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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-22-2019, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
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First aquarium journey!

I decided it was time I start a journal talking about my first (sort of, Iíll get to that in another post) aquarium! My sister got a betta fish for her classroom (also will talk about that later) and I got bit by the betta bug and decided I needed an aquarium of my own.

I went to petco during the end of October of last year (2018) to get a deal on a tank during the dollar per gallon sale. I went to the checkout with a 5.5 gallon tank and found out it wasnít part of the deal and it would be cheaper to get a 10-gallon so I grabbed a 10-gallon tank and checked out. I sort of regretted it at first because it was a much bigger tank but Iím so happy I ended up getting the bigger one!

Over the next two weeks I took my time getting things for my tank. In addition to the basics like water conditioner and a test kit etc. I got a bag of sand, a hide, a light, and an anubias plant from petsmart. I got grey slate rock, moss balls, and temple compacta plants from petco and finally I got driftwood, and some rocks from my newly found LFS.

Fun fact, when I started reading this forum whenever people said ďLFSĒ I kept reading LFL which is little free library because we have a little free library and my sister is obsessed with them and I always got confused and was like what? Little free library? Oh no local fish store, got it got it.

Anyway I set up my tank with a DIY sponge filter with an air stone and air pump I already had and started to cycle the tank. I have changed up the way it looks a TON over time but I started out with this little pathway with sand leading to the driftwood. I really thought this would be the focal point of my tank because when I found the driftwood I thought it looked like some sort of fish castle when sitting up on one of the sides vs laying down like most driftwood. I later changed this.

One of my first mistakes was putting the anubias completely in the substrate and I killed almost all of the plant. I also was struggling to cycle the tank with just fish food and thought I would have to do a fish in cycle but I didnít end up having to do that.

Here are some pictures of the tank after the first round of setting it up. At the time I still needed a thermometer, a heater, more plants, and of course my betta! There is also a bonus pic of one of my five (yes five, I am 22 and still live with my parents but again, thatís for another day) cats enjoying ďhisĒ new tank.
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Haha! Love the pics! We had a black cat who would climb into anything. He just got in and sat there blinking at the world for hours.

Love the tank too. Anubias grow slowly, and do well with low light. Did you say how much light the tank gets? Your Betta may like a bit more greenery to shelter in, and something that grows a bit faster would make that happen more quickly. I put a Hottonia in Tagawa’s tank a month ago, and it has already grown 2 inches!

And good call on buying the bigger tank. Not only will it make your betta’s life more interesting, it will also make it easier to keep the water healthy.
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You've got a nice looking tank there, can't wait to see pictures of the new betta
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Nice tank, and nice size, good choice. But I can only say (live) Plants, plants,plants. In a 10 gallon wow could I have fun. Just remember these words, If you can see your betta at a glance you don't have enough plants. Your fish like plenty of hides, and betta are no exception. LOL
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Haha! Love the pics! We had a black cat who would climb into anything. He just got in and sat there blinking at the world for hours.

Love the tank too. Anubias grow slowly, and do well with low light. Did you say how much light the tank gets? Your Betta may like a bit more greenery to shelter in, and something that grows a bit faster would make that happen more quickly. I put a Hottonia in Tagawaís tank a month ago, and it has already grown 2 inches!

And good call on buying the bigger tank. Not only will it make your bettaís life more interesting, it will also make it easier to keep the water healthy.
All of our cats will climb into anything! LOL I still did several more things to the tank before I got my little guy. I guess I should have said that I am just taking pics that I already had in my phone and writing out what I remember doing at that time until I catch up to the present day. I ended up switching the light source so I will mention that in one of my next posts. All of my current plants are actually growing too slow for my liking so I will look into getting some hottonia!
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Okay, part two! I should mention that these first posts are me recounting what I did back when I was first setting up my tank, Iíll mention once I am posting for present day! So after I set up my tank I ordered a betta leaf and a sponge filter off of Amazon since I wanted a real filter and not a DIY one. I also got an Aqueon preset 50W heater at Petco.

Did you know Petco price matches? They will match Amazon, chewy, jet, PetSmart, Walmart, wag, and target! They will also match sale items from other Petco stores and Petco online. What I found interesting is that in the store this heater is $20.99 but on Petco's website it is $11.29. So make sure to price match if you buy from them!

Once that all came in I did a little water change and decided I wanted to change up the substrate a bit as you can see in the picture below. It was around this time that I actually started looking for a betta. Even though my tank wasnít cycled I knew I could always do a fish in cycle and I also knew I was going to be very picky about this betta, so I should start looking right away.

I really really really wanted a dumbo ear. Itís not that I donít like other kinds of bettas because I do! Itís just that I love their huge pectoral fins and even though I knew this would mean there would be fewer options for me to choose from I really wanted to wait until I found the perfect guy. Trust me I almost caved SEVERAL times. Iíll include some pictures of the bettas I was considering at the time below. Also included is a picture of another one of my cats, Tanzy, who apparently was trying very hard to find the fish that was not in the tank. LOL.
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Love your aquascaping, great design. Cats are pips aren't they? I'm jealous of all the fish you have. Many of my fish, past and present have very close colors to some of yours, especially the green one.
and you have inspired me to write a journal too!


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