So, I decided to give away my giant Amazon Sword, so I met up with
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.