Seeing as it will be impossible to get a bigger sorority set up anytime soon (Dad broke the 40 gallon I got and mom will not allow a 110 gallon in the house.), I must settle for a 10 gallon. I know I could get a 20 or a 30, but, honestly, it will probably get broken on the way home. So until I can drive myself to and from the place of purchase, I do not want to risk getting a new tank.
Anyways, back to the tank... This little 10 gallon actually made it home in one piece since it was small enough to go in the front seat. (Thank goodness) I filled it up with 1 1/3 inches of MGOCPM and a 2/3 inch cap of play sand, and put in some stems of red ludwigia and a few trimmings of water wisteria with a stalk or two of hornwort. It has a small sponge filter running, with a decoration (glass cup with gravel and wisteria) from my established 20 gallon inside, along with a 100 watt Aqueon Pro Heater. I am not too worried about the heater, seeing as it has this "glitch" which makes it unable to go beyond 80 F, but holding steady at 78 F at the moment. It may be temporary, may not be. All depends on how well it will do these next few weeks. I used the lighting from my 20 gallon (Which is a light strip made for a 10 gallon I have had for a long time!
) It has a zoo med tropic sun bulb inside.
I am hoping for an insta-cycle with the decoration and a squirt of my established filter drippings into the sponge filter, but I am still cycling with a few of my "boring" guppies that I ended up with somehow. I also need to get more plants and let these grow out more. This gives me time to QT the girls.
I currently have 3 girls:
Pascal, the SI derived unit for stress, because she has had stress stripes since day one, yet she is such a happy-go-lucky betta. She is a purple/pink/blue crowntail with a stunning emerald iridescence in the light.
Next is Coulomb, SI derived unit for electric charge, because her tail is such a strong yellow color. She is a mustard gas (?) crowntail with royal blue iridescence.
Last, but not least, is Lux, SI derived unit for illuminance. She is a cambodian veiltail with a light blue tail with splotches of diluted red/burgundy. She got her name because of the effect her iridescence gives which makes her "glow" a bright light blue.
Girls are snoozing, so I will put up pictures tomorrow!
I plan to get at least one more girl to make the pecking order more desirable, preferably two more. I think 5 is all I want to handle now, unless some people feel I should get more. I am just scared they will become overstocked since I plan to add a school of 4 albino cories and a few dozen RCS. I would keep the cories out of the tank stocking, but Pascal would hate me. They are her pets and she freaks out when she isn't with them. I know it sounds silly, but she becomes frantic if I take them out and sulks if they do not come back within a few minutes. This is why they became deprived of a 20 gallon home, but I don't think they mind. I honestly think they love her. (I know what you are thinking, and yes I may be a little crazy.)
I know I may have rambled, but to whoever is still reading, THANKS! And PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE leave your opinions!
I value your guys suggestions!