WOW!! page 100!! didn't notice till just now. Let's have a big update for this big number.
The love-hate relationship with anubias...
You may notice some empty spots in here from the last update.. because I never seem to have luck finding anubias that doesn't melt to nothing (i'm talking total rhizome destruction!). Its quite frustrating.. I lost the 2 lovely anubias goldens and 2 unidentified anubias. What's left *looks* healthy for the time being.. but it takes a month of no rot to know its all gone.
Willow is doing well, she's always exploding and pretty bold. Fastest betta ever to learn feeding ques/where to go for food. She still gets spooked by my finger sometimes but other times she chases. She may not be as 'flashy' as some bettas but I'm glad I chose her.
She decided to nip my finger a few times today after feeding, moth is too small to latch on but it was cute.
8g jumbo bubble bowl
Had to cut the 2 anubias rhizomes as they were too long to let new growth have some room (new leaves were smushed against glass). Titan is doing well, hasn't flared yet but I've not really tried to make him flare.
side/Back of the tank-my husband's view from his desk. Curved glass make its impossible to show whole thing but it reminded him of a plague mask.
He does not like to hold still for photos.. best is the middle one-he was being leery of my wacom tablet pen.
75g Goldfish tank
so, bad at updating. back to just aquarium-2 goldies in a 75g
Last of the older goldfish-oringally had a ton of beautiful black markings and started around 38 grams. S/he is now at 55ish grams and lost 99% of their black.
Sadly I'd lost everyone else.. but got a new roommate for them. We named the new one Pepper. First days home getting weighed and our newest/youngest pup came to check the oranda out, Pepper was just as curious.
After qt I had to bug bomb the room the 75g is in so unplugged air pump and taped up the tank so nothing got in and moved the fantail to a separate temp tank for a few days. They both were acclimated and put back into the tank at the same time (different buckets). They're getting along great and eat constantly! I'm tossing in baby spinach (and sometimes other salad greens) 4-6 times a day + small portions of soilent green 2 times a day! Ps peper is a photo bomber!
Tank is doing well, plants get nibbled but not destroyed.. have bba (black beard algae) but I think increasing water changes will help with that.
view from the couch
Enjoying spinach. End of the bag so all the pieces were so tiny x.x Thinking to trying to grow my own lettuce again for them.
Btw I don't think I mentioned this but this fantail in the photo is named Tarragon now. Original name was Quinoa (since we use tri color quinoa in some of out cooking) but with the black all gone needed a rename.
Been through a lot of ups and downs.. went through a few re-scapes and fish variants. Hubby missed having shrimp through the tank so got the blue version of cherry/sakura/firered shrimp we use to have, they should do well in our water, they just arrived yesterday.
Italian vals, Echinodorus parviflorus, lots of duckweed, stray water sprite I need to remove, will be adding flame moss to driftwood after treating for snails.
currently Dream Blue Velvet Shrimp (Neocaridina davidi), plan to add nano fish after shrimp colony establishes
black diamond blasting 'sand'
the manzanita driftwood that use to be in my 20g long (cut to fit)
eheim 2211 diy inline heater eheim jagar 50 watt
10g half moon
Clearly been bad at updating since last time I posted this was still a de-rimmed 5g. Got a 10g half moon at petsmart because hubby lied the curved glass (no corners) and moved marimo covered river rocks and pumice to this tank. Also added silicone anemones for hiding places for betta. Has riccia floating at top to keep ammonia in check.
Sorry not as nice a photo.
riccia fluitans, marimo
an old veiltail female betta named V
off white sand
river rock and pumice
nano sponge filter/airline hose/whisper air pump, hydro theo 25 watt heater, azoo micro temp controller
Just a quick update on the 75g. Ended up having issues-rain and then freezing temps froze my window shut (yes I water change into the garden even in winter, tank placement is not conducive for draining into a tub/sink, and bucket brigading it would cripple me). Did 2 70% water changes on a wed and friday last week.
Unfortunately I lost my olive nerite snail-it was old so not surprised. But ti think that spiked ammonia a bit-didn't find it until water change was done so coudln't test to confirm. A few days later Tarragon got real bad swelling by the base of the tail and dropsy/sbd. I moved her to the qt tank and started treatment but she didn't make it through the night.
Pepper is all alone now, seemed very distraught about loosing Tarragon the first 2 days but has calmed down and is use to being solo again (was solo in qt when first came home).
I decided I won't buy any more goldfish. I love them but I feel like I loose them too fast, so will be sticking to smaller fish. Once Pepper passes I'm thinking of turning the 75g into a walstad tank since all the plants should do well with that. Would get organic soil and gravel plant everything and re-cycle.
Then I dunno.. I REALLY want danio tinwini so might put those in and maybe some otos. After they're settled in I might get a baby angelfish again (1), Carmel YumYum (don't look at me, my husband named her and was apparently hungry at the time) got along great with otos and other small fish since it was raised with them, so hoping for the same again. I don't think danio will be an issue for the angel, they're suppose to be peaceful dither fish (compared to other danio)
Will throw up some photos of pepper later.
I've sen at least 6 of the 20 some shrimp that went in.. not sure if the others died or hiding well in the leaf litter/driftwood. Ended up cutting back the vals as some had over a foot floating on the surface. It was killing water movement which caused bio-film and then green algae formed in some bubbles on the bio-film (looks cool but had to go). That all cleared right up as I started cutting back the vals, and taking out a few scoops of duckweed.
I still haven't fed the shrimp, they seem to be doing fine on the natural food in there but I may try a soilent green gel cube (tiny) this weekend. They've refused spinach the 2 times I blanched some and put it in the tank. Seen a few molted skins (shells? what ever the term) and a few of the live ones are definitely female (i'd bought a 10:5 f:m ratio, wasn't sure what survived).
10g half moon
Sadly I think V may have passed, or is on teh verg on it. She's been looking old for a while now, i expected ehr to die back in Oct but she's been resilient! Swim bladder stopped working properly but she'd use the floating rocks and riccia at the surface to rest and get air easily. She's always mange to move over to my feeding spot on a high rock but this week she's not come. I see her wedged in the riccia but dno't want to push her out if she's resting and too tired to get food...I think I just don't want to find out for sure if she's gone.. She's the last of my sorority tank girls.
Once she is passed I'm going to toss the light this tank came with and get a cfl bulb over it adn some taller anubias (if I can mange some that doesn't rot!) before my husband and I hunt down a new fish.. most likely another betta but could be a dwarf gourami or some other small species.. who knows..
3g bubble bowl
Haven't updated on this in forever. Its gotten kinda ugly (algae) since Cacao's snail buddy passed on. Haven't added another 'pest' snail since.. think its about time. Can never get an un-blurred shot of this betta so I stopped trying.