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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-19-2019, 01:36 AM Thread Starter
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Outback Aquarium Adventures

Outback Aquarium Adventures
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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.
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Picked my new boy up from the store yesterday along with a few plants.

The plants I acquired were two pots of hairgrass and a banana lilly. Got the plants heavily discounted as theyíd be sitting around in the tanks awhile and were looking a little sad, but still seemed relatively healthy.

Spent the afternoon planting the tank and gradually acclimating the fish before adding him in. The tank is still quite barren at this point, but its a start. The store said theyíd be getting in a fresh batch of plants within the next week or two, so Iíll hold off on ordering online and see what I can get.


Tank, now lightly planted and home to a new betta.

Heís been in the tank 24 hours now. Iím a little worried about him though. Heís been very lethargic, just sitting on top of the heater for the most part, and displaying what Iíve assumed to be very prominent stress strips. He seems to gasping a bit as well.


The poor little shy guy cuddling the heater.

Hopefully the poor little guy will perk up over the next few days. Once heís had some time to relax, acclimate and familiarise himself with his new environment. Iíll be keeping a close anxious eye on him either way.

I need to rethink my filter too. The smaller filter is still too strong. Need to figure out how to baffle the flow enough for the betta while still maintaining decent circulation. Also afraid my light might be too bright as well. Need more plants and cover for him.
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I dunno if its just me, but I can't see any pictures if you are attaching them...Just an FYI.
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I dunno if its just me, but I can't see any pictures if you are attaching them...Just an FYI.
Might be because I set the album to private. I've changed it to public. Can you see any pictures now?
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Not in your post here no, but if I click into your profile and look at your albums I can, looks awesome!
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welcome to the forum! I love the setup! the rocks looks very unique. =D
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15 gallon: 1 Pea puffer, 5 harlequin rasboras, 5 neon green Rasboras, Clown pleco, Shrimp.
10 gallon: 2 betta's and a snail
10 gallon: 1 Pea puffer, two Guppies and 6 Panda loaches and shrimp.
5 gallon: Red Cherry Shrimp and snails
5 gallon tank: WIP tank
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Love those rocks!

Could you try some surface cover plants?
He may be feeling a bit exposed in a tank that size, with a bright light overhead.
My 3 all seem to far prefer using surface plants to tunnels and rocks. In fact, for my crew, the more plants the better.
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70litre tank: (Kham) mature setup; betta, purple rasboras, amano and wood shrimp. Heavily planted.
22litre cube tank: (Tagawa); betta, 1 amano, yellow dwarf shrimp. Pond snails and 1 assassin. Heavily planted.
57litre cube tank: ember tetras, 2 amano, 1 nerite, pond snails, 1 assassin, doing his thing. Heavily planted.
200litre tank; honey gourami, cherry barbs, green neons, otocinclus, nerites, pond snails, amano. Heavily planted.
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He’s been in the tank four days, and he has become very adventurous now. Cruising around the whole tank, exploring every nook and cranny.

He’s refusing to eat though. He’s interested and excitedly chases the food, but mouths it around a bit before spitting it back around and then completely ignores it. He’s rejected both the pellets and freeze dried blackworms I have, both fed soaked of course. The fussy little bugger. I keep trying to feed him everyday. Hopefully he’ll take it once he gets hungry enough.

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Love those rocks!

Could you try some surface cover plants?
He may be feeling a bit exposed in a tank that size, with a bright light overhead.
My 3 all seem to far prefer using surface plants to tunnels and rocks. In fact, for my crew, the more plants the better.
Surface cover with plants is my goal. Finding the plants I need is going to be the challenge though.

For the time being I have a cloth partially covering the tank lid to provide a shaded area from the light. He seems quite content with that for now. Not sure the hairgrass will like that long term though.


Adventurous boy cruising around his tank.
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Usually when they take in food and spit it out they are trying to break it down, it might be a little too big. :) Maybe you could try some flake food and crush it up into small pieces for him? :)
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Gorgeous, those rocks are my favorite, and what a nice background to pull it all together!

I definitely agree with bluesamphire, floating plants would be great as bettas like to swim through the roots that hang down, as well as potentially use the space between each plant to build a bubble nest. I recommend trying water lettuce, red root floaters, salvinia, guppy grass, even water sprite may be a good choice as well.
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