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Welcome to the beautiful world of Aquascaping! And I’m gonna spill the water! We’re gonna do a Betta tank today. Because I really wanna do better, than Tommy did. He did a very-very successful video, scaping a Betta tank in just 15 minutes. Okay, he did like one minute over, or something. That video is already at 530.000 views, which is really a lot. It’s one of the most popular videos, here on the Green Aqua YouTube channel. So we thought, that I’m gonna do something similar here. Except that I’m not gonna take 15-17 minutes. To scape it… I’m gonna take hours to scape it. I wanna do hardscape for that Betta fish, to show the beauty of the fish. So we’re gonna go into the warehouse now and we’re gonna start assembling rocks. Stay with us! Also, I just realized, during the shooting of the plant tutorial with Tommy, that we didn’t do any tanks, that have a full Marsilea foreground. So we’re gonna also do that. Alright, so let’s see what we have here! First of all, I’ve got my gloves, because I’m gonna handle rocks. The tank is actually 30×40 centimeters, because we’ve got 10 centimeters of filter chamber in the background. We’re gonna use the black Seiryu stones, in this aquarium, because of the red color of this beautiful Betta fish. It’s gonna be accentuated by the use of these rocks. We need to leave these openings empty, because the water will flow out through those openings there. Oops! I almost broke the glass. The main idea is to have as much empty space as possible, for him to swim around. We should be able to observe him all the time, so he should be visible all the time. He’s gonna be the crown jewel of this tank. I’ve got the outflow on the top of the tank. I don’t want to obstruct the outflow. I’m going to use background plants on the left side of the tank. And those are gonna cover the inflows. I wanna move gradually into the moss-covered rocks, on the right side. You can see that the triangle composition of the background rocks has already started to take shape. I’m gonna take the grey Impa glue. This is the glue that I’m using all the time. It doesn’t do anything to the water. Okay, so this is the reacting agent right here. The more you use, the faster the glue will harden. Do you have to glue these rocks together? Maybe not, but it’s gonna make your maintenance job a lot easier in the long run if you do so. Let’s put the third piece in. You see that this part is attaching to the other rock, so I got to apply glue on this side here. I’m gonna use the ADA tweezers, to put on the small pebbles into the glue. And I got to be very careful, because I don’t want to have glue on these. I’m gonna start looking for additional pieces of rocks, which will go on top of the structure, to further increase the height. I applied it to the wrong side. Don’t tell anybody! I saved the rock. I just wiped it off. Round two! Balazs versus the rock. We’re just building an L-shape structure here. The left side of the tank and the front side will be visible. The fish will swim in the middle, if it doesn’t have any place to hide in the background. We’re gonna fill everything with fine filter mesh. The joints will be covered by moss and I can also put moss in all the cracks, between the rocks and the glass. I’m not sure that I’m gonna be able to remove this hardscape later. But what goes in, comes out, right? The right side of the tank is kind of ready. Let’s see what we can do on the left side! Round three! We don’t have any girls walking around, you know. I think the glue has started to work on me. Alright, we’re done! Let’s take this whole thing back into the studio! Alright, so I think the tank has arrived. Thank you Szebi! This is a very solid hardscape. You could do whatever with it. I can see that the water will flow into the filtering chamber on the right side, here. And this is supposed to be filled with some filter pads. So we’re gonna fill these two chambers up, with biological filter media. There’s an Eheim Compact 300 pump in the last chamber. So the water will be forced, to come through the fine filter mesh. And I can always change this fine filter mesh. Okay, so why did I place the mat and the fine filter mesh like this? Because the first step of the filtration should be to catch all the physical particles, all the plant leaves, everything, that comes from the tank. The second step should be the biological filter media. So the whole filter, 90%, or 95% of the filter should be filled with biological filter media. Which will get into these two chambers here. People