My pair of betta coccinas is probably my favourite pair of fish I have ever owned. They are so beautiful despite not being flashy, and have such wonderful personality and grace. They also do me the favour of reproducing often, though I must say I've never actually raised any of the fry they attempt to produce (except one which somehow survived and died a few months later). But the problem with coccinas is how territorial they are, which does not do the female ("Tiny") any favours in their current home of a 5 gallon Marineland hexagon. It's one of my very first serious tanks, but it's getting full of scratches and I decided it was time for something new.
So I have decided to go all the way on a rimless, 6.1 gallon Aquatop. I'm super excited to actually go all in on a planted tank, not just buy a few plants here or there and call it good. Since it's my first I think I'm going to go for a low tech low light style tank, especially since this tank will be by a north facing window, so it will get a little extra light from there.
Today I went out to the store to pick up some items for the tank. I have an Azoo mini filter from an old tank, so I didn't need to buy a new one. I did buy an Aqualighter Pico after being impressed by the amount of light it lets out for such a small package, but now I am tempted to go an exchange it for it's brother, the larger Aqualighter Nano. While the Pico does give off a nice amount of light, and I am going for a darker, "jungle-y" type feel to the tank, I'm not sure if it'd penetrate the deeper reaches of the aquarium. Thoughts? (Pics below, though it's still daylight here so maybe doesn't show the accurate amount of light).
I also got some "Tahitian Moon Sand" and mixed it with some old TMS I had in a previous tank to create about an inch and a half of depth. Not quite happy with the larger white specs and small pebbles that had mixed in with the old sand that's now in the new tank, but I didn't want to buy a bunch of new sand when I had perfectly good ones at home. I also had a family friend do a glass top for the bowfront since I could not do an accurate curve myself. He did a fantastic job, though I failed to account for the clip on light and now I'm not sure what to do with it haha. Maybe I'll make a separate "stand" for it. Here's what the tank looks like as of now:
I'm not quite sure about the aquascaping. I bought some wood at my LFS, and I'm thinking about going to a stream and finding some nice river rocks and adding some type of moss to it. I know I am going to be re purposing a large Java Fern from the old tank, and maybe the small anubias (not sure what type) as well. I think the driftwood with the fern still has some subwassertang attached to it, those few strands might grow as well.