Well I got the first couple of deliveries of what is going to become my big betta fish project. I ordered some ADA substrate three months ago from a company online, and it arrived yesterday after I had given up any hope of ever seeing it.
Since I like the look of blackwater pools, and want to go with that kind of theme in my tanks, I purchased myself some ĎNatural Miracle Leafí (crushed up Ketapang leaves), 5 litres of blackwater extract, and some Betta Spa. I have also been adding naturally dried leaves Iíve found in the backyard (donít worry, I made sure they were all from aquarium safe species of trees) to make a natural leaf litter at the bottom of all my tanks.
Next week, I will be ordering an industrial grade shelving unit that can hold around 560 kilograms per shelf. Since when this project will be finished that corner of my room will be holding about half a tonne of weight, Iím sending my dad under to put some more stumps in.
Iím going to fishless cycle my 46 gallon tank with some seeded media and my ADA Africana substrate since that leeches out a fair bit of ammonia for a few weeks. Then it will eventually be turned into a South-East Asian biotope, and used to house a pair of wild bettas and a school of rasboras.
Anyways enough talking, and onto pictures!
Right now my 46 gallon is being used as a very expensive towel rack and spare tank holder.
(The tank behind it is housing a nice matched pair of DTHM I picked up from the LFS.)
Hereís my super-delta (was
a halfmoon when I first saw him at the LFS) Mars, in his tank with the crushed up Ketapang leaves. They came in tea bags, but I emptied one out into a couple of my tanks to add to the leaf litter at the bottom. This is only about an hour after I added the leaves to the tank.
Heís not too sure on the whole thing. He keeps thinking the bits of leaves are food. I need to find someone that sells IAL here so I can pick up some actual leaves as well.
Hereís a picture of all my stuff. That driftwood cost a fortune, but itís hollow right the way through and I thought my fish might enjoy using it as a hide. The tanks are really nice for the price. Going to pick up another 2 footer to divide up for a possible Aquabid pair.
And finally, hereís my Siamese cat Kanika in her
box. That is also her
butcher paper all over the floor, oh and also, the floor and room is hers as well. Luckily, she tolerates my fish.