I have been swooning over betta sororities lately, so I made myself a promise that the next tank I got would be a sorority. I never thought my new tank would end up 100+ gallons.
A little backstory: I was on craigslist and I saw an ad for a free fish tank. I has a crack, but my dad said he can help me replace that panel no problem. So I called the guy, asked him all the info, yadayada, and he told me no more than 65 gallons, as far as he knows. Well my dad went to go pick it up and when I saw it, I just thought no way that is 65 gallons. 5 feet long, 2 feet high, and 1.5 feet wide.
I really want a sorority, but since it will be my first, I have so many mixed emotions right now. On one hand, I feel as though the size will be too much to handle for a beginner, and that my sorority will not thrive. But on the other hand, I feel that with more space, less bettas would mean less fighting. (ie. 1 betta per 10 gallons) Please let me know your guy's input! I would love a tropical community tank if a majority of you feel it would be best, but that would mean that I can not have a sorority until I move out, since I feel I am pushing the tank limit.
(Mom is already finicky about the electric bill as it is, yet she never tells me how much more my tanks are costing her.)
Well now that that is covered, I will jump into the main reason I am here. Regardless of theme, for now, I am concerned about planting. Once I get the panel with the crack replaced, I really want to start with a Walstad tank. I researched her method, and other people's interpretation of it, but rarely do I find one fitting to my tank size. Although, I believe it is the same concept. Could I get opinions on emersed vs. immersed; what type of plants grow best in that style; sunlight needed (not electric lights yet); and what dirt to use (with a cap of play sand)?
I was thinking of doing emersed, but I am worried that once I put water in, the thriving plants will die down a little. The tank will not be stocked until the summer, when I have the time and money to work on it, with the exception of feeder guppies/goldfish if the need arises. So until then, I believe the plants have more than enough time to grow in and become fabulous!