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04-05-2012 04:07 AM
AquaStudent Thanks Jingle. He is a pretty one.

I just uploaded a new video showing all the stuff I received from Gordon. He's a great seller and really gives you more than what you paid for.
04-04-2012 09:53 PM
jingleberry Beautiful Bettas.
04-04-2012 09:41 PM
AquaStudent I took a few photos today and thought I'd share them.

Cropped Version (New Profile Pic?)

Original of Above (should have cleaned my side glass)

FTS of 5g: Betta Surfing in Filter Current

Butt Shot

Strange Shadow
03-30-2012 05:44 AM
AquaStudent I wanted to give a time lapse video a shot and here's the result.

It's not great but has definitely taught me a lot.

Next time I would like to find an angle that doesn't have so much reflection, lower the lighting and take a longer exposure (blur motion as well), find a way to cover up the scratch/turn around my tank, and do some more tinkering in a video editing software so I can use my intro and fade the music.

It took 3 hours to render the video...ridiculous!
03-17-2012 03:50 AM
ENAL5 Nice job! Congratulations!
03-16-2012 05:41 PM
AquaStudent I've got some great news! We won the LED contest so I'm going to work on designing a new fixture for this tank. I'm very very very excited!

Here's a video about the contest, updates on the 5 and 10 gallon tanks, and some photos of my trip to Italy. I hope you enjoy!

Video from March 16, 2012
02-21-2012 08:31 PM
AquaStudent I've entered in's video competition. Please "like" my video on youtube so I can get $100 in LEDs and have a new project to work on.

I'd really like to see how LEDs can add to the planted hobby.

^Like Please
02-12-2012 08:10 PM
AquaStudent we can hope. The males seem to be for it. The females are the ones I'm having trouble with. They show interest and the physical features but then they just hide in the corner. Oh well we will see.

Here are photos as promised (even if they are a few days overdue)

Right now the tank is in hyper grow mode. I've got two 13w 6500k CFL above the tank and I'm blasting it with c02. The carpet has really grown in a lot. There's a few spots of some BGA.

FTS: Lots of CO2 Bubbles and a poorly placed magfloat

Carpet Shot, you can also see the new leaf on the anubias

Algae shot. Any suggestions on the best way to kill it? 72 hour blackout?

Algae and Carpet

02-12-2012 05:56 PM
Robotponys Awesome! I want some babies! I hope he is young enough for breeding...
02-10-2012 02:33 PM
AquaStudent Thanks I'll upload pictures this afternoon but I can give you a quick "textual" update.

Right now I don't have any fauna in the tank. I've got the betta in the breeding setups (I need to find a new female...I'm debating on whether or not to pay $4 at the nearest walmart...I did see one that was ready to go though so idk). I'm blasting the c02 and put an additional 13w 6500k CFL above the tank. The carpet has exploded with growth but also I've started getting some what I believe is BGA growth. I can photograph everything this afternoon and show you guys.

I don't think it was the ghost shrimp although it very easily could have been. I never noticed any aggression from the ghosts. It was more likely because I only had two scarlets in the tank so that one bullied the other.

Thanks for getting me rolling again on the updates. I don't want this thread to fall into the dark abyss of lost threads
02-10-2012 12:41 AM
Robotponys UPDATE! I LOVE this tank so much! I especially love your bettas, why don't my LFS's get anything like that. Oh, and about the ghost shrimp I know they're all dead but do not get them again since there is another species that will eat the other ghost shrimp and also any fish it can catch. It is possible that is what happened to the scarlet badis. The evil species apparently looks pretty much exactly the same. Just in case.
01-19-2012 03:51 PM

Ailani is Polynesian for Chief.
01-19-2012 03:32 PM
AquaStudent I finally got the DIY LED Volcano circuit working and placed it into the tank. It looks awesome. You can see it in my newest installment on youtube (also linked below).

On a more disappointing note my betta has ich. I started him on the heat and salt method yesterday. Hopefully I caught the parasite early enough that I'll be able to "eradicate the infestation" in about a week. I hate keeping the temp so high and using salt. The plants just don't like it one bit.

I am also considering picking up an empty 10g from the LFS and trying my hand at betta breeding. What do y'all think?

01-12-2012 12:31 AM
AquaStudent Here are some Pics

The betta still doesn't have a name Any suggestions?

I have an idea about a project involving the bubbler that's just randomly floating in the tank. It will be scaped into the tank once I have the rest of the project completed.


This is the most recent rock that'll be used in the formation of the volcano. I'll go in and mess around with the actual landscape once I have the circuit built.

The star of the tank! I still haven't come up with a name for him.

Side angle view with the betta.

01-08-2012 05:07 PM
orchidman I liked patriot like you said. Or jimbob. Or marvin. Idk haha just spitting random names out there. Chuck Norris the betts would be classy.
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