First Tank Journal: Donivan & Others
Hey, as the title says, i'm new to the hobby. This is my first aquarium and looking for some advice on if i'm doing things well. My first idea was to make a sorority of bettas however a lot of research it's probably not a good idea for a beginner, and even if i did succeed they wouldn't last for very long due to stress.
For starters, I have a Hagen HG Fluval Flex Aquarium (15gal) It's more like a 10 gallon tall, 1 bag of ADA Aqua Soil Amazonia II Normal Type (3L) for substrate. I'm thinking about adding more as it's kind of thin in some areas as i've needed to move more to support the rock and plants as i've read most plants do good in about an inch or 2 of substrate (it's about a half a centimeter in the very lowest spot and an inch and around 2 for the highest. For the light i just use what came with the tank (is it fine or should i get a better one?)
Within the first week (i didn't think to wait for it to cycle longer, and ordered them with the water testing kit and fertilzer)
2 java ferns split into 5, 1 red flame sword, 1 amazon sword, 1 anubias nana petite, 1 anubias barteri, 1 anubias coffeefiola, 1 Cryptocoryne Wendtii - However this guy isn't doing too well, it fell into two parts as i was cleaning it and most of the leaves and stems melted away. I have a few of the (rhizomes/roots?) planted with 1 or 2 leaves or none, hoping they'll grow back like others have said they would. And a couple days later when i checked the water parameters (ph 7, ammonia 0-0.25 (i can't really tell the difference between the two colors), nirites 0 and nitrate was 10 after first water change i added 3 nerite snails - 1 zebra 1 tiger and 1 random one and they seem to be doing fine. Water levels have been consistent,
After a 3 weeks i wasn't feeling like it was planted enough as i read that bettas like heavily planted tanks, So i added 1 Bacopa Caroliniana, 1 red melon sword, and Cryptocoryne Lutea and added 2 catappa leaves.
So from here i'm just kind of wondering if i should/could add more plants. Or even start looking to buy fish. As i said before my focus is to buy a betta and build a good home for it with some friends. I'd like something to help with the poop on the bottom and on my pieces of wood, it's already a lot from the snails and if i'm adding fish it'll become even more. I thought about 6 panda cory's or pygmy cory's if i could find some but i think i've over planted the tank//not enough bottom space for them. Or shrimp to take their place (not sure how many or if the betta will attack/kill them). And a school of tetras (6-10, ideally 10) or something else.
TL:DR First aquarium, lots of plants, curious about what kind of fish i should get to go alongside a betta or if i should do a sorority. Sorry if it's a lot of info/poorly format. Any help/info is greatly appreciated.
Last edited by RussellTheShihTzu; 08-03-2019 at 06:40 PM.
Reason: First nine posts from "New to Hobby and First Post" copied into Journal at Theod123's request.