I had considered anubias, but being from Africa originally, I'm not sure how they'd cope with the extreme drop in temperature over the winter months. Average water temperature is only about 10 degrees Celsius and probably overnight it gets even lower.
My Betta uberis male is doing a great job with his eggs! I woke up this morning and the first thing I did was go check to see if they were still there and both the eggs and the male were still in the canister.
Crossing my fingers I get some free-swimming fry out of this.
Placed an order for plants. I figure at this point I will just buy enough to fill up my rutilans tank and then order some more for my coccina tank when I have money at the end of the month.
I ordered hydrilla, hornwort, limnophila brownii, java moss, and giant duckweed. Also ordered some native riparian leaves to use along the bottom of the tank as these seem to last months longer than IAL and contain lots of sticks and seed pods etc. to give a more natural feel.
Hopefully if I pay today they will get sent out by Monday next week. A fellow hobbyist I am friends with purchased some Amazon frogbit and was going to give me a little bit as well, so my rutilans pair should be very happy with their new tank by the time they get here. It's been ages since I've put this much effort into getting a tank ready.
I'm crossing my fingers my 2ft light and heater arrive today and that nothing is broken. Got a 100 watt heater once and somehow the end was completely smashed even though the box wasn't even dented.
I still have to purchase some IALs. I can get them here from an online store, but I honestly don't like the 'perfect' looking leaves. I was thinking of getting some low grade ones from Bettawan but I am not sure whether they would pass through customs who may think there is something wrong with them.
Other than that, I have been looking into becoming sort of self-sustaining food wise for my fish. I have been researching how to culture blackworms, and also daphnia. I really want to try daphnia, but it seems like getting your hands on a starter culture is difficult. I can usually feed my wilds off mosquito larvae and live bloodworms from early summer to early autumn, but I don't want to rely so heavily on a worm based diet over the colder months as I don't feel it's as healthy for the fish. At the moment, I'm working on setting up a much bigger grindal worm culture. It's a shallow plastic tub, half-filled with peat moss. There's crushed coral mixed in to stop it from becoming too acidic, and I'm going to wet it all today and then introduce my grindals and white worms to it. At least it will save me having all these small, plastic containers sitting around, and hopefully I can get a bigger yield of worms.
I'm rather disappointed to see that the majority of my hendra fry seem to be developing into males. Initially I thought I had only two males, but now it seems like I'm going to be struggling to even have a couple of females to retain or sell off. I wish I could figure out how to get a more even split. It not only makes selling the fish difficult as no one wants singletons, but also makes continuing a line beyond F1 extremely difficult as well.
The mum was looking spectacular last night though. She was flaring at her oldest male offspring, and even posed for a nice photo.