I bought a piece of Mopani Wood from PetsMart for $7.99 It would fit snuggly into my 5.5 gallon. They all come in different shapes and sizes tho.
It's in the reptile section, do NOT get the grapewood. I read of fish dying when using it.
Is it bad that I just spent 60 bucks on a 5 gallon tank and a set up, yet I'm already thinking of getting a bigger tank for my birthday..? This is what happens when you work from home and have lots of space to fill. Oi.
On another note, is it bad to take wood out of the wild? Would it contain parasites? I would boil it, of course.
I've read of several people getting driftwood from outside. It MUST be from a water source. No bark. You must lay it out to completely dry 1st. And then boil it to remove toxins and then start soaking to remove tannins(if you want those removed)
Oh my gosh, you guys. The tank finally came. I leaped off my bed and ran squealing to the door in a tizzy of excitement. Just about gave Grams a heart attack! I spent an hour setting up that tank and I actually wished it took longer lol I could feel my blood pressure dropping. Love it!
This was the end result:
I took the advice of some fellow fish lovers on here and raided the Walmart craft aisle for decor. I'm super glad I did. It was so much cheaper! I grabbed a couple of trippy holographic sheets to plaster on the back of the tank, they immediately started flaring at their reflections! Both of them full out flaring! So I'm starting to really think they're males. They weren't playing around, that's for sure!
I ended up with a single albino pleco for my clean up crew, he's one manning it right now but as soon as petco gets some red cherry shrimp, I'll be on that! He's getting along fine with Floyd; neither of them pay any attention to each other.
I had plans to only get my grandma a betta, but I came away with another baby, too. *sigh* I was kicking myself the whole time, but a voice in my head kept going, "But.. but... I want a red one." I reasoned with myself that I would have a tank free, so.. yepp. I officially have 3 bettas. But that's ok! I'm hoping this one is female. I named him/her Jagger. So now it's Floyd, Marley, and Jagger. ;]
I got grandma a crowntail. If all else, I wanted to be sure we had one in the house! They had so many amazingly colored fish.. think they might have just gotten a shipment. Grandma said blue or red, sooo I settled on both!
Every so often he unfurls beautifully, but for the moment he's Mr. Grumpy Gills.
Everyone is looking great, no one seems traumatized and everyone seems to be acclimated well! Keeping my fingers crossed that it will stay that way.