Greetings all and welcome to my betta journal where I'll keep track of the several different fish and planted tanks I have active. I've found betta are like potato chips, you can't have just one! Starting this journal off with 3 betta boys and their tanks, may add more later, certainly hope not to be removing any though. There are a few other non betta tanks I may toss up photos and updates for occasionally. At the time of opening this I have *has to visualizes each to to count* 6 active tanks (3 are betta inhabited), 1 quarantine tank, 1 'plant dumping' tank, 1 0.5 planted vase, and some unused small containers (most likely for plants and snails then fish).
So first lets have some introductions, this is Xerxes, he's a mustard gas plakat male bought from aquabid from a Taiwanese breeder (he's changed a lot from the auction photo). He's a very active boy that likes to swim around the tank all day, he's very food greedy and has no problem jumping up to nab food off my finger if I take too long getting it unstuck from said finger. He gets incredibly grumpy when I'm late to feed him lunch and dinner, especially when its feeding time and I have a camera/phone camera in my hands. He does not like to be photogenic or be in photos... unless she's photo-bombing. He likes to burrow down under my thick plant carpet and rest on the substrate (like a dog who dis a ditch under a porch to sleep in).
(more recent photos)
His tank mates currently include: 2 otos (unnamed) and unknown #s of Malaysian trumpets, ramshorns, and pond snails (he eats the little ones usually only see medium to big mts)
Ok so you've met the gang, lets go over some details about their lil' home
7.1g AquaTop low iron cube 11.8 x 11.8 x 11.8
fishless cycling started mid March, fish/plants added May 15th
Eheim classic 2211 canister filter WITH spray bar aimed at wall its suction cupped to
Eheim Jagar 50watt heater in a DIY pvc inline heater connected to canister filter outflow
13 watt 6500kelvin cfl bulb in clamp on work lamp hung from chain about 20" above substrate
Black Diamond blasting 'sand' it's cheap and awesome stuff GET IT!
Currently none but will be adding a nice rock... eventually
GH & KH:
70s & 160s ppm (hard water)
(at time of this journal start up)
Hygro sp tiger
Hydro sp japan
On my desk to right of the computer monitor near the door
Seachem liquid: Excel, Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron, and Flourish
1 Thermometer, 1 Indian Almond Leaf, cut foam cover over filter intake, DIY Lexan lid
And we'll end the first post with a recent frontal tank shot as I view it from my seat at the desk.. I really need to re-scape and trim plants soon!