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02-28-2019 06:15 PM
Twist Your tanks are all so gorgeous and lush! Talk about inspiration!
02-28-2019 04:49 PM
Aqua Aurora 2/19/19]
8g bubble bowl

he does not hold still for a good photo! Need to thin out the floating plants they're really blocking the anubias for light now.

7g cube
Willow is very curious and likes to flare at me now (no beard-just gills pushed out) still so tiny, have to be careful not to over feed her after feeding the big giant Titan.

10g half moon
Went to teh smae store we got Willow and Titan from, husband picked out a black and white dragonscale plakat boy. He was very darty at first but has settled in and expores his tank all day or watched my husband work. He's named Smokey. Ignore the colors in his white scales-finnex stingray has some strong red/blue leds that does that. I tossed some pothos n'joy on the tank with a 13watt 6500k cfl bulb and its sucking up the ammonia so all nitrogen params are reading 0.

6g vivarium
Moved some other emersed aquatic plants in and ripped out most of the hydro japan (clover). Now has African water fern in right back corner, and anubias gigantea tissue culture (supposedly... kinda looks like it was anubias golden (mark on package was in between these 2 on the list)

I know my plants will absorb a lot of the ammonia, but I still can't believe I have enough bb formed to deal with the nitrites already! This photo is from yesterday: 0 ammonia and nitrite. I thought I'd forgotten to dose ammonia so did a 1 ppm dose and tested again today-same results. and nitrates are 40-80 from 2 days of dosing. So I think I'm ready for fish!! If only it wasn't below 30F out x.x

Hadn't planned on adding this plant, but husband spotted a really nice healthy BIG anthurium when we were out so I booted my extra peace lily 'domino' to take the corner caddie. Did a potassium permagnimate(pp) dip after rinsing roots. Turns out its 2 huge plants (thought i'd be over 5 smaller ones.

I love using pp for getting rid of pests-usualy do a strong dose dark purple to almost black and put plants in 5 minutes, or 10 if they are too big and stick out pho the water (like these did) and just rotate half way through. You can get it on e-bay easily enough, but wear gloves and cloths you do't care about staining! This is what happens when you handle wet powder (stains for several day):

Anyways have a full tank shot (fts) and some close ups.

And from above

Looking at the photos I realize 1 of the t5 bulbs finally burnt out 9it was an old one) so gotta replace that.

I put the extra peace lily domino up for sale. I also have 2 decent portions of pothos n'joy, and can add wired shower caddies and clay media. You can find my thread in the "for sale" section, or pm me if you'd like to buy any of these.

Currently the 'domino' is in a pot with water and clay media in the bay windowsill. The pothos is on the tank until sold-pothos photos show it in same type of caddie as close up in photo to its left.

75g Riparium

Not much going on-tank still cycled, dosing ammonia every day, water change every 3rd day. Dose liquid ferts maybe once a week. Pothos is taking off and everything is getting roots. I put crushed coral in nylon stockings to raise kh for the future livestock. Not shown in photo but my anacharis is pearling pretty much constantly during lights on.

Soooo I was bad and went to a website that had some tanks I really like at half price... the MTS (mutli tank syndrome) took over and I bought 2 new tanks.. Took about 2 weeks to get plants.
6g bookshelf tank
Set up a new dirted tank with black diamond cap more details/photos to come. Hopefully everything survives (all new plants).

5g curved corner
An aquatop nanopionics I only used the tank-still have filter/grow tray/substrate/underwater light if anyone would like that?- higher light plants more direct sun from the glass panes in the front door. Wil ahve to see what survives.

Originally Posted by Lunatic View Post
I cannot believe that I have been here all this time and have not seen your thread! I am loving each and every one of your lovely tanks and bettas, they are all so unique and filled with wonderful color! Oh how beautiful those jars and vases are, secretly some of my favorite tanks are vases, mostly because they are oddly shaped from the rectangular tanks I am used to.

I wish I could grow live plants like that, they are beautiful!

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I love the curved tanks too ^^
Live plants do take a little work but some are easier to grow than others.
They're well worth it IMO. If you want I can go over some basic points for keeping aquatic plants.
02-23-2019 07:20 AM
Lunatic I cannot believe that I have been here all this time and have not seen your thread! I am loving each and every one of your lovely tanks and bettas, they are all so unique and filled with wonderful color! Oh how beautiful those jars and vases are, secretly some of my favorite tanks are vases, mostly because they are oddly shaped from the rectangular tanks I am used to.

I wish I could grow live plants like that, they are beautiful!

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02-11-2019 02:36 PM
Aqua Aurora Post removed with agreement from the post owner.
02-10-2019 03:50 PM
Aqua Aurora [2/9/19]

7g cube

Just a quick shot after a water change-oxygen filed salvinia roots, and Willow.

