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The tank is coming along nicely. I love the elephant ear and the color. With the 4 boys I have my oldest is an elephant ear named Gunny.
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The tank is coming along nicely. I love the elephant ear and the color. With the 4 boys I have my oldest is an elephant ear named Gunny.
Thank you! I love watching elephant ear bettas pectoral fins when they swim. They're so beautiful!
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After this post, you will all be caught up! The anubias died off pretty quickly. I have no idea why mine always seem to die? I know not to put the rhizome in the substrate. Most of my crypt wenti melted away too! I ordered aquarium co-op easy green all in one fertilizer and that seems to have helped a little. I switched things up a bit but not too much around this time. I am wondering if my light could be the cause of my problems? Itís a national geographic deluxe programmable LED aquarium light.

My sister has a 5-gallon tank in her classroom and another teacher has a back to the roots aqua garden in her room that I help take care of during the year. Summer was coming up and I decided to set up a split 10-gallon tank for their fish so I would only have to do water changes on 2 tanks instead of 3.

I set the tank up with the hopes of growing sweet potatoes in it for some extra filtration and to have the roots for the fish to swim in. I got the idea from Foo the flower horn on youtube and if you donít watch his videos you are missing out! His sweet potato betta tank is amazing! I also used some landscaping stones we had in our garage but I quickly realized that not all stones are aquarium safe so I switched it out for the decor that was already in their tanks at school. Itís not my favorite tank but I think it is okay for summer!

The golden fish is named Puffer (well Puffer 2.0) and he has done awesome this summer! Unfortunately, the other fish, Max, damaged his fins during the move to the new tank and even though I tried 6 different treatment options he passed away. I really feel like an awful fish momma but I know I did everything I could for him.

Douglas has become more lethargic and is struggling to swim. Up until a couple of days ago, he was still able to get his food quickly but now I have to place the food right in front of him or he canít swim to get it. I have moved him to a smaller tank and I think I am going to try to treat him for swim bladder.

I also got a new fish for the other teacher (she is devastated that Max has passed, she really bonded with him over the year) I will post about her soon once she is more settled in!
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I agree about white substrate. I love it but not how dirty it looks after a while. Too much maintenance for me.

Hope Douglas gets better.

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