So I decided why not chronicle this journey I am on into the aquarium hobby? It'll probably mostly be me throwing tons of poor quality camera phone pictures up. My laptop broke and I can't upload my pictures to my boyfriends laptop so I'm stuck with my phone, but I enjoy taking the pics a lot. And I'm starting to become really in love with my tanks and their inhabitants.
I first joined this forum YEARS ago when I found my family with a Betta in horrible conditions. I wanted to give them the info to provide him with proper care, and they did do a little better (got him in a larger home, and kept him in warm areas but no heater...) Well this summer the SAME THING happened. I came on here to research and decided I would take the fish. I ordered a tank and a ton of supplies online, spent a ridiculous amount of money. And he died before it even got here.
Yeah I could have returned it all (and I SHOULD HAVE) but I thought, why not, let's get a fish! And one quickly turned into 3. But sadly my first boy, my gorgeous marble crowntail boy Silas, died very suddenly. I was surprised how quickly I got attached, and I've just found myself becoming totally addicted. I've spent way too much money already
Anyway, right now I have two tanks.
My 6.6gal Petco Bookshelf Aquarium which currently only houses Pinkman, my VT male, I'm not sure what color to call him. It has Caribsea Tahitian Moon Sand and FloraMax substrates and is planted with Anubias, Java Fern, Crypt Wendtii Red, Amazon Sword, Water Wisteria, Green Hygro, and I think a tiny Rotala Rotundifolia clipping, and some floaters. Also some Marimo that I tied to a hunk of wood. I've got two gooseneck desk lamps with a 13 watt 6500k daylight CFL in one, and a 10 watt 5000k (I think) Marineland CFL in the other. The tank has a sponge filter and a 25watt Hydor heater.
Then there is the 10 gallon. This also has the Floramax and Moon Sand, Wisteria, Amazon Sword, Anubias, Crypt Wendtii Red, various floaters, Green Hygro, Bacopa Carolina, a small clipping of I think Water Sprite, Java Moss, and some driftwood with mosses on it - Peacock and Java I think, and some Marimo blocking up a potentially dangerous hole. It has two 13 watt 6500k daylight CFLs in the hood, a sponge filter, and 50watt Aqueon heater. It houses my baby DT boy who still hasn't told me his name yet. It's something fun, maybe ends in a y/ie, could be a human name maybe not. Nothing has felt just right yet. He came home with me the evening of August 18th, and he has definitely grown and changed a ton! I thought I read that Petco babies are usually like 6 weeks or something? If that is true he would be almost 12 weeks old now. He also shares his home with Agent Dunham the Purple Mystery Snail and Teega the Nerite. More snails will certainly be joining the family. I LOVE my Mystery. So much fun.
I would also like to get Red Cherry Shrimp and maybe Amano.
Anyway enough yammering. Here are some pics. Again, sorry for the quality, the phones all I got right now
Pinkman's 6.6gal (there ends up being like 4.5-5gals of water with everything else)
Pinkman - I took him in from a neglectful situation. He seems like maybe he's an older guy to me for some reason, but I know he was recently purchased from Petsmart, so who knows. He's a little shy, but at the same time wants to interact and is always begging for food. He is very feisty towards other fish, I'm hoping he can happily cohabit with some type of critter.
Shows his grizzle kinda area
10 Gallon - It's on our kitchen island, so one part looks into living room, other side into kitchen.
This is my usual view from my spot on the couch, but its the "back" of the tank.
Aaaaand I forgot to upload the new front view. Oops
Baby DT Boy
Agent Dunham and Teega
Actually 1-2x a day DTboy seems to become "enraged" with A.D. snailling around near the water line or top of the driftwood. He will flare, and zoom around very wiggly in short very fast bursts around her. Then he usually frantically works on his bubble nest for a few seconds and repeats a few times and then all is well. The whole thing is 1 maybe 2 mins tops. But other times he hangs around her with no issue, and only one time did he want to sample her antenna, and it was curious not aggressive. Is this behavior just him playing around, strutting his stuff, and A-OK, or is this a problem and is very stressful to him? It really seems to me like he's just messing around and being a show-off, feeling all big and tough around a snail.
Hunting for yummies on the driftwood
Agent Dunham on a classified mission
And when he first came home, such a wee thing
And those are the aquatic members of our family! Till next time.