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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-15-2018, 04:19 PM Thread Starter
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Royal's Triumphs and Tribulations.

I started a natural planted tank or walstad tank and want to journal it. It will not be by the book because I've not read it. I'm still learning and will adjust and adapt accordingly and will share the whole process even if I'm left with my foot in my mouth 😂

this is day 3 of the tank I made a very impulse betta purchase. We are drip acclimating him to his new home and I am calling him Royal. I always like to test the betta cup for ammonia. His was reading 1ppm.
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It didnt take him long to adjust. Just a little timid but it was his first day in a new place!
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Argh! 1st morning I wake up to see he had scalped himself! And he was missing a few scales 😫 not a good start, Royal.
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Added some mosquito fern for his tank.
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I got some airline tubing to Make a feeding hole. And stuffed the back compartment with fittonia plants since I wasnt running that. I think Royal likes the coverage the floating plants provide. Thoigh after a few days I'm already annoyed with the fern. The roots have a curl to them so they do catch on his fins sometimes and takes him a good effort to free it. I added some duckweed in the mix. The goldfish really like eating the batches when I go in to thin it.
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His head healed completely! Just a minor scar. We are in our 3rd week. Everything reads 0. I'll post weekly here on out. Likely every Tuesday about pics or changes I did throughout the week!
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He's really pretty :o as for them scraping scales... I have a SUPER active PK who's kind of clumsy since he's partially blind and he knocks himself into stuff on occasion, as long as the water's in good shape they have no issue healing right up :) Love the tank btw, that's a nice idea with the fittonia, I have a pink angel that's outgrown its pot, might be a good idea to put some in the back area....

at second glance I have a very similar tank to yours :o (might actually be the same now that I think about it) do you not use the filtration system it came with?

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He is gorgeous!!

Owner of one betta, a delta tail male, Romeo.

“Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight! For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night." (Quote from William Shakespeare) ~Me when first saw Romeo in the pet store


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He's really pretty 😮 as for them scraping scales... I have a SUPER active PK who's kind of clumsy since he's partially blind and he knocks himself into stuff on occasion, as long as the water's in good shape they have no issue healing right up 🙂 Love the tank btw, that's a nice idea with the fittonia, I have a pink angel that's outgrown its pot, might be a good idea to put some in the back area....

at second glance I have a very similar tank to yours 😮 (might actually be the same now that I think about it) do you not use the filtration system it came with?
Shifa I'm not using the built in filter because this tank is dirted and capped with pea gravel. I didnt want the dirt being sucked into that compartment. I do have a mini hob on this tank though for water movement though. I'm watching parameters closely though but for now, the plants seem to be doing a fine job keeping the ammonia and nitrites at 0. It is a bit of a small tank at 2.5. Yet less water what with the gravel taking up some space. But he has such heavy fins he isnt intensely active like my veiltail. He just swims and then sorta fluffs his fins out all big and beautiful showing off but he isn't built for speed, that's for sure 😂 I'm suspicious it is the old filter output so I'm going to stuff something in there soon.
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Ahhh okay, I didn't notice you had soil in it 👍
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