was already in the tank before
we started. But here’s a pack of a few dried I have they
will float in initially but after some time they will sink. And this is going to help
to increase the tannin load in the aquarium. They’re also going to slightly turn the water a little brownish which I know a lot of people might not like
but that doesn’t last forever as you do water changes it’ll get a little bit more clear and it’s
just something that the fish is really going to appreciate. So I make sure to always have at least one in there even if it
doesn’t produce a super Brown coloration. You know it’s still a source of some tannins that
the fish is going to appreciate. But yeah guys
that’s pretty much going to do it. I think for the re-scape of Richard’s tank I hope you enjoyed
it and maybe learned a couple of
pointers for your own betta fish tank. You know it’s definitely something that
you want to learn about before you rush into getting a betta fish but it’s not super complicated. Just try and get your hands on as
many plants as you can. These fish love to be in a jungle they don’t like a ton of open
space. Richard does have a lot of room in
this aquarium but as the plants grow and it turns into more of a jungle
it’s going to get even better for him. He’s going to like it even
more. The Aquabro’s or the members of the channel got to see this tank a few days ago a
little sneak peek so if you like what I’m doing. If you want to help support the
channel consider becoming a member because you get to
see all kinds of sneak peeks of what I’m
doing. Anyway guys I think that’s going to
do it for today’s video. Hope you enjoyed it. If you’re new don’t forget to
subscribe and hit that like button if you like the video or if you just like Richard. He’s got probably more fans than I do and he way. Guys thanks so much. And we’ll see you next time.

100 comments on “ULTIMATE Betta Fish Aquarium – Betta Fish Tank Care And Info

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  2. I wish I could afford to put my Betta in a 5 gal tank . You're very nice tank puts my 1gal tank to shame .maybe I didn't think things through before getting a Betta.😢

  3. Really nice tank, I really appreciate my sentimental rocks as well, wether it’s from somewhere I’ve been or a memory of a place or loved one. Good stuff Mike

  4. Wow! You have "roof eater" plants? Those are super rare!!! 😀
    Richard is looking really good! He must have the "jumping gene" (that's the one for color change, not the one for tank-hopping! Creative Pet Keeping taught me that!). This tank looks really nice! I like your sentimental rock!

  5. This may be dumb of me but I have a beta fish right now in a cup due to my tank being cycled. My ph levels are high and betas prefer it low. I added 10 drops of ph lower to attempt to lower it. I have rocks as a base, a few decorative shells, one large decorative and a few fake plants in a 10 gallon tank that is divided into 2 to house 2 betas. Can someone help please.

  6. I have the same tank bro but not the same like nor filter its nice to see somebody with the same tank as me

  7. My Betta Halfmoon Plakat lives in a 10gal tank. He loves to hide in the Java fern. He will sleep there too or on a leaf of a banana plant.

  8. My betta Master was a solid orange color when I bought him. As he grew half of his tail fell off and grew back purple. Looks like richard is going through growing changes like master did.

  9. why do I have to watch two ads before watching videos now? worth it for dope videos like this but still, hope you're getting more ad revenue

  10. Richard has marble genetics! He’s not sick, just extra cool. Marbles can change so completely that you wouldn’t recognise them. It’s not as obvious with all that dragon scaling, but he’ll probably continue to change.

  11. I recently have this aquarium for my Betta. How did you remove the led lights and the black paint off the lid?

  12. I love love love this tank! Could you help me prevent my water from getting that green tint from too many plants? I love my plants but they keep turning my water slightly green

  13. I just gotta say, first off I love your videos. Such beautiful aquascapes. And secondly, your personality and tone is just so positive and friendly it really makes a fun and welcoming difference. Love your channel! Keep up the amazing work!

  14. How did you get the scales to recede from the eye area? There's a Betta at the petsmart my son works at that is a dragon scale breed and they are having that problem..

  15. ive had a white betta color up black and red like that before he was a twin tail i thought it was fin rot at first too cause he was all white at first but colored up

  16. I have a huge request from a mad man. Could you in any way make a planted tank add some fish…… And make an active/consistent whirlpool 😈 i want to make one but not sure of which fish could handle it.. Or how to make one for that matter.

  17. Alright- I need some help! Just got a betta yesterday. 10gal tank- the top fin kit from petsmart. Set it up, used water conditioner, got the fish, acclimated him, put him in, baffled the filter, and he's just chillin at the top. He's not utilizing the whole tank at all. Still just stressed or do i need to go test the water??

  18. Awesome setup, I'm new to planted aquariums but i didn't see or hear anything about the Nitrogen cycle with this setup. Is it not neccesary with betta's? Thank you for your great work.

  19. how hard is your water(tap water at your home) in terms of TDS ??
    my tap water is 700 tds ….is this safe for betta fish ??

  20. Awesome tank. I am hoping to make my planted tank like this one. I am not sure if my apartment complex will allow me to have a tank but I am hoping so. I find tanks very relaxing.

  21. Sorry man – Tanner at Serpa Designs – his betta set up is the ultimate. It is a thing of great beauty. If you haven't checked it out, do so, you'll be inspired!

  22. I remember seeing someone use a floating ring to prevent their floating plants from growing too much over the surface of the tank. I think it was just a plastic tube with the ends attached, so it's like a floaty?

  23. Great video! Question! How did you scrape the black off the lid? I have the same tank and I’d love to get rid of the black.

  24. Richard's mother is a red dragon and his father is black dragog caus he has a red wash the red is a red wash😆😆😅😘

  25. this really helped. i did not want to put my koi in a small bowl but im overwhelmed with basic necessities. getting a bigger tank (10 gal) is a given but i needed feedback on filters/heaters/plants and this video was everything thank you.

  26. Did you add any co2 supplements or run any co2 gas into this tank? Or is it not needed due to having fish in there?

  27. Now the tank is GORGEOUS! How interesting that he's changing colors. Do you think it's from the red worms, like flamingos?

  28. My beta fish was named Richard. 🙁 I called him Dick for short because he was a grump lol. I miss him so much. RIP Richard.

  29. I'm just getting my first beta I didn't know I had to be a chemist LOL I just got normal substrate in a 5 gallon tank of course I filter and a heater but I don't know all about that other stuff

  30. Betta fish should be given as much space as possible no more small bottles 👍👍👍

  31. I always thought small sponge filters were best for Bettas’s. Didn’t know there were hang on backs with water flow adjustment. Think I’m going to upgrade.

  32. What did you do to remove the lights that come attached to the lid? I'd like to do the same thing to my tank.

  33. I am new to Aquascaping to begin with…
    I hear that Bettafish are fierce defenders of their territorium towards other fish, but did I saw a sort of shrimp in there….
    Doesn't give that problems ??

  34. I had Betts fish putting in 2 gallons here belly is a swaling it diead why please and what the ph for betta fish 🙁

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