10g half moon
Excuse me while I vent.

UUUUUUGGGGGHHHHH not a good day for this tank. I'd ordered plants-new riccia and anubias. Riccia came completely covered in duckweed (even after asking the seller specifically if it had duckweed before ordering!) so I get to toss that out..

And the large anubias I ordered is missing! Last update in a few days is "In Transit to Next Facility" (this is 2-3 day priority mail.. it should [censor]ing be here!) and with the cold I'm expecting a dead plant to arrive so yeh... not happy...

How am I getting this much nitrite in just 1 week? I haven't been able to watch a fishless cycle in a while (tiny particulates in water from water treatment plant being under construction made nitrogen testing impossible for a year+) but I don't recall nitrite showing up this fast and already at 1 ppm.. ammonia at 0 in 48 hours (was 1/2 he dose after 24 hours).

If I hadn't treated all the plants with potassium permagnimate(PP) I'd assume it came from my 'domino' that had roots in water before but PP kills beneficial bacteria so that's out. Everything in tank is new so how's the nitrosomonas bacteria showing up this fast?

Did a 50% water change, dosed ammonia and plant ferts. Also tossed in some water sprite and anacharis for added floating plant cover. Hopefully will get guppy grass and hornwort when I get my endlers for more places for fry to hide and deter jumping. Post w/c photos:

If all the floating aquatic plants survive, once they start overgrowing I'll take some and set up a dirted tank in the windowsill to see how they do. Yes the MTS bug bites again!
02-08-2019 04:37 PM
Aqua Aurora [2/8/19]
[10g half moon

V passed this past weekend. Found her Monday, gutted and cleaned the tank, removed all the riccia, took out the silicone anemone, re-tied down some loos marimo and ripped open a few balls to put on a rock that spent too much time out of the water and original marimo dried and died off. I had a diy sponge cover on the sponge filter I switched out for a proepr sponge filter-will do a fish in cycle with Prime..

Ordered some new riccia and a large anubias that should be her tomorrow I'll put in the tank and upgrade the light to something a little brighter (currently on stock light), probably a 9wat cfl 6500k in a clamp lamp above the tank (like my 8g jumbo bubble bowl and 7g cube).

After plant come in if they are ok we'll start stalking lfs for a betta that catches my husband's eye. He's told me he doesn't have any preferences on color/fin type/etc more interested in taking someone that is clearly been there too long and needs help (likely to die to try to revive). If we grab anything with fungus/fin rot/etc I'll set up a temp qt until its treated and healed.

Don't worry there is a heater in there, curved glass kinda hides it and the filter... Looking at the photo i need to wire tie those wires to make the back of the tank more appealing.

12g long

I'm at 0/0/0 ammonia/nitrite/nitrate! I shouldn't be surprised since its just shrimp but I always had a ton of Malaysian trumpet snails and other 'pests' snails so not use to yellow liquid for a nitrate test. Have to increase my liquid fert dosing (has nitrates in it). If they didn't cost so much I'd buy some more shrimp but I don't feel like spending $100+ on shrimp and shipping again.

[75g riparium]
I couldn't resist and had to set up a riparium again! Photos from before setup:
two large sponge filters

Pump from 75g that housed tilapia until recent (those little [censor]s broke the tank!)

The smaller shadow caddie in front is the 'large' one I used on my 55g.. the new ones are even bigger! sorry blurry photo, one dog sniffing the caddies, another is pushing me for attention off camera >.<

Coated wire to hang caddies, bought 2 rolls (100ft total) which is good because I used about 60 feet for this (double stranded them and added extra to the larger caddies). Suction cups suck [censor] so much now just putting caddies in tank (nothing in caddie) they fell off! I mean.. really?!

And time to make them black (ignore the pipe behind-for the 55g vivarium project)

Heater from amazon which I really want to flip out on whoever packed.. WHERES MY PADDING?! this is a GLASS heater bouncing lose in a box ugh!!!

After caddies got spray painted black husband cut extra slots in the large ones, sorry no photos.. dangerous process.. but here they are on the tank

The day I finally put plants in I dipped them all in potassium permanganate, I do a stronger bath than most and deep purple to almost black (most keep it pink/light purple) for 5 minutes or so then thoroughly rinse. Had to thoroughly rinse roots clean for most of the plants (peace lily 'domino' was the only one with roots already adapted to water). No photos during this porcess but when putting plants on the tank i realized I went overboard buying pothos njoy.. thats a 22"x16" tub

And Finally done!

