No photo update for tank progress today, but maybe tomorrow...
Yesterday was warm (50sF) so took advantage of the warmer weather to rince off some more black diamond 'sand' in a bucket outside for the 6g bow-front.
I'm thinking of using the leftover sand and river rock to redo the marimo cube and give it to my husband to put on his desk at work since it is 0 maintenance (except water top off.. which I'll cover by giving him a capped bottle of declorinated tap). Currently the marimo cube is just sitting by the qt tank but doesn't get a lot of viewing or love.
In other news I looked into painting the inside of the tank to remove glass reflection and keep the new boy and Xerxes from seeing eachother and flaring constantly. I had no luck finding an aquarium safe glass adhering paint, BUT found krylon fusion to be a very commonly used spray paint for fresh and saltwater fish keepers for plastic and acrylic parts in their tanks (like diy intake/outflow and sump boxes). After a little hunting around town I finally found it in black at Pepboys (Walmart only had fugly colors, and surprisingly Home Depot and Lowes did not carry it at all O.o). Going to ask my husband to cut the piece of acrylic I bought already (initially as the lid) to fit on the inside back wall of the tank, sand it to make it rough (to make it easier for the krylon to grip onto) and then will try painting it. 24-48 hours of dry time then will see how it holds up in water. If it works I'll buy more acrylic for one side wall and the lid (lid won't be painted), and use the egg crate that the rocks will be set on to hold the acrylic sheets in place so they don't fall over or leave a gap for a fish to get stuck....Will update on my progress/findings from that later this week hopefully ^^
As for the rocks I'm 90% sure I won't be using the tall thin dark one.. its the most unstable and I'm worried that bumping the desk could cause it to fall over and break the tank glass... hopefully the other rocks are tall enough to hide the sponge filter and heater. I'll be adding the egg crates, rocks, and sand after I make the acrylic sheets.. and will probably transfer the new betta( (I really need to settle on a name) and the aubias in his qt tank, over to the 6g then. Still waiting a few weeks to make sure the other anubias is safe... another has already melted, and one is close to melting but they were separated to smaller containers fairly early as I suspected them of disease.
Quick photos of melted anubias round leaf before throwing it out (rhizome, stem, ad leaves were completely soft). And anubias barterie that's been degenerating for a bit (suspect it will dissolve in another 2 weeks at most), final photo shows a whole in the underside of the rhizome where some roots use
to be as well as discoloration at the base of a stem (will turn into a whole as well)
Aaand finally some more pico tank temptations from candle/vase glassware..