You say the tank has been up and running for 5 days now but also some of the pictures have the betta in there. 5 days is really too short to have a fully cycled tank without swapping filters from established tanks. Are you measuring your water parameters?
Like the tank. Not sure about the rock placement. It looks to man made to me. Maybe try placing them randomly and using the larger one maybe in the corner to try and make your ledge. Or stack them to form a mountain of sorts into the corner with you sand climbing with the rocks.
Hi, thanks for the feedback.
I should have mentioned that my betta previously lived in a 2.5g Marineland tank prior to my purchase of the Mr. Aqua. (The 2.5g tank died during a fatal "de-rimming" accident
My filter, which was running on that tank, was swapped directly into the Mr. Aqua tank. Admittedly, it was a little hasty, however my water parameters were okay at the time of my betta's arrival. Nitrates and Nitrites read 0 ppm, and ammonia looked to be slightly higher than 0 ppm, though below the next testing threshold (0.25 ppm). He has been thriving in the tank since his "release".
He also eats a TON, which is why I named him "Pig". I just tested the water again, and the Nitrates/Nitrites still read the same at 0 ppm, but the ammonia looks to have increased to ~0.25 ppm. Hopefully Pig will be okay, because I had no other place to put him after his old home shattered.
Also, I do agree that the rock formation does look very man made. I am appreciative for your constructive criticism, though. This being my first attempt at aquascaping, I am still a noob when it comes to establishing a focal point/where to draw the viewer's eye, etc. I like the mountain idea, but did not have enough/the right kind of rocks to make it work how I envisioned it. Only an excuse to go out and buy more/find more rocks, though!!
Nice job! Love the Mr Aqua tank and the betta! Are you planning co2?
Thank you very much!! The betta was a Petsmart "rescue" and I am SUPER thrilled with the tank itself. After lurking this forum for a while, I fell in love with rimless tanks
Currently I dose Flourish Excel, as I've read that DIY CO2 is too unstable for so small a tank, and I haven't yet committed to a larger setup. I do have a 60 gallon (unplanted) tank that will probably receive CO2 + lighting upgrade (and then, plants!!) before I commit to CO2 in the 3 gallon, though.
Hopefully the Excel will be sufficient for now!!