|Topic Review (Newest First)|
|09-08-2008 12:28 PM|
Wow - your hard work and research has really paid off! Lovely tank.
(I can remember you starting over from posts on a different forum.)
|09-01-2008 05:09 AM|
Originally Posted by hungtran10 View Post
|08-31-2008 08:13 PM|
|Tex Gal||Lush tank! Great hairgrass! Wonderful girls!|
|08-31-2008 07:47 PM|
Are you planning on adding more fish species or inverts?
|08-28-2008 12:10 AM|
Originally Posted by hungtran10 View Post
As for the fish, they are all female bettas. Males shouldn't be kept with other males or females (except when breeding) as they are very aggressive towards others of their species. The girls are pretty fiesty too and it takes some effort to get a 'sorority' betta tank up and running. Having lots of plants and hiding places along with a fair number of them (6+) helps diffuse tensions and prevents them from fighting (Except for the occasional nipped fins).
|08-28-2008 12:06 AM|
Originally Posted by markopolo View Post
I would highly recommend the S3 IS, I own the S1 IS which is nice but lacks in the ability to take good macro pictures. If you'd like to take some good pics and get into photography but cant yet justify the cost of full fledged DSLRs then it is a great camera to try. Also, I wouldn't get the S5 IS and would stick to the S3. The S5 went up in megapixels without really using a larger CCD sensor which results at more noise at similar ISO levels as compared to the S3.
I hope that helps. I'm no expert at photography although I like messing with my camera and try to take nicely composed photographs
|08-27-2008 08:24 PM|
Your tank looks amazing. It really filled out well. The java ferns really adds to the height of the tank. I really should have done the emerge method to fill out the middle and foreground in the beginning like you did. I saw the article on Tom Barrs website but I was too impatient and wanted to get things planted and filled ASAP. Hahahaha.
Your fish tank shots looks great btw. Do you have a male betta in the tank and if so do you plan on trying to breed them? I have one male betta but he is very timid which I find odd. He tends to hide most of the time in the plants at the bottom of the tank.
Can't wait to see more updates soon.
|08-27-2008 05:44 PM|
|markopolo||Not only is your tank incredible, but your photography is as well. Im amazed that you can get such great pictures of your fish!! what type of camera do you use and what settings because i want one!!!|
|08-27-2008 08:14 AM|
Well you guys convinced me to quit being lazy and take some pics . Here is a FTS along with a couple of macros of my betta girls. As you can see, the Java fern has been doing really well as has the anubias. The stems are growing, but pretty slowly and the background still looks quite messy. I'm still focussing on propagating the stems till I have more. Then I'll go ahead and try to scape with them.
|08-26-2008 10:47 PM|
Gorgeous tank. It's amazing it's your first one. This is pretty inspiring, as I'm just getting started with a 10 gallon.
Looking forward to the updates.
|08-26-2008 06:38 PM|
|orion2001||The current 10watt bulbs are screw-in U shaped bulbs although I had been using spiral bulbs previously (15watt and 20 watts during emersed growth). I might actually switch these 10watt bulbs to spirals since I don't like the 5100K color temp on my current bulbs. I'd prefer going to 6500K.|
|08-26-2008 04:49 PM|
Sounds like all is well with the tank, glad to hear the plants and betta girls are doing well despite the double move!
Can't wait to see updated pics
|08-26-2008 10:40 AM|
Very nice tank!
I love the low tech methods.
Are the 10w bulbs your using now spiral(pigtail) or tube shaped or U-shaped?
|08-26-2008 08:52 AM|
Thanks for all the compliments and comments guys. Sorry for not replying earlier, grad school has been killing me these last couple of months!
Will, I do agree that the bettas do throw the scale off, but as much as I love planted tanks and aquascaping, my betta girls come first =). This tank was specifically made for them and I made sure to give them tonnes of hiding places and nooks and crannies to explore and they seem to be really happy in here.
@Sticky230: Yep, the cheapo hoods with spiral CFLs work quite well for small tanks. One thing I will say though is that the lights don't seem to penetrate down to the substrate very well so they aren't well suited for 'high' types of tanks which would probably benefit from T5s.
As for updates regarding the tank, I've moved it again to my final new place (I had to move it to a friends place for 2 weeks while I was in between leases). I'm relieved that the tank is still in one piece and the fish and plants are doing great. I have completely backed off with the Excel dosing and have now converted the tank into a complete low-tech tank which won't be having any water changes. The plants are still doing well although growth is a lot slower.
The anubias and java ferns are sending out quite a few leaves and the rotalas and bacopa are growing very slowly but steadily. I had some issues with GSA growing on some of the unshaded Anubias and Java ferns. I fixed the problem for the most part by switching my lighting down to 2x10Watts of CFL. I'll post updated pics soon.
|08-07-2008 04:10 AM|
|will5||I love the look of your tank great job. I do think the the betta's throw of the scale of your tank though. Not that I would remove them now.|
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