Am I Doing This Correctly?
I've been doing a lot of research and planning for my aquarium. One thing I've discovered (I already knew, it's just reinforced every time I need something) is that Canada's product market is lacking. It's so hard for me to find certain things because they are only sold in the United States. I need silicone to reseal the tank but in my area, there aren't many options for aquarium safe silicone. So, I'm going to have to order some online for $20+! I don't have a choice because I really need it before I can do anything else with this tank.
Anyway, I've constructed a plan - not sure if I'll be able to get it finished in the next 25 days (my birthday is December 1st).
Here is a breakdown of what I'm going to do. Feel free to give suggestions as this is my first time actually planning out an entire aquarium like this!
Once the tank is resealed (I have to wait for the silicone to be delivered), I'm going to use pool filter sand as my main substrate along with gravel. I'll probably do a half and half like this:
Or a sand path like this:
Once the sand and gravel is added to the resealed tank, I'm going to attempt to plant live plants in the aquarium.
Here is a list of what I want (In no particular order):
Amazon Sword Plant
I had a hard time finding some because they are seasonal. Winter is coming so by the time I'm ready to add them, I'm afraid they won't be available. I've underlined the ones I'm going to start with first. I'd like to take my time to build my micro ecosystem (I think that's what it's called). Not 100% sure my choice in plants is good for a beginner but these are the ones listed when I was researching on the best plants to plant in aquariums with betta fish.
Moving on, after the sand and gravel is laid down and the plants are placed, I'm going to start cycling the aquarium. I'm not sure if I have to do that before planting the plants I want to plant.
Unfortunately, because of where I live, I do not have pure ammonia available to kick start the process. It's way too expensive to order online and the ammonia doesn't always ship well (leaking into the box) so I'll have to do it some other way. I was thinking about starting with ghost shrimp - maybe 6 to start. Just enough to get them excreting waste into the tank to raise the ammonia level. At the same time, I will be adding Seachem Prime to the aquarium water daily. I haven't been able to find a test kit for ammonia, nitrate and nitrite. It's really expensive online and not available for me in stores (only the test strips which I heard aren't accurate) but I know it's important. Hopefully someone can offer advice on this.
After the ghost shrimp settle, I'd like to introduce mystery snails into the aquarium along with clown pleco. Although, I'm having a hard time finding clown pleco - I'm only seeing the ones that grown to 24 inches. They are probably seasonal too but I could have sworn I saw some in the pet store when I went to look at fishes. I think I'll just have to physically walk into different pet stores to see if they have the things that I can't find online.
Then, after the ghost shrimp, mystery snails, and clown pleco have settled into the tank, I will add guppies! Hopefully the betta fish will not clash with the guppies. I think adding the betta fish to an already established aquarium last might help but I'm not sure. The plants might help with creating space for them to claim territory. Plus, it's a 35 gallon tank so there should be enough space for everyone.
Once all of that is completed, I'll look into decorating the aquarium with drift wood maybe and some aquarium stones.
FINALLY, I will add the betta fish.
When I read this all over, it seems like it's going to take at least 2 months to complete. I'm not really in any rush anyway. We'll see how it goes.
I have an air pump but only one side works. I'm going to take it apart and see what the issue might be. I'm also going to have to buy Seachem Matrix for the filter.
This is all I got so far! Let me know what y'all think!
Thank you if you read everything - I appreciate it.
Last edited by No_One_Special; 11-05-2019 at 08:26 PM.