Lost's Aquarium Journal
So, I figured I'd keep a journal because it tends to keep me organized when I'm working on projects and such. Seeing I'm currently revamping my 29g in addition to setting up a 5g betta tank, this seems like the place to do it =3
Once I get access to a camera I might post pictures in here as well, or I may reserve photos for the appropriate boards. Haven't decided yet.
Regarding my 29g, things seem to be going well. I replaced my pea gravel substrate with pool filter sand yesterday and I scattered some of the old gravel around to help with bacteria seeding and break up the colour a bit. My step-dad actually told me to put more in because he likes the way it looks, haha xD
For the most part, all my guys seem to have adapted well to the new substrate and the new daylight bulb I purchased (after spending about four hours running back and forth to different hardware stores... none of them had a 24'' T8 6500k bulb, gah!). The planting and decor is still rather sparse. I got a few Amazon Swords and I removed most of the artificial plants, but I still have my artificial sunken ship and jeep in there.
I also bought some Mopani Driftwood and have been boiling it all day, only to find people were having issues with a toxic fungus growing within a couple months. So, needless to say, that piece is getting taken back to PetCo asap. I'm just hoping they take it back after I boiled it.
To replace it, I ordered a medium piece and two small pieces of Malaysian Driftwood from Drs. Foster and Smith, as well as plant fertilizer, a bottle of Prime conditioner (seeing my Jungle Start Right is almost gone and I was hearing good things about Prime), and a new API master water testing kit. I also got some pruning scissors and a pair of forceps, which I'll likely mainly use to feed my betta once I get him.
All in all, I spent about $80 |D; And I still need to buy a filter for my betta tank, as well as a new bulb.
5 Gallon Betta Tank________________________________________
As far as my betta tank goes, I'm intending on taking it with me this fall when I go back to school. The tank I have is an acrylic 5g hex my mom picked up for me at a thrift store. It has a full hood, and for a small setup it's pretty nice. I ordered a Hydor Theo heater for it from Drs. Foster and Smith, and I'm looking at an internal filter for it seeing the hood doesn't allow for a typical HOB filter.
I can't get to actually setting up the tank and getting it cycled yet though. We currently have a low, two-shelf, completely wooden bookcase we won at an auction sitting in the garage that we need to clean off and get moved to my room. I'm going to be using it as a stand for the 5g while it's home (I'll be able to fall asleep to the sound of a running filter again <3 Yaaaay). Once that's in here though, I can start putting the sand and water in and getting things cycled.
There was a gorgeous blue male I saw a couple days ago though. If I had my tank setup I would have snapped him up in a heartbeat.
I'm going to go for a sunken city/Atlantis theme with this tank, while I'm trying to stay natural with my 29 gallon. I love the Atlantis mythology, and I think a betta would look beautiful in a planted tank with some sunken ruin decor (well, more beautiful than they already are). I also saw an LED lighted crystal decoration for sale on Drs. Foster and Smith, but it was almost $50, and I wasn't going to spend that much even if it did fit with the Atlantis theme.
I've never actually had a quarantine tank seeing my dad didn't want me setting up more than one aquarium while I lived with him (especially not a quarantine seeing he's never kept one himself in the years he's kept fish, and he said he never had a problem), so this has been a long time coming. Fortunately my mom and step-dad don't seem to mind my budding multiple tank syndrome as much xD
Before I upgraded to my 29 gallon I had either a 20 gallon or 10 gallon (I believe a 20 gallon though) that I used to house my black neon tetras (I've had those little guys for years <3 Some of the first fish I got when I got back into the hobby). Once I got the new tank however, my old one went into the attic for storage. Well, I texted my dad today about it, and he does still have it up in storage and it's all ready to be taken out of there whenever I have time to come get it.
So, I'm going to bring that over to use as a quarantine tank. I think it has a heater, filter, and everything else still in it, so I just need to clean it out and get it cycled again. Saves me a lot of money to be sure, seeing I was looking for a cheap 10 gallon to use as a quarantine and I would have still had to buy the hood, filter, and everything else if I went for a fresh setup.
I'm just going to have to find a place to put it, though from what I understand quarantine tanks can be taken down when not in use as long as the filter sponge is kept in an established aquarium to keep the bacteria alive, which will be handy. I'm sure the other family members would appreciate not having to have a tank setup that's completely empty most of the time.
Though I have to wonder if you'd have to quarantine plants. I'll have to look more into that I guess. The plants I got for my 29g were all tubed Amazon Swords, so I'm assuming there weren't any aquatic diseases on them, but there's a limited variety, so I'll have to buy from the tanks at some point.
♥ Socrates - Male Marbled Dragonscale Veiltail | Alighieri - Male Marbled Double Tail
"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.
" - Jacques Yves Cousteau
♥ Sorority of nine females
♥ Vito - Yorkie Fox Terrier Mix | Dolce - Pomeranian | Caldo - Pomeranian | Venus - Yorkie Hairless Chihuahua Mix | Gemma - Jack Russel Chihuahua Mix | Spencer - Pomeranian
♥ Amanti - Camelot Macaw | Mango & Tango - Amazon Parrots | Maxie - Citron Cockatoo
Last edited by Lost Eventide; 07-05-2012 at 01:29 AM.
Reason: Posted before I finished writing the title, haha xD