say that Betta fish do not need filtration, but they do. And then the last step of the filtration should be the fine filter mesh. Additionally, if you want, you can also place in Purigen. So what we’re gonna do is I’m gonna take a bag of Purigen and I’m gonna place it in here, on the top of this whole thing. So that it gets the water crystal clear. We need a heater, because the Betta fish need heaters. They need about 28 degrees. They like warmer water. This is the smallest heater from Eheim. The 25W one. I’ve still got to introduce this. I’m just gonna put it here, I’m not gonna worry too much about it. Marsilea is the only low-tech carpeting plant. As I said… Did I say that? No, I didn’t. We don’t have any CO2 injection in this tank. So this is gonna be a low-tech tank. These don’t really need the base layer fertilizing substrate, so I’m not gonna add that. I’m using Amazonia Light, because I really want to not have so much Ammonia from the beginning. Amazonia Light is a really good substrate for beginners also. How much we need here? We probably need only 3 liters. I need a little bit of height in the foreground, to allow the Marsilea roots, to be rooted nicely in there. I don’t want the Betta to get in there… And in here. I’m gonna try to hide these spots. Okay! No place to hide! I could take these beautiful ADA Wabi-Kusa mats and cut them in small stripes, and add those stripes here. I really like building tanks like this! You can see that there is a stripe of glue there. I need to cover that with moss. Anubias does not really like the roots to be trimmed. So please be careful. Brick-building an aquarium. I never did that before. We’re gonna try two different types of background plants here. The first one would be the Vallisneria americana, or the Echinodorus vesuvius [Old name for Helanthium]. It’s a much bigger plant. I’m gonna introduce as many as I can, of this. I think this is much cleaner here. This one would be a mess. It would be too heavy. It is very important, you have to plant very heavily, from the beginning, if you have a low-tech tank. Because plants will spread out a lot slower. You can see this rhizome here. This is already a runner. And this is the problem with Vallisneria. It’s gonna develop these runners and it’s gonna try to go everywhere in the tank, but if you’re trimming it regularly – and it’s relatively easy, to keep it at bay in a tank like this -, you should be fine. I’ve got one more Anubias, that should go in here. It’s gonna probably create a little problem down here. Maybe I should put it on a pebble. I’m gonna show you, what I learned from ADA suikei layout creator, Daichi Araki, in his workshop. This is how we prepare Anubias, which will be on a rock. We need the Wood Tight. Like that. Get the Anubias through the Wood Tight. How did they do this? It was much easier, when they did it. I’ve got the Marsilea hirsuta and I’ve got the Marsilea crenata. The Crenata is the smaller one. So I’ve got five pots of that. And that’s gonna go in the foreground. So I’m gonna just tear it out, like that. Take a small chunk off, bend it, take the tweezers start from the corner, push it in, release. Timelapse! So this was five pots of Crenata, and I’m moving to the Hirsuta now. So actually I don’t keep the one pot / one palm size area rule. Here I want to plant heavily from the beginning, in order to avoid algae. I’m not gonna have CO2 injection. All that remains to be done is to tweak the whole thing, with one pot of hairgrass, which we established that might die off. If it doesn’t die off, then we’re lucky. We’re ready with the planting. Let’s introduce the light! I’ve got the Twinstar light 300C here. This is the light. This is the stand. This is the adaptor. And let there be light! So this is a nice minimalist scape for Betta fish. You can see that it’s very monochromatic. This is probably all dark green. We only have one thing to do now. Let’s select the inhabitant! Let the selection process begin! It’s not natural selection, it’s unnatural selection, because I do it. We’ve got 14 Betta fish here. I think the red one should be great. Because if we have the greens of the plants and we have the bluish, greyish, blackish tint of the black Seiryu stones, then this red fish would contrast that perfectly. So my selection is that! We selected the beautiful red Betta fish. And I think we’re ready! Please do not forget to subscribe, also hit that bell button, to get notified of our future uploads. Hit that like button, if you like this tank and this video! And we’ll see you next week! Goodbye!

