I used my security webcam to take these. Not the fastest USB, Not the fastest Computer, and not the fastest webcam, but I cured my curiousity of its capability when used for other than motion security capture, and was able to share this.
Also, yes, No audio on the video, but ... maybe another day.
I took a couple snack sandwich bags, perferated them delicately with a fork, and scooped up gravel from the tank that all these fish migrated from and put it in this, so that HOPEFULLY, some of that nitro and ammonia spora will migrate.
I've never done this before, and read previously that *pantyhose* is a good medium to put your gravel in when cloning a tank's beneficial bacteria. My wife would kill me without even room for an explanation if I tried even experimenting with her underoos in such a way.
I created an incline with the aid of the kitty litter. Many prefer the flat substrate approach, and I did that for my first aquarium, but I realized the additional surface area with an incline, and realize there is a better viewing angle for those who choose to look into the aquarium. I actually sort of wish I made it more extreme, but I might have to take that at a different approach if the kitty litter fails; ideally, I would like a 45 degree grade. It is currently at a 12 degree.
I am a big fan of the terra cotta pots, but not in whole form. I broke apart a terra cotta pot and placed it in my 10 gallon tank. In transfering everything to this new one, I moved the broken terra cotta pot and scattered it within the sand. That is the reddish orange. I might change my mind on it later.
Now that I have a larger canvas to work with I really am reconsidering the scheme I had and wanted to progress to with a larger tank. But, this is all experimentation, and I will only learn with experience.
My only *Shame* in this tank, is the beautiful looking rock on the left of the tank. Where did I get it right? Yeah, it is plastic, and I really hate that it is plastic, because the plants that are embedded into it are also plastic. I'm leaving it in there for all the beneficial bacteria that were on it after taking it from the lady who gave me the aquarium. As soon as I can find an adequate replacement (preferably driftwood) it is GONE.
It has some holes in it that I don't like, and I have them covered. You can barely make out a gigantic glass marble covering one of the holes in the top. I doubt any of the fish would get stuck in there, but i'm sure onf of the curious shrimp could.
Well, folks, there you have it. In closing, my 10 gallon tank. Currenly holding some ludwigia, an otocinclus, and an apongeton bulb.
After everything migrates over, I am going to make it into a various shrimp-only and fry tank. I've pondered the idea of finally getting a male betta and putting it in there too.