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post #11 of 24 (permalink) Old 10-01-2019, 01:10 AM
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Should not be a big rush to put wood in you have time only thing is it has been soaking in tap water? So keep that in mind. Tie your plants I donít use glue too messy. That list of plants is a very good list of easy nice plants, of course the most beautiful plants that you see require co2 and special care. LOL.......😩
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Should not be a big rush to put wood in you have time only thing is it has been soaking in tap water? So keep that in mind. Tie your plants I donít use glue too messy. That list of plants is a very good list of easy nice plants, of course the most beautiful plants that you see require co2 and special care. LOL.......😩
Yeah, I think I'll wait on the wood for sure and try to let it run its course. And yeah, I really like some other plants but the level of care and the need for all of the co2 just might be too much for me currently! Maybe something I could look into more in the future if I change my mind!

For now, I've got 3 marimo moss balls, 3 fake silk plants, and am planning on picking up some anubias!

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So, unfortunately I've come down with a bad cold or something and have been sick for the past couple of days and life has been quite hectic. I've got an exam in my evening class tonight and another one tomorrow morning (yikes!). Figured I'd take a study break to stop in here and share an update!

I had ordered some fake plants on amazon and they arrived on Monday. After giving them a rinse, I have added them in and really am impressed with them. They're not exactly silk, they're more like threads. Hard to explain but no plastic, definitely some type of fabric and they look awesome! It came with three so I added them in. I also had a bit of a freak out since I thought my heater had stopped working and was about to get so frustrated until I realized that when I was messing with my water levels/setting up the larger stones and moss balls, I had unplugged my heater since I was scooping some water out so I could account for the water displacement of my arm and I guess I forgot to plug it back in.Definitely a whoops moment but I'm glad it wasn't broken. I've decided to keep it in the main section of the tank rather than the back area since the water level seems to be a lot more stable in the main area and it seems to help evenly heat my tank this way.

Here's a quick picture I took of my tank, nice little view from laying in bed while sick. Enjoy!
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Very nice beginning will fill in very nicely with more plants. Make sure you like your hardscape your substrate and such make sure your tank is in the location you want. From what I understand each time you tear down the tank and replace everything it is like starting a new cycle which can be stressful I think for the fish.
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Very nice beginning will fill in very nicely with more plants. Make sure you like your hardscape your substrate and such make sure your tank is in the location you want. From what I understand each time you tear down the tank and replace everything it is like starting a new cycle which can be stressful I think for the fish.
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Thank you! And yeah, I live in a tiny apartment so this is pretty much my only spot where my tank can go so it'll be here until I move out next summer! So far I know I want to keep everything thats in there to start with, I just will need to rearrange a bit to add in the driftwood piece once that's ready. If it ever stops leeching! Trying to be patient with it!

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Update time!

Hello all, I've been quite busy but figured it was time for an update. I went to a LFS the other day that I hadn't had the chance to visit yet and WOW they had some gorgeous bettas and so many fish! I was considering getting some plants but I didn't really see any that I wanted and noticed that a lot of their plants seemed to have snails on them and I'm really not trying to deal with pest snails if I don't have to... lol.

I finally decided to go ahead and add my driftwood in the other day! The water definitely has a slight tint which is more noticeable when the lights are off but I really am not bothered by it. Here are some pictures!

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I've been doing lots of research on plants but I guess I'm still a bit undecided. I'm pretty sure I'll end up getting an anubias to attach to the driftwood. I also have been looking into crystalwort (Riccia Fluitans) since I really like the appearance and I've read that CO2 isn't necessarily required for it. I'm also thinking I might try to get some floating plants like frogbit since I love the look of them and since my fluval Spec V lid has that giant hole, I figured a floating surface plant could be good to deter any jumping. I'd section off part of my surface of the tank to keep plant-free so it wouldn't entirely be covered. I also know with frogbit I'd have to keep on top of thinning it out so it doesn't completely take over.

I was going to order a tissue culture anubias from Aquarium Plants Factory but am slightly concerned about the shipping. I was leaning towards tissue culture since I'd know it would be pest free, I just need to do more research to see if I can go ahead and order it and do the 2-5 day shipping and not have it die on me!

That's pretty much all for now! Any advice or feedback as always is welcome!

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Figured it was time for an update! I ordered some java moss from a seller on Etsy and was so happy with what I received! It looked healthy and green and lush upon arrival in the mail - I was slightly afraid I would get a brown lump of moss but thank goodness I didn't.


Tanks been cycling for a couple weeks now and I got some filter media from an established tank several days ago which really is helping me along more than my fish food method. So far the readings have been looking pretty good and I'll probably be getting a betta this weekend! Yay! I can't wait!


I attached the moss to the driftwood using sewing thread, but man was that a pain. Next time I'll go with fishing line or the glue method most likely. I hope I tied it enough, guess we'll find out!

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Java moss attaches itself quickly to almost anything, you shouldn't have a problem with it. I always give it a little floof and trim the ends to get it growing and spreading faster. If it is too densely clumped you will get portions that will die off.
The tank is coming along nicely, I really like the driftwood you picked for it.
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Java moss attaches itself quickly to almost anything, you shouldn't have a problem with it. I always give it a little floof and trim the ends to get it growing and spreading faster. If it is too densely clumped you will get portions that will die off.
The tank is coming along nicely, I really like the driftwood you picked for it.
That's good to hear about the moss, hopefully I won't have issues with it. I fluffed it a bit and have it tied down (I've never had java moss in a tank before so it's a learning experience for me!). And thanks! That driftwood kinda drove me crazy with the crazy tannins and whatnot but I really like how it looks. I've got a betta leaf hammock I'll be adding in and need to find a little hide or cave and maybe get some smaller foreground plants and floaters!

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WHEW. After having some issues with my driftwood (pretty sure it was rotting and feeding detritus worms, which showed up after I added the moss), I've been doing tank maintenance and cleaning/vacuuming and decided to ditch the driftwood altogether and make sure my parameters stayed stable for several days after that.

BUT! My betta tank officially can be called that now since last night I picked up a fish! Still not 100% certain on his name, but for now I've been calling him Mr. Fish. He was so active in his cup at the store and won me over. He is a "Rose Petal male" according to his cup.

He spent last night at my boyfriend's in his cup since I picked him up that evening, and this morning he floated in his cup in the tank until he was acclimated and has been exploring his new digs for a couple of hours now! I need to get some foreground/midground plants still and am going to pick up a cave or hide for him. Tank lights have been off so he doesn't get stressed!

Introducing, Mr. Fish! Here's some pictures :)
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