Reader Comments

  1. Hi Balazs, a lot of love and affection went into the build of this tank, looks wonderful, you will have a lot of fun cleaning those sponges though, now I understand the reason for such heavy planting , no co2.👍
    Thank you as always for sharing .

  2. Beautiful tank! I love it!
    Thank you for adding Japanese subtitles.
    I understood the details and was able to watch it more fun:D

  3. Wow Balazs that tank is absolutely amazing. I think you won, Tommy made an amazing scape but I think yours looks even better! Great job of the videographer/editor!

  4. Its funny to hear how many different ways there are to pronounce Betta!
    You say Beeeta
    We say Bayta or Bet-ta
    Im sure there are many more ways.

  5. Beautiful tank (as usual)! I believe you stated on one of your other videos that you run the tanks for several weeks before introducing fish, is that correct? I love the idea of filling the filter chambers directly with the filter media. Would one be safe assuming it does not need to be changed during the life of the fish? Thank you for the work your team does at Green Aqua, you produce fantastic videos and it looks like you all enjoy working together.

  6. Balaz  I have to unsubscribe you otherwise I will make 5th tank in my home and my wife will kick me out of the house. Do you have a place for me to sleep in green aqua?

  7. You really should report the total cost to build something like this. I mean it looks amazing, don't get me wrong, but I'm sitting thinking…"Man I bet this cost a fortune to put together"

  8. beautiful betta tank!….is there a different color for the filter floss? not being critic but it would be better if the filter floss on the side of the tank is not white?

  9. I have exactly (on dimensions) the same tank in progress and your video is , as always, very inspiring! Thank you !

  10. great tank! however, not suitable for a betta because they need more options to lay down especially near the water surface. Another point is that one should not keep a betta at 28°C when one does not want to breed them. 24°C to 26°C are enough. So please turn down the heater and add more plants like anubias or javafern

  11. Hallo
    Mit Deutschen Untertitel ….mega …das ist das beste was euch eingefallen ist …👍👍 ich hoffe das bleibt so 😉

  12. Thank you Green Aqua. Big fan here. Always eagerly waiting your new videos to come out. This is top class as always. I am hoping you get 1 million subscribers in no time. ❤️❤️

  13. Please do more betta fish tanks for us!! I love betta fish 😁 i have one in 10 gallon now, he swims soooo much. And they need bigger tanks! It’s so nice to see you giving him a great house, i see so many people giving bettas tiny tanks. The aquascape us beautiful but i feel bad. So thank you!

  14. Another great video from my favourite channel and aquscaper "balazs"…you are an amazing personality i love the most and your enery in every video is outstanding you inspire me a lot…keep on scaping.Cheers.

  15. It really is fun to watch you work. Always picking up those little points like anubias not liking roots trimmed etc. Very nice job thanks for being there for the novice. The sound and video processing and just everything is quite impressive and professional by the way. I am addicted to your videos…..

  16. I know that sieryu stone will increase the water parameter, is that parameter good for betta fish? Because I m planning to make an aqua scape for betta fish in 30 cube.

  17. Wow, you even added Bulgarian subtitles. Though I myself won't be using them, as I enjoy your English plus your voice has rather calming effect 😉 Great work as always! This channel is the most professional thing I've seen on YouTube! Do you plan an international expansion 🙂 At least I would love to see you partner with some stores around here..

  18. Just came back from my local pet store and saw they are selling glofish bettas now, don’t know how I feel about that. They only had glowing green ones and their fins are super tiny.

  19. yes i like this. Its also something new. I for my part are more fan of the Dutch planted tank culture but thats just a matter of taste. Aquascaping is very nice and also has something spiritual and also artistic but I love the more challenging way of dutch tanks where you need to handle with many different plant types.
    Love the optimistic nature of this man:).

  20. Fell asleep last night up until the rock work, came back to see the planting this morning lol. Thanks again Balaz making my betta tank look weak

  21. Awesome scape. Had a look at those ADA matts today, for the first time. They are just awesome and perfect for using in any scape

  22. Amazing video yet again! I have a similar non-CO2 10 gallon tank setup. I'm struggling to get the lighting intensity/photo period balanced with an appropriate fertilizer schedule. How are you running your light and ferts for this setup?

  23. Gorgeous! What a lucky betta! We should all share this video to help people understand that bettas do not belong inside a tiny bowl. They should have a paradise in which to live. Thank you!

  24. Как всегда идеальная работа!!! Спасибо за перевод на русский язык. Благодаря этому, я могу вас смотреть с огромным удовольствием.👍😉

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