Haha, Toad - Tom's Mud Bucket is my favourite tank, ever. I aspire to that tank! And it's what gave me the emergent growth bug -- kind of hard to have with bettas, as they like to jump. But one day, this set up will be mine!
Deso -- omg, love that mossy-wood tank. I am aiming to avoid CO2 if possible, but moss likes me and does very well for me without it. I'm looking at a home for my java fern species (I have a couple) and tons of anubias, crypts, etc, all low tech/low light stuff mainly. I really like the idea of having portions of the tank that heavily covered.... And omg,that second setup - WOWEEE. I'm putting that on "tanks I aspire to have" list for sure!
inareverie -- I adore the threadfins! Ofc, rainbow fish are native here, and I can get them pretty easily from Aquagreen up in Darwin (great store.. lovely people to deal with). These fish are on my list of species to acquire at some stage. If I could only get a colony living happily with some wild bettas.... Never tried corys, but I am a fan of the pandas, they are just super cute.
Creat -- have you got a pic thread for that tank here? I would love to see! Oman, a talking catfish.. there's many species we can't get here due to quarantine issues and I am betting they are on list.. so I'm gonna hassle you to make a talking catfish journal or something, so I can learn about them at least. And reedfish are a kind of bichir, aren't they? So pretty... but they get huge, yes? And need a small school?
I am massively in love with bichirs since seeing the tankful of these guys at my LFS:
Starrlamia, I am not fond of neons at all. But a shrimp-only tank is on the cards -- not for this 3ft, I'm afraid, as I first need a pleco-home and hopefully space for that female betta ideii (and a new hubby for her, if they won't eat the pleco or each other..). I realllly do want a few invert tanks however -- snails and shrimp are some of my favourite critters. I am fond of long-armed river prawns, but they tend to eat things smaller than themselves, so a species tank for those is something I've planned on for months. I also love RCS and my Darwin algae shrimp are just terrific (I hope these become popular in America! You guys would like the Darwins, I am sure, since they gobble up algae all day and change colours) but am a bit tentative over the more exotic breeds like crystals, etc. Maybe down the track, I'll try some of those. Shrimp-only tank suggestion noted, though, and passed for approval!
BettaQi, thank you for kind words and that link is brilliant for ideas, cheers for it.
Silverfang, I have seen pics of some brilliant 3ft shrimp-only setups, filled with moss walls and hosts of crystal reds and blues (colours divided by the moss walls, tho, as you said, they tend to get muddy when interbred..) .. so lovely. I would probably prefer a smaller shrimp-only tank, at this stage. I saw an ad for a cheap 2ft setup today... >> ... perfect for shrimp... if only it was next month, that tank would be mine. If I manage to sell the 600+ UFO books that I have carted around for years (and have no idea where they came from..spooky...) I might just be in luck, tho. :D
This is all really cheering me up, people. I feel the enthusiasm returning! Thanks so much. :)