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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-14-2005, 01:24 AM Thread Starter
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The girlfriend's tank

A very very low maintenance tank...not bad for a "I have no clue what I'm doing" gal. Her "Buddy the Betta" is in there somewhere being fat and lazy, and the fat white clouds are the streaks you see.

Tank specs: I have no clue
NO3: no clue
PO4: no clue
dosing: whenever she feels like it...or whenever she remembers
Fauna: 1 really really fat betta (seriously...its now so fat its disproportionate...the body is about twice the size as his fins). 1 really fat black molly to eat algae and scum (and has apparently done a great job!). 3 ottos. 3 white clouds.

Flora: H. polysperma 'green', one meager little sprig of italian val?, and a baby java fern plantlet on her driftwood.

Lighting: 1 15w NO bulb (standard 10g fixture), 2 x screw-in PC bulbs from walmart which I had to rig into her other hood.

Substrate: fluorite mixed with small gravel
Filter: aquaclear 100
CO2: DIY juice bottle...refreshed when she remebers to...about every 2 months or so...but my recent trip last weekend it was still running fine with a "pop...pop...pop" into the impellor every 3 seconds or so.

The plants grow like crazy and she takes them to Mr. Aquarium (her LFS...seriously, that's the name of the place not the dude that works there) and has racked up about $25 in credit.

What do you think?

By the ways, I love her method of aquascaping..."I have no clue what that random plant is so I just stuck it up front in the middle"


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I for one like the jungle look and I am sure the fish like it as well.

The plants look good. I had good experiences with hygro before in a lower light setup with no ferts but found the stems got really scrawny and thin.
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Ad me to the list - a low maintenance planted "jungle" beats the sterile "deserts" so many maintain.
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Color me surprised! I thought this was going to be how you solved your impulse tank purchase...by calling it hers .

Nice looking, low maint tank! It never hurts to have the other half with some interest in the hobby. Now as to overfeeding that betta....
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Awww.... that's soooooo sweet!

I like how you've described her and her tank.
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Color me surprised! I thought this was going to be how you solved your impulse tank purchase...by calling it hers .

Nice looking, low maint tank! It never hurts to have the other half with some interest in the hobby. Now as to overfeeding that betta....
No seriously...this is her's out there in Lubbock, TX...the tank she doesn't know about is set up in the kitchen in Arlington, VA.

Overfeeding the Betta...tell me about it...when I'm not looking she gives my dog people food, her cat "Murray" is 20 lbs!!, and she put about 10 lbs on me before she left for school and I left for VA!

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Awww.... that's soooooo sweet!

I like how you've described her and her tank.
Thanks

She's pretty proud of her little jungle and told me she has a "good coach".

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Color me surprised! I thought this was going to be how you solved your impulse tank purchase...by calling it hers
hahaha, been there done that... not with a tank though... "Your pearl gourami is a bit weird!'..... 'look at what your fish is doing!'
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what pearl gurami?
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