Originally Posted by UrsMyrick
You've totally inspired me to make my own tank TharBePirates! Now I just need to go hunt down a big cookie jar!
Awesome! The big cookie jar is a great 'small' size. I know Jeffery loves his very much, he gets furious
when we take him out to change water and clean. lol. He's the happiest fish in the world though when he gets put back in.
Originally Posted by vaygirl
If you can fit the light with a daylight compact florescent bulb the plants will do much better and you'll save on your energy bill. :D 6500k will be good if you can find it.
Thanks for the info. I was home this weekend and went to my petsmart (which I feel I know very well, compared to the SF pet stores) there while I grabbed a few things I picked up a small AquaGlo bulb, which states that while increasing color vibrancy in the fish, also is good for tank plants. HOwever, as I just tried to put it in a regular sized bulb socket, I know realize that the size is thismuch too small, and I'm going to have to return the %&$@ thing and hunt down the bulb you're mentioning.
Originally Posted by StacyK
How many times have you boiled your wood. I've boiled mine twice for ( about 1 hour first time and about 3 hours the second time) and still it's leaching like mad.
Over a five hour period I lost track of how many times I boiled it. I did a 1 hour boil, and then I boiled it in short intrevals (maybe 30 mins at a time) only pulling the put off the burner when the water became dark enough to feel it warranted a water change. The next few days there were no discolorations, but I've been gone since friday so we'll see how it looks when I go home tomorrow.
So as previously mentioned up post, this weekend I left the bay area and returned home to preform some familial related tasks. Today, however, I did something quite big.
I got a fish for my tank!!!!!
This has been the subject of much deliberation for me this past week. I knew of a good petstore in town that sells some very gorgeous bettas, and I've been monitoring the tank carefully. It's reading pretty close to perfect right now, and I feel it (and me) are ready for the fish to go in. So today I made a petsmart run, then I hopped over to the LPS where Brother and I choose the male betta.
So, this guy's name is Gyrados.
He is (from what I can tell) a red and light blue dragon half moon (with some bits of aqua in his tail that the camera unfortunately doesn't pick up)
But if I'm wrong about what he is, please correct me, as I'm new to this and all.
He's also very friendly
Since tomorrow is a 3 hour car ride back to the apartment where Gyrados' planted tank awaits, I've taken the precautions for his journey home. He seems to do alright on trips (as home is a 45 minute drive from LFS) but I still felt bad about his TINY cup and got him a carrier.
I kid you not, the cup is not only smaller than the petco/petsmart cups, it's the SAME LENGTH as the little guy.
I know it's not very big; but it's all I could afford at the time, it's a huge step up from the very small, very shallowly filled cup he had been in and it's only temporary till he gets to chill in his filtered tank. In addition to the carrier, I also picked up a bottle of that betta water. I know it's rediculous, but instead of having to prep water I just washed the carrier out and poured 3/4s of the betta water in and introduced Gyrados to the carrier (The rest of which I will put in the carrier tomorrow morning during a water change before we leave). Plus it touts it reduces fish stress, which I figured is a good thing for his long journey home.
So yes, I'm almost to the finish line! Right now he's pretty happy, much more than when he was in his cup since he has some space. Since I picked up some blood worms to add to the dietary variety of he and Jeffery (as they already have pellets and brine shrimp) he's had two servings of those that he absolutely attacked lol.