So, months ago I was at a major chain pet store with my two boys (aged 6 and 7) picking up dog food. We were on our way up to the register when the plastic Betta cups caught my eye. We had done Koi in the outdoor pond and I had heard Betta liked to eat algae growth off roots and of course the pretty fins...well, we got one. I was told any old vase or "goldfish bowl" would do.
I ended up sticking the poor guy in a vase with ivy house plant cuttings (don't throw things, I promise I learned fast!!) in my kitchen. The water mucked up quickly, so I got him his own bowl (typical goldfish bowl...yeah...I fell for it). When I noticed the bubbles staying in the top of the water we went and got a 1.1G Betta Kit. Betta "kit" indeed. One halogen bulb, acrylic constructed tank, a three month supply of food, a mini QuietFlow, and enough water conditioner to treat a 35 Gal tank!! Ok, so it's filtered...kinda. It's got a hot enough bulb to not get cold. It looks
big enough for one fish that doesn't do much. Total waste of money and HUGELY scary environment for anything to live in!!
Now we get around to this tank journal. We got majorly addicted to tank keeping and somehow, in this one weekend, ended up with:
(4) 55 Gallon
(1) 35 Gallon
(3) AquaClear Filters (50, 70, 300) 70 and 300 are apparently the same
(3) bubble bars
(4) bubble stones
pounds of substrate
(7) mix&match liquid test kits(& some strip tests that were promptly trashed)
several large tank decorations (rocks etc)
(2) 55 Gal adjustable tank heaters
an AMAZING cleaning tool that I don't know what it's called, but it has the syphon connected to the kitchen sink and forces flow in and out...omg saved my life cleaning the 55!!
Back on track, so the locally owned fish store needs plants in a bad way and so do I...so i'm planting everything heavily and doing starts soon. This is the first shot of the tank. Easy on the criticism, I am cycling some decor and equipment for my kids' tank, so I realize it is crowded and clumsy....this is not by design, it will be landscaped with all-natural decor and live plants. I have some plants on the way, but i'm always happy to figure something out for more selection. So, here is day #1 of my first 55 Gallon
The stand was whipped out today at the boyfriends shop. It took us about two hours to get just this basic framework done, final shots will be posted as progress shots as well. The stand will be fitted with a custom built sump and already has a surge protector mounted. I just picked out the material for the cover for the frame and I can't wait to show you guys!!
Cycling has begun with Prime and Aquarium plant food and a sprinkle of fish food. Good numbers so far, will test in the morning to see what all this equipment does, hopefully my extra plants arrive fast...someone told me plants do miracles for cycling these big tanks