Pothos Njoy (thought I may be 'Glacier', or 'Pearls and Jade' ??)
Pothos Golden
Pothos Neon
Potho Marble Queen (tiny piece)
Spathiphyllum 'Domino'
Spathiphyllum x 'Wallisii' (dwarf variety)
Spathiphyllumunknonw variety
Neanthe Bella Palm
Water sprite (just added not in photo)
None yet, plan to get endlers
2x sponge filters
whisper 150
airline tubing
ehiem jagar 200 watt (supposedly handles 76f-106g)
shower caddies: 3 corner, 1 jumbo, 4 large, and 5 or 6 small

(not added yet) black diamond 20-40 grit

(not added yet) may sue some river rocks, unsure..

Tank has had plants on it for 6 days. Dosed Ammonia and some ferts first night. After some small water cahnges to get debris off the bottom I re-dosed ammonia yesterday -1ppm- and its at 0.5 ppm today! So I may be bad and not wait the 2 moths for a cycle and just get fish once its consuming ammonia within hours of adding it. Will start with small stock so there's not too much ammonia and let them breed and fill the tank.

Will get better photos as plants establish.

Photo from 3 days after putting them into the tank-pothos root already growing to adapt to water! Should take new photos to show more root growth..

And I wanted to show this 100% white pothos leaf! Its not a dead leaf! Sadly knocked that and a few otehr leaves off when cleaning x.x

Oh and I wanted to share this-its a leaf from the unknown peace lily that's just lovely but different (rest are solid green) a few days later a spathe grew from this leaf (but the leaf is not the spathe!)


This is not my first riparian, I had a 55g going for a while before taking it down to use the lights for aquaponics. I wish I hadn't given up my plants... But starting again!
Link to the old tank thread-sorry the photos are all gone thanks to photobucket...[click]

Old photos from the now dismantled 55g:
02-07-2019 10:22 AM
Aqua Aurora Got a pm asking about Titan's 8g jumbo bubble bowl tank. Thought I'd share the info here too in case anyone else is interested.

Originally Posted by Animals15
Hi, I saw your journal and it is great to see a journal that has been going for as long as yours! I used to have another account years ago and I remember seeing you post quite often. :)

All of your Bettas are lovely (both past and present)!

I did not read all of your entries , so you may have mentioned this before, but where did you get the 7+ gallon bowls? I keep my three Bettas in a divided 29 gallon aquarium ( It is around 9 gallons per section) and sadly will not be setting up another habitat anytime soon, but it will be good to know for the future.

I have a few questions about the bowls that I hope you do not mind me asking. :)

Is adding heaters harder in these bowls? Is the view distorted at all? What is the length (back and forth swimming space) width and height ?

How much do these cost?

Thank you and have a great day! :D
Thank you!
Its fine I wouldn't except you to dig through 100 pages to find the answers.
The exact listing I bought is no longer available on amazon (original bought with prime so i could return if it arrived broken) I spent somewhere between $60-80. This is the closest I can find to it (actually slightly larger! and more expensive x.x at a little over $100)
something similar on ebay used:

Oh here we go found what I have on ebay-bowl is cheap, shipping is not, total $120 (I swear these were cheaper a few years ago, I've never have spent $100 or more on a tank)

and another site with the one I have (I have not bought from here)

Dimension: High-14", Opening Diameter-8.75", Body Diameter-16" at widest (back and forth swim space/width), 8 gallons

Heater: I use hygro theo 50 wat heater is compact as so I can get the suction cup to hold it on the glass. Longer heaters like eheim jagar would be an issue.

Distortion: there is distortion, mostly at the 'corners' (what ever is the farthest sides of the bowl from your current view.. if that makes scene). Basically if you scape/decorate set up the bowl and think about what angle you're going to see it from and try to scape/decorate from the center outward, expecting to loose detail at the far left/right 'sides' from your view. But if its set up say on a table with a 360 degree view aside from the heater showing that'd be pretty cool!
If you've not owned a curved glass bowl/vase betta tank yet you may want to look at more photos or youtube videos to get an idea of the distortion. Not everyone likes it-I do.

I've kept 2 (not at the same time!!) half giants aka petco 'king' bettas in this tank with driftwood, they still had plenty of roaming space and look small in there ^^

Added info to this post:
I originally got this after seeing photos or maybe a youtube video of someone with the same bowl and an ehiem canister filter, was densely planted and I think had a ram cichlid + some other small fish.
02-06-2019 04:57 PM
Aqua Aurora
Originally Posted by bluesamphire View Post
Magnus and Aristocoles take my breath away.
Thank you, they were very stunning fish!
02-06-2019 04:40 PM
Aqua Aurora And photo dump of favorite aquarium shots from 2014-mid 2016 (some are same tank rescaped over time)

02-06-2019 04:39 PM
bluesamphire Magnus and Aristocoles take my breath away.
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