Wow, that is quite a difference in Xerxes! I think I prefer it, though. Very pretty. :]
I wouldn't mind if he stayed the same or changed, still love him. I just hope he keeps his yellow and the fins don't turn completely blue.Wow, that is quite a difference in Xerxes! I think I prefer it, though. Very pretty. :]
Thank you! and I understand, Alastor does quite well in the jar. He seemed a bit daunted by the 10g quarantine when he had it to himself, but it was kinda empty (qt tank after all, can't have a ton of stuff that needs sterilized or toss if the unspeakable happens). First bit of time in the jar he was a little skittish, I think because the curved glass distorts everything that gets close. He's gotten use to it though and doesn't back up when I put my finger to the glass now (still won't follow it though). The 2 pieces of driftwood and Indian almond leaf behind them form a loose 'cave' and dark area for him to hide if he wants but he mostly just likes swimming through the gaps (made sure they wre wide enough that he could not get stuck). The driftwood doesn't take up a ton of space but breaks up line of sight across the whole tank so he can swim around/through it to see something at the other side. The pretty moss mass seems to entertain him, I'm not sure if he sees the microcrusations in the tank and is hunting them around the moss, to baby snails before they get big enough for me to see. Either way its amusing to see him above moss with his head pointed almost straight down and a semi flare (fins out but no gill or beard action). I need to trim and replant some of that moss soon. The tank is by the front door, in the living room, and has a view to the kitchen table. So he gets some stimulus from the comings and goings of family members and pets through these areas. My husband and i usually hang out by him while prepping and after eating dinner to watch tv (I've not tried to see if he watches anything yet, he seems more interested in us than the tv when i peek over though). He has no issues with water changes (I usually do 50% once a week, nitrates stay at 10-20ppm mark), and when I add water back in I use a plastic ziplock bag, sometimes it gets submerged a bit and Alastor will swim up into it and look up at me "Are you done yet?" then swim back out and under the wood. But hes not scared and hiding or angrily glass surfing when do water changes.I absolutely love your cookie jar tank. <3 I've seen you post about it around the forum, but I just wanted to ask a few questions:
1.) How does Alastor do in it? I'm not trying to imply anything at all! I'm just curious because I'd like to attempt something similar for my next betta. I know every betta is different, but still... >w>;
2.) What do you use for a lid? I read that you have home-made lids for them.
I have fun with DIY projects usually I have the idea/want for something, describe it to my husband, and he figures out how to make it (if its a common DIY i'll give him info on how others make it but he usually comes up with his own easier/better/cheaper way).Oh wow, thanks so much for that awesome explanation! :3 Also, love the Pidgeot next to the tank. xD
To me, creative tanks like this are just so much more aesthetically pleasing. Plus, it opens up new creative possibilities, and I love to get crafty.
Its fine, i don't think I actually described it here yet. I use to let it grow straight up long ago (in a 20g tank in April) and roots would form at each notch/node. On a lark one day I pushed some of these roots higher up the stem into the substrate, forcing it on its side (roots closest to 'top') and noticed it kept growing along the substrate. As it grew longer, more roots formed and anchored it right into the sand, perpetuating what I'd started.sorry if you've answer this before, but can i ask how you got the hygro sp. 'tiger' to grow sideways like that (on page one)? i really dig that look.
Thank you very much for the kind words! Sadly I look at this tank the most since its on my desk and I just keep wanting to rescape it and try something new ^^''I stumbled onto this thread through your signature, and wow I am so glad I did. All of your bettas and tanks are so beautiful, but I am particularly in love with Xerxes' tank!
Its fine, i don't think I actually described it here yet. I use to let it grow straight up long ago (in a 20g tank in April) and roots would form at each notch/node. On a lark one day I pushed some of these roots higher up the stem into the substrate, forcing it on its side (roots closest to 'top') and noticed it kept growing along the substrate. As it grew longer, more roots formed and anchored it right into the sand, perpetuating what I'd started.
When I set up this tank I simply took the stems with their many roots intact and planted with all roots put into the substrate. I clumped them close together so the stem wasn't so visible and put another plant (hydro sp japan) mixed in with them for contrast, and that's that. They will grow along the substrate until they hid a blockage (tank wall, decor) then grow up again. But its easy to just trim this growth and replant it.
Xerxes loved wiggling his way down under the mass of plant 'carpet' and making a sleeping spot on the substrate (like a dog digging a ditch under a porch/deck to rest in).
If you've not owned hygro before but plan to get it, I'd suggest also buying some form of potassium supplement as they are potassium hogs! If they don't get enough you will see deficiencies in the leaves in the form of small pin holes. I use Seachem Prime and more than recommended; I dose 1 whole extra day and double the recommended dose for this tank. But then I have a lot of hygro. When starting out with just a single bunch of stems normal nosing amount would probably be enough. You can also get orangeish-brown -'red' (in quotes as not really red) patterning on new leaves with medium light but they grow fine in low light too.
That's cool that you have so much ^^ I actually never had a melting issue with tiger but corymbosa and angustifolia were a [censore] for me and lost 3/4 of what I bought when I tried them to melts off >.< but I think it has to do with how different the environment they come from and go into is (those went from high tech/light to low tech) but the few that survived are in my plant dumping tank growing fine now. If you don't notice that your bottom leaves are falling off when it grows straight up (they still are getting enough light) then encouraging them to grow horizontally should work fine.hygros are my favorite. my 5g has angustifolia, polysperma and corymbosa, & i've owned pinnatifida, difformis and stricta/kompact. i think 'bold,' 'tiger,' and 'blue' are the only commonly found ones that i haven't owned. might have to try the horizontal method if i ever get my hands on them. do you have/have you ever had a problem with the stems rotting while growing them horiziontally? i think that'd be my biggest concern.
i'd be interested! i already have snails and i'm sure my amanos would take care of algae. and temperatures out here aren't so low that plants would be compromised during shipping yet. so if you would shoot me a PM, that would be grand!I think I have some leftover tigers tossed in my plant dumping tank. It has no heater but medium light and daily ferts, it has the possibility of snails or minor alage in there though. If you're interested I'll fish it out and take a photo and pm you about selling it for cheap if I have enough to warrant selling. But I have no insulation so I cannot offer any DOA guarentee (if you don't want to buy because of that I understand).
Ok pm with photos sent ^^i'd be interested! i already have snails and i'm sure my amanos would take care of algae. and temperatures out here aren't so low that plants would be compromised during shipping yet. so if you would shoot me a PM, that would be grand!
Thank you! Decided I really loved this photo I took of my nerite in the bubble bowl from a couple months ago. My other avatar image was a crop photo of my powder blue dwarf goirami that passed of old age back in April. Love that one too but this one has more shine ^^Love the new icon, AA!
I think I agree. :3 And zebra nerites are just so cute anyway. <3Thank you! Decided I really loved this photo I took of my nerite in the bubble bowl from a couple months ago. My other avatar image was a crop photo of my powder blue dwarf goirami that passed of old age back in April. Love that one too but this one has more shine ^^