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post #101 of 221 (permalink) Old 07-22-2016, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
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So, I decided to give away my giant Amazon Sword, so I met up with @DangerousAngel to give it to her. While we were at Petco, I got some supplies for a new tank.
First, as much as I want to, I am not getting another fish. Someday I will, but not for at least a few more months. What I have decided to do is almost as exciting. I am going to modify this tank to be a DIY Fluval Spec V. I am trying to make the Spec as cheaply as possible.
I picked up a 5.5 gallon tank, so it will be a little smaller than the original Spec. I also picked up a glass lid, the Fluval Spec Sponge, a filter media bag, and a packet of carbon for a total of about $50. I plan on using the media I already have along with my substrates, pvc pipes, and air pump. The only thing I need to buy is the soft pvc sheet, which should be less than $10 and a light. I do plan on planting the aquarium, so I also picked up an aquascaping rock which will be joined by a rock I already have and plants hopefully bought online.
I am very excited to start on this project. The new tank is going to be used by Eric since I don't like the 3 gallon he has and would like to move him out of the KritterKeeper.
The only bad news is that I won't be here for the next week and Eric's QT tank isn't cycled. I plan on doing a big water change tomorrow with the new gravel vacuum I picked up (smaller and has the squeezing thing) and adding water from Apollo's tank since it is cycled (my tap has ammonia). I also plan on adding the palm filter and dumping SafeStart Plus on it in hopes it can partially cycle while I am gone. The ceramic from the Palm will be going into the new tank, so hopefully it can be cycled quickly.
While I am gone, the tanks will have their blue lights on so they are partially lit, but not too bright to sleep. Hopefully, this will also keep the plants from dying. All 3 fish will get fed the night before and morning of my leaving so they don't get too hungry.

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|Destiny (Baby) 8/17/2016-9/13/2016|Eric (HMPK) 3/30/2016-1/3/2017|
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post #102 of 221 (permalink) Old 07-22-2016, 05:11 PM
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Squirt reminds me of my cambodian female. very cute. I love your tanks...they look like they have tons of places for them to explore. You should try an aquatic snail! they are so fun and go well with bettas.
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post #103 of 221 (permalink) Old 07-22-2016, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
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Squirt reminds me of my cambodian female. very cute. I love your tanks...they look like they have tons of places for them to explore. You should try an aquatic snail! they are so fun and go well with bettas.
I've been trying to get a nerite, but none of the fish stores I have gone to don't have them. I may order one soon though.

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If you live in Houston they have nerites at petsmart and petco. You usually have to ask because they are thrown wherever they have the room. Some of them keep snails in the back because they use copper stuff in their filtration.
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The sword is doing great so far! It's in a bucket with an Anubias we bought when we went back.
I do have a Nerite snail, if you might be interested in taking him in after you get back?
Have fun on your trip!


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post #106 of 221 (permalink) Old 07-23-2016, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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Well, the tanks are prepared for the week. Eric's tank got a 90% water change with new water added from Apollo's cycled tank. Apollo got a refill on water in return. My new siphon works great, my old Walmart one will be used for filling the bucket at the sink.
The fish will be awakened at 4:00 am for a feeding and they will get their blue lights turned on. My dad has agreed to feed them a few times this week, so I have everything labeled in detail.
I plan on waking up at 3:45, so I apologize for this short choppy post of the day. To make it up here is a picture of my set up with all the sticky notes. Apollo is in the top left with Squirt next to him, and Eric is on the bottom left with the snails next to him. The bottom shelf has supplies. Yes, it is usually this messy around the tanks, but I do have a method to my madness.
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My fish areas are neat but let's not discuss my sewing space 😜
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post #108 of 221 (permalink) Old 07-23-2016, 10:37 PM
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Wow! So I've decided to either make or buy a specific stand for all of my boys ^^ I've got 6 now in individual tanks and 2 in with other fish I need to find 5g tanks or some 10gs

Here's my new guy!
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1 adorable little frog, 5 cats, 3 dogs and a wonderful toddler aged daughter

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post #109 of 221 (permalink) Old 07-31-2016, 02:48 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I made it home safely, but tired. I got back about 10:30 last night and went to bed b midnight. I was so exhausted I slept an hour past my alarm. All three of my fish babies lasted with my dad. He fed them most days while I was gone. The blue light worked well. I had a little melting from my bulb plant, but it has at least half of its leaves left, so it should be fine. I had a little bit of algae grow in Squirt's tank, but not too much for having the lights on all the time for a week. My dad said that Eric was always excited to eat.
I just checked Eric's tank and the ammonia was <.25 ppm, so I am very very happy. The only maintenance I really need to do is some gravel siphoning and adding water.
I can now say I will be confident anytime I leave my fish. The longest break the would get would be shorter than that. If I do have another week long break, I will probably get automatic feeders.
On another note, I just ordered the soft pvc sheet I will be using for the 5.5 gallon "fluval" as well as all of my textbooks. I did decided to get Prime for 6 months, so I will be ordering many a thing from there the next few months since I will have free shipping.
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My Milk Snails:
Flash | Priscilla | Rapunzel | Eugene | Flynn
Those Gone Too Soon:
|Destiny (Baby) 8/17/2016-9/13/2016|Eric (HMPK) 3/30/2016-1/3/2017|
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Eric built a bubble nest! I haven't seen one from him in a long time if ever. I think when he was younger he built one, but I also think that was when he was sharing the tank with Squirt. Here it is:


Also, the last piece for the new tank was supposed to come in today, but somehow it got mixed up and just traveled around the city, so hopefully it will make it tomorrow. I am really excited to start on this project. Tomorrow, I may go out and get more sand, some spray paint, and a 45-degree elbow, but I haven't quite decided yet.
A couple of my friends are thinking about getting a pet for the dorm. Technically we are only allowed to have fish, but they are hoping to get something fuzzy. I am hoping for a guinea pig. This would open up a couple more opportunities for me: 1. More trips to pet stores other than Walmart and 2. Possibly another type of pet. Getting another pet would mean not studying abroad, but I am already having second thoughts. As much as I would love to go to England and travel Europe of the weekends, I think it may just be a better idea to stay here. Staying here could mean actually graduating in 4 years with most of my friends and not having to leave my non-human family behind. My parents still think I am set on it, but now I am not quite sure.

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Squirt (VT/CT) Apollo (HMDTPK) Hank (HMPK) Adam (VT/CT)
My Milk Snails:
Flash | Priscilla | Rapunzel | Eugene | Flynn
Those Gone Too Soon:
|Destiny (Baby) 8/17/2016-9/13/2016|Eric (HMPK) 3/30/2016-1/3/2017|
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