I'm sorry!! I was being dragged out the door as I was typing the end of that.
Me and my sister's birthdays are two days apart. So my family lumps us together and celebrates our birthdays together in that two day time period.
Shes the 25th and I'm the 27th.
We were having birthday dinner and presents and I was slowing them down with my "Damn fish crap!!".
I just got home.
Heres the pictures as promised
The first one is the box. This thing is covered in writing about how awesome and sleek and amazing it is. And how amazing and perfect it is for a betta.
The second picture it out of the box and on its side after a quick rinse.
Ignore my tacky yellow counters. They came with house and are being replaced this spring. Unless I go with that french theme I was considering.
I think they would be perfect for that...
Any how... In that second picture you can see the white "pedestal" thats on the bottom. It raises it about a centimeter off the counter. The pedestal isnt exact in the center. But not enough to affect the balance of the thing much. If I push hard on the back left corner it goes back by about one or two millimeters.
In the third picture you can see where its going on my counter.
The fourth picture is it in the corner full of water with the light on. This is the angle I'll see it most often from. The toher angle I see it most often from I didnt take a picture from. But its the toilet. Which is off to the left. Should I have mentioned that?
The fifth picture is the light, which slides on to the rim in the back. I need it on the side because of my mirror cabinet.
The light itself is pretty bright in such a small space.
Its 6x6x6 inches btw..
The sixth picture is from head on with the light on. This picture gives you the clearest idea of what it looks like. And the bright bar in the bottom is the gap between the counter and the tank.
Now I knew that this thing was bright because the floor was reflecting alot back into the tank.
Since I plan on some sort of coloured shrimp I knew I needed a dark substrate. I hate hate hate hate gravel and brown substrate. So I opted for Tahitian Moon Sand from CaribSea. This sucked alot of the light up.
I'm Hoping its enough to see the shrimp and scape.
The difference is not as bad as in the pictures. My cell phone has a very old bad camera. So the quality of these shots isnt great.
The seventh picture is of it filled with sand. On the bottom.
The picture with the sand is much darker than in real life. It didnt like adjusting between the LED above and the black sand below. And the picture without the sand is brighter than in person. Though more true to life than the one with sand.
You can kinda see the breathing hole in some of the pictures. When buying it I was wondering why it had a breathing hole. I figured that even if you filled it up the the rim there would still be a space between the lid and it. Wrong!!! This thing can be filled all the way up to the lid and to the very edge of the breathing hole. I was very surprised!!
Anything else? I'm always talking it seems... Hmm.. I know I've forgotten something.
Oh!! I ordered some yellow shrimp from BobsTropicalPlants. I was getting some sparkling gourami's for my 5.5 and decided that not paying the extra separate shipping fee wasnt worth it.
So I ordered 8 of them.
Now for the scaping part.
I want something real low light.
I used up all my birthday gift opportunities already on other things (a Disney pass, more tea, the gourami's and shrimp, and some tea pots. Sorry, I had to share) so I can't order anything else. And I dont get paid till the 10th.
And I really want this thing scaped at least mainly before the shrimp come. At some point I would love some mosses to put in there but I hate removing hardscape once its been laid down.
Heres what I've got at my disposal that I think will live in this tank.
I have anubias nana, anubias nana petite, crypt parva, water wisteria, a very small amount of mini pellia, fissidens fontanus, and duckweed.
I have dark grey slate, and assorted grey rocks in varying sizes and shapes and shades of grey. I can go out and collect as much driftwood as I want. Theres alot of manzy and oak around here. I prefer oak honestly.
I have CaribSea Moonlight Sand (white), poolfilter sand, Tahitian Moonlight Sand (black), and Miracle Grow Organic Potting Soil.
I also might order some floated soon. So If you think a specific one would look good.
Thats all I have...
Oh.. Marsilea that has never ever lost its 4 leaf clover shape. Though who knows in such a low light tank. And some sort of small sword, and some sort of grassy plant that does well in lowlight.
Examples of the slate and rock are in my 5.5 gallon journal, and examples of the grassy plant, and marsilea are in my 4 gallon bowl journal.
Ok heres the pics!!