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Old 07-13-2012, 02:44 AM   #6691 
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Is the driftwood at petsmart actually on the shelves and not in a tank? I guess I may have been looking in the wrong places xD
Do you need to change the water more often? Or should it be fine?
I saw it on a shelf just an aisle or two over from the fish section. It was lose on the shelf with a tag on each. Sometimes the pieces are too big, so I check often.

If I soak the pieces for a few days, it takes some color out but it still leaves some in, the tank water will still be a little brownish. It looks better in the tanks I have with a background and a light. BUT- you could boil it, like some people say. I just didn't want to because I figured it would be fine if it was a little brackish. I think that maybe the wood does contribute to a little bit more of a dirty "look" though, sometimes there seem to be tiny wood particles on the floor of my tanks. I don't have any substrate though, to hide it.

In my case, I feel that y water will either be VERY hard or a little brackish looking. Our water here is very high ph/hard and I either use driftwood or peat moss granules to soften it, and both make the water brown. I don't know how else to naturally lower ph and our tap water and spring water are both higher than 8.

BTW here is a pic of one of my tanks I changed around recently. 5.5 gallon for Alejandro, I have a blue and orange theme for my room where he is.

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Old 07-13-2012, 03:13 AM   #6692 
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BTW here is a pic of one of my tanks I changed around recently. 5.5 gallon for Alejandro, I have a blue and orange theme for my room where he is.
I don't usually go for non-natural tanks, but something about your aquarium makes me smile. Reminds me of Finding Nemo

By the way, if that's a real seashell floating up in the right-hand corner, you should remove it because it'll alter your pH, most likely making it higher than it already is.
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Old 07-13-2012, 06:01 AM   #6693 
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a nana anubis would give him a place to sleep --- easy to grow and it can just float!
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Old 07-13-2012, 08:47 AM   #6694 
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thelaserluke, looks awesome... maybe a cave of some sorts for your fishie to hide in?

Love all the color Mursey!

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Old 07-13-2012, 04:23 PM   #6695 
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This is a close up of my 10 gallon tank with my betta Vegas! There are so many awesome tanks in this thread! :") I love all the different styles there are!
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Old 07-13-2012, 04:27 PM   #6696 
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How cute. What is that vegas sign?
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Old 07-13-2012, 04:43 PM   #6697 
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aww... she is so pretty. Is that tank big enough for her if she is a giant?
I watched my giant for a day or so and decided she might be better off in a 5 gal. So today while I was cleaning tanks I swapped her with Hugo (small HMPK male) and he is now in the tank in my pic.

She likes to swim in the current from the outflow of the filter, so I turned up the flow a bit and she loves it. I don't have a name for her yet. I will get more pics soon.
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FishyFishy it's a porcelain piggy bank. :")

There really isn't much Las Vegas aquarium decor out there, so I had to get creative. Hahaha!
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I posted this in my tank upgrade post but figured why not put it here too.
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Old 07-14-2012, 02:55 AM   #6700 
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I don't usually go for non-natural tanks, but something about your aquarium makes me smile. Reminds me of Finding Nemo

By the way, if that's a real seashell floating up in the right-hand corner, you should remove it because it'll alter your pH, most likely making it higher than it already is.
I am transitioning some of my tanks to mostly driftwood and plants, but this tank doesn't have a strong light so I didn't know if plants would be ok in there.

Oh it's not a shell - it's a sort of hammock I made covered with aquarium sand. I did read about the shell/ph thing a while ago and made sure not to use any shells. But advice always appreciated, I didn't know that for a while.
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