I found this kit and it sparked it all: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgRrrNL-mi4
But I needed a fish and I've never had one before, eek!
I decided I wanted a Betta fish, I knew that those tiny bowls couldnt possibly be what's best for him, and besides, my kit won't fit in a bowl
After so much research my head is swimming I have decided to put him in a 10 gallon, lots of room to play but not so big that I get overwhelmed!
I saw some people had plants in their betta tanks, and that it somehow helped with the toxic chemicals, at first I thought I would just stick my Lucky Bamboo in there (but I have since learned they are not aquatic!), but after EVEN MORE research I see there are so many possibilities! I'm crazy about the idea of a natural planted tank, and it lead me here!
I don't really know much about fish but I've had a lot of experience caring for animals, I LOVE to research and I'm willing to learn!
Tank, 10 Gallon de-rimmed, omG that took a while!
The tank will be a "Low-Tech" type tank.
TOM Rapids Power Filter 80
50 Watt Hydor Theo heater
API Freshwater Master kit
Prime water conditioner
I still need to get a digital thermometer (I'd love your input on what brands work best for you!)
I'm starting the long-ish process of making MTS, I am SUPER EXCITED!! It is so cool!
So far I have only bought the dirt and I am doing it's first soak now, gross! But so much fun!
It is FREEZING outside now, so I can't dry it out in the sun, so I am going to put the dirt on a shower curtain under my staircase (so no one steps in it
Lights! I am going to paint the outside of a hardware lamp (probably a deep red to match some of my room decor) and suspend it from the ceiling about 10" above the tank to give it an industrial designer feel, I am planning on using a 23w CFL in the lamp.
Male betta on his way from Bangkok
I have named him Mars. EDIT: He is getting here FEB 20th!!!!!!!!!
And I would also like to have 2-3 African Dwarf Frogs!
I love the look of good round Marimo Balls, so I'll have several of these.
I don't want any tall plants, instead I want some Phyllanthus fluitans, or maybe Mini water lettuce, so the roots kinda hang down and fill up that space, some java moss here and there, some Anubias (they are sooo cute!) And I'd like to try some Glosso or some other "weeping" plant to put up on some drift wood and cascade down? I don't know how this will work, suggestions are welcome! (
All plant suggestions are welcome! Let me know what is your favorite low-light plant!
That's it for now!