I've decided to do a full-on biotope style aquarium for my rutilans group. I'm going to use a mixture of peat moss and coir over the top of the aqua soil, and then have a very thick layer of leaf litter over the top of this. The only plants are going to be watersprite and maybe some Amazon frogbit just to help provide surface cover and manage the ammonia.
I was thinking of making a raised section at the back out of something like a 3D background so I can hide the equipment, provide a shallow area for shyer fish to retreat to, and also that way the goldvine will look like roots growing down from the 'bank' into the water.
I'm hoping I can achieve this in the next couple of weeks as some of the males are looking ratty.
Then surprise we have my coccina male who I thought was dead, but really wasn't. I also found his female. They are living with the rutilans group currently and I am not sure what to do with them as they have been exposed to the velvet parasite and I don't want to set-up another tank, have them spawn and then have them give it to their fry.
My sp. wajok pair are still
playing coy. I'm going to drop their water level right down and add some more tannins. We are going to the aquarium this weekend so going to pick up some more wood. Here was what I think is the male chasing my finger.
I placed an order for some hornwort, hydrilla, IALs, dried riparian leaves and peat moss from an interstate seller and so once I get the invoice for it I'm going to pay and that way it should hopefully arrive next week.
I want to try hornwort again in my tanks. I think it might like the cooler water and aqua soil of my wild betta tanks.
Other than that, I really need to clean my goldfish tank and fill up my downstairs water aging tub with the hose. But it's cold and I am procrastinating.