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post #31 of 41 (permalink) Old 07-18-2019, 09:09 AM
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Wow, you're very lucky to get plants at those prices around you. The closest aquarium plant seller other than big box stores near me is 45 minutes away and their plants are atrocious. I live in rural GA, though. The ones I bought on eBay shipped free, so I only spent ten dollars. Haven't gotten them yet, they should be in tomorrow, but as long as they're not dead I'll probably be happy. I get most of my plants from aquarium plant factory, but I will buy on eBay if I see a good deal. Myself and my friends are usually on tight budgets, so I'm in the habit of passing on a deal I find, but it sounds like you have access to better. Not envious at all 👀

I'm definitely the opposite, I like high quantity easy to care for plants in my aquariums. I want a bunch of plants, that I can just stuff in my tanks and call it a day. 😂 As you've seen, I'm no aquascaper.

$60 doesn't surprise me at all, I've spoken to people in the hobby who have spent well over $100 on a rare plant they wanted. Compared to reefers, the freshwater hobby is very affordable if the rarer plants are usually under a buck. If I ever get to the point I can afford nicer set ups though, you bet your butt I'm gonna have some high falutin, sand waterfall, carpet planted, Cambodian purple dwellin, C02 supported, rare wild betta custom tank smack dab in my living room. I'm only late 20's now with a child and a college savings to fund, so don't look forward to that post anytime soon. 🤣

I really wish I had the patience to do nicer budget set ups, which I know is possible, and I'm starting to make the effort to try. But I enjoy my top fin tanks okay, and my wholesale plants. Maybe if I spend enough time on here, the nicer planted tanks will start to rub off on me.
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Ahhhh the kind of tanks and the type of plants really don't matter. All of my 5.5 gal tanks are Top Fin. When I bought them at Petsmart last year I bought 10 at a time and the 10 gal. setups I have are also Top Fin. bought at Petsmart $1.00 per gallon sale. The 5.5 are all starter kit setups. that have been added on to in almost everything from filters to heaters. $27.00 each. You add on as you can but your basics are there. Well except for the heater.

When Your starting out it's not about having the very best, or the most expensive. It's what works and is reliable to get you started. The same in plants. In time when your sitting there looking over your tank and saying to your self, Gee I think this plant would look nice trimmed, and this plant over here. Or I need to get rid of this crud and start over. (Been there done that. And still do that too.) So don't think your the only one. As you can afford to add on or get better plants, You will and you have gained the experience you need to improve. It's called, WHAT WE STRIVE FOR. The perfection of the trade. and the beauty we see in what we do.
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I always miss the dollar per gallon sales, but I just picked up the 5.5 fluval knock off tank they have on sale for $35, and it's pretty decent. The only downside is I cannot adjust the filter flow. I have matala mat shoved up in it right now to try and weaken it. Anyway, I've hijacked another one of your threads. Sorry about that, and once again, really liking your new set up! Looking forward to the finished look 🙂
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No worries on the hijacking. Glad some take a look. As for this tank I'm waiting on finding some moss for the foreground. and also the new resident. As soon as I get word he can e shipped. which I hope is soon. Although it seems like the breeder has fallen off the face of the earth. I haven't heard from her in a couple of weeks. I'm starting to get the feeling the little guy won't ship. I'll give it another week to hear and then I'll be looking for another source.
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Oh no, hope you're able to get the guy you picked out. It's a bummer to have your heart set on one and not be able to have him.
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Oh no, hope you're able to get the guy you picked out. It's a bummer to have your heart set on one and not be able to have him.
Thanks It is some what disheartening, but I have a tank set up and need to get a tenet in so the rent will not have to be raised. LOL I'm still in contact with the breeder (although I haven't received a response for a few days. (could be she is on vacation, or very busy with family matters. I'll give her another week and then make up my mind. If she still can ship after that date, well that just means I need to set up another tank. ( wow so much stress. LOL) Any way I don't give up that easy. and I can't see anything wrong with having to create another tank. ( the more is better idea.)
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Lol the horror!
Do you keep your tanks wherever you please or contained to a fish room?
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Well if you ask my wife they are confined to my office for now. I have been know to take up any available space in the house, But since we bought this house I have a full basement divided into 5 nice size rooms. I claimed the basement and my wife fully agrees. However there will always be three 5.5 gal tanks in the office and around my desk.
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OD love the setups. I'm curious how the rocks work are any rocks okay to use? I'm having a battle with algae- using a Nicrew stick light 13watt. Yesterday i picked up ivory mystery snail and 6 ghost shrimp which I've never had good luck with but everyones happy . I just have get the light and plants going in the 10g so I can add fish. I want to get some more shrimp from aquatic arts but wasn't sure bout care and needs.
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Not just any rock will do. If your adding rocks from local sources, (creeks, rivers, garden, ) I would do the vinegar test to see if they are suitable. Place the rocks in a tub (wash tub or such) clean the rocks really well and scrub them with a vegetable brush to remove all the dirt. using an eye dropper or even just pouring a little vinegar on them will do. If the rocks start to bubble, you will want to remove these rocks as they are not safe for your tank. Any that do not bubble I boil in clean water for about 1/2 hour. leave them cool and than place them in your tank.

Your battle with algae in a new tank is nothing new. It happens in new tanks. Is there any other light source near the tank , like a window? If there is then you ay want to move the tank from direct sunlight, or you could put a piece of black paper on the side where the algae is most prevalent. Adding snails and a clean up crew is a very good Idea. I would add at least 3 mystery snails toa 10 gallon tank and with shrimp I would add no less than 15 and make sure this tank is heavily planted with a lot of hides close to the substrate that the shrimp can hide. I would also make sure that your betta doesn't like shrimp snacks. This being said DO NOT add shrimp or snails to this tank until it has matured at least a month after the cycle ends. You can always do a fish in cycle for your tanks and when the cycle ends add fish very slowly until the filter can catch up with the bio load.
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