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Talking Chronicles of Aqua Aurora's Multi Tank Syndrome

Greetings all and welcome to my betta journal where I'll keep track of the several different fish and planted tanks I have active. I've found betta are like potato chips, you can't have just one! Starting this journal off with 3 betta boys and their tanks, may add more later, certainly hope not to be removing any though. There are a few other non betta tanks I may toss up photos and updates for occasionally. At the time of opening this I have *has to visualizes each to to count* 6 active tanks (3 are betta inhabited), 1 quarantine tank, 1 'plant dumping' tank, 1 0.5 planted vase, and some unused small containers (most likely for plants and snails then fish).

XERXES
So first lets have some introductions, this is Xerxes, he's a mustard gas plakat male bought from aquabid from a Taiwanese breeder (he's changed a lot from the auction photo). He's a very active boy that likes to swim around the tank all day, he's very food greedy and has no problem jumping up to nab food off my finger if I take too long getting it unstuck from said finger. He gets incredibly grumpy when I'm late to feed him lunch and dinner, especially when its feeding time and I have a camera/phone camera in my hands. He does not like to be photogenic or be in photos... unless she's photo-bombing. He likes to burrow down under my thick plant carpet and rest on the substrate (like a dog who dis a ditch under a porch to sleep in).
(seller photo)



(more recent photos)




His tank mates currently include: 2 otos (unnamed) and unknown #s of Malaysian trumpets, ramshorns, and pond snails (he eats the little ones usually only see medium to big mts)



Ok so you've met the gang, lets go over some details about their lil' home
Tank: 7.1g AquaTop low iron cube 11.8 x 11.8 x 11.8
Start-up Date: fishless cycling started mid March, fish/plants added May 15th
Filter: Eheim classic 2211 canister filter WITH spray bar aimed at wall its suction cupped to
Heater: Eheim Jagar 50watt heater in a DIY pvc inline heater connected to canister filter outflow
Light: 13 watt 6500kelvin cfl bulb in clamp on work lamp hung from chain about 20" above substrate
Substrate: Black Diamond blasting 'sand' it's cheap and awesome stuff GET IT!
Hardscape/Decor: Currently none but will be adding a nice rock... eventually

Water Parameters:
pH: 7.5
GH & KH: 70s & 160s ppm (hard water)
Temp: 78F
Ammonia/Nitrite: 0 ppm
Nitrate:10-20 ppm

Plant list: (at time of this journal start up)
Salvia minimia
Hygro sp tiger
Hydro sp japan
Rotala Rotundifolia

Tank Placement: On my desk to right of the computer monitor near the door
Plant Supplements: Seachem liquid: Excel, Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron, and Flourish
Other Things: 1 Thermometer, 1 Indian Almond Leaf, cut foam cover over filter intake, DIY Lexan lid

And we'll end the first post with a recent frontal tank shot as I view it from my seat at the desk.. I really need to re-scape and trim plants soon!


[Started updating my Journal again, view here]
Due to photobuckets bs cost for use of images on forums I have deleted all photobucket accounts. I apologize if you enjoyed or found my old photos helpful.
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