First aquarium journey!
I decided it was time I start a journal talking about my first (sort of, I’ll 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 wasn’t 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 I’m 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 “LFS” 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 didn’t 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, that’s for another day) cats enjoying “his” new tank.