Littlebettafish is selling me 5 betta strohi juvies (they arrive Friday! squee~!) , and this is to be their new home. I'm pretty proud of this tank, it's taken a lot for me to put it all together and such.
This picture is property of Littlebettafish, and is of the oldest male, who is showing adult colouring:
I'd like to include some info on the species in this thread. They're pretty interesting, as all wild bettas are. Strohi are mouthbrooders, and I'm really hoping to be able to breed them..
The tank is around 35 gallons, but will only be filled to 25 or so, as I want to grow some emerging bog plants in there, like dwarf papyrus and maybe a couple of the larger crypt and anubias species.
It's far from finished, really, but by Friday it'll be a decent home for the strohi, the rest is just cosmetic.
As it's so hard to cycle a tank with very soft water, this will be treated as an uncycled tank, so lots of water changes/massive filtration.. I'm buying an eheim canister as well as keeping the sponge filter in, and the plants ought to help with water quality too -- I'd not mind some advice on a water change schedule for this particular tank, however.
I wanted to emulate their native environment somewhat. Thus, I've mainly stuck to plants I know are found in SE Asia (aside from a few swords..which will be replaced with biotope-appropriate alternatives sooner or later..). The water's soon to be quite dark with tannins (wood, IAL, peat..), and I'm presently researching what critters available in this country (snails/shrimp/etc) will happily live in very soft tannin-y water with the bettas.
Lighting is Dymax T8's, all white, soon to have the back row replaced with pink plant-specific globes.
Substrate's a washed, coarse inert sand from LFS.
Will be dosing Flourish & root tabs occasionally.
Anyway, here it is as it presently looks:
Like I said, still pretty rough-looking but well on the way!