Outback Aquarium Adventures
Foreword: For those who are perhaps unfamiliar with the term, ďOutbackĒ refers to the remote and sparsely populated inland regions of Australia. Iíve encountered a few people from other countries who had no idea what it actually meant.
Gíday my fellow betta enthusiasts. Iím EmberShadows and this is my journal of aquarium adventures.
Iím an aquarium hobbyist living in a small town in a remote part of Australia. Itís hot, dry and pretty much in the middle of no where out here. My local fish store is located in the next town over, and carries a fairly limited selection. I try to support my local store, but I have to purchase most of my supplies online.
Growing up, there have always been fish in my household, and Iíve dabbled with it from time to time. In the last few years my fishkeeping passion has become reignited. Iíve had a few tragedies so far, but I'll own my failures, learn from my mistakes and keep battling on.
After losing my last boy, Iíve started over from scratch. New tank, new equipment and supplies.
I acquired a second-hand 25 Litre / 6 Gallon tank that Iíve been eagerly preparing for the last few months. Planning for a planted, naturally decorated tank to house a single betta.
Visual Concept for Tank.
Setting up the hardscape with Pisces Black Diamond Aquarium Gravel and locally source rock.
I have no idea what kind of rock it is, but Iíve run it through every test suggested by the internet and couldnít find any problems. Iíll have to keep an eye on it as the tank ages, but Iím not anticipating any issues. It has beautiful colour and patterns though, and is quite stunning against the dark substrate.
Progress with tank setup.
Have a 450l/h filter running in the tank at the moment, stocked up with micro pad, to polish the water of any residual dust from the substrate. Iíll be switching it for a smaller filter with different media before I add fish.
I decided to try Seachem Equilibrium as my water reminiralizer, but Iíve been a little dissatisfied with the amount of fine dust it seems to create, even when dissolved in a jug rather than adding it straight to the tank.
Went to the store to pick up a few final odds and ends for the tank to discover theyíd just received a new shipment of fish. Found an absolutely stunning crowntail in the batch and just had to reserve him. If all goes to plan Iíll be bringing him home this Wednesday.
Iíll need plants still, but I have to order most of them online. Iíll pick up a few if I can when I go in to pick up my new boy.