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Cool Journal: yoko's 6.6 First Planted Ever

Too many bettas.
Not enough fake plants.
Want real plants.
Need more space.
Need to clean room.


Expensive "acrylic" 6.6 Gallon Bookshelf Tank from Petco.
Generic starter kit: craptastic filter, gawdy decorations, tacky poster background, fluorescent light strip.
Scrap everything except tank, itself = $49.99

Was in love with wood that looked like tree stump on Ebay,
but some guy beat me to it.
Heartbroken.
Settled for $10 Piece at Exotic Aquarium.
501 ZooMed filter. It is so stealth.



Brother still keeps asking if the fish eat the leaves/if they drink the water.
Thinks I'm crazy for spending so much money on dead leaves.





Lots of evaporation.
Been months since last water change.
Water is great, fish are happy.



Random.
Only plant I can seem to keep alive.



River Rocks (big) $1.99, Walgreens
River Rocks (small) $1.97, Home Depot
18" 13w T15 G&E Sunshine bulb $6.99, Undercabinet fixture $9.99, Walmart.
Seems to be lighting my wall more than my tank.
Guess I will be going low-tech.

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Looks great! Doest yoko means a lot or often in Japanese?
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Looks great! Doest yoko means a lot or often in Japanese?
WHOA! THANK YOU!!!!

I don't know... I was told it was a flower? It's a nickname given to me when I was a baby, because people cannot pronounce my birth name correctly.

I did not break up the band!!!!!!!!
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Ok never mind the yoko I was thinking yuku... which means often or a lot... silly me..lol
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Ok never mind the yoko I was thinking yuku... which means often or a lot... silly me..lol

haha You can call me yuku
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Are you planing to buy some more substrate? looks like those river rock are not going to be enough.
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Are you planing to buy some more substrate? looks like those river rock are not going to be enough.
ahahahah yeh, they are actually supposed to be "accent" rocks.
But I did realize that wasn't as much as I was expecting.
I'm not used to dealing with "big" tank

My substrate I want to look as close to MUD as possible.

I got a brick of coconut fiber medium, which I have not expanded yet.
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b3.../Coco-5210.jpg

Was asking around if it would be safe to use as a aubstrate. Got one yes and one no.

Still thinking on what to do about that...........

EDIT: Forgot to mention, I also got a bag of Schultz Aquatic Soil
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b3...csoil-5216.jpg

Not sure of the layout exactly for this tank, just that it is going to be divided 3-way and want to have a land area.

Realizing I am kind of cramped in this 6.6 since this wood is so big........
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The Betta is nice. Not sure on the sub you showed but I wouldnt try it. Mayby try sand, possibly black tahitain sand for a more muddy look.


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The Betta is nice. Not sure on the sub you showed but I wouldnt try it. Mayby try sand, possibly black tahitain sand for a more muddy look.
Thank you, James!
Well, I saw an old Thread where user Oqsy, suggested Exo-Terra Riverbed Sand........ I haven't seen it in person or in pics, so, not sure..........

Any pics of tanks with Black Tahitian Sand????
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Tank With Black Sand
Thread Of Tanks With Black Sand

There Ya Go. I like the Advanced search feature lol.


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i dont think tahiti sand looks very muddy, but it's definately nice, i used 3 bags of it and its costly but i did not regret it.
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Yeh, James, that Black Tahatian Sand looks..... black.... hahahah

I want muddy, like.... brown

Well, my tank I noticed was scratched up from gravel when it was last filled.
I was mad, UGH! But I ordered some Novus 1,2 &3 online and it arrived today.
I just finished treating the front and sides of the tank with the stuff and I can say I have noticed an improvement, although the scratches are still there. It did help, but I'm thinking I would have got better results if I had either sanded it first or maybe used a orbital car buffer PRIOR to doing steps 2 & 3, but EHHH.....

Still deciding if I can live with it. I am really anal about things.... so still seeing if it bothers me
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Nice start so far. But as ^ said, you need to add some substrate. black or normal sand...

Also, I'd consider returning that light fixture if you can...13w for 6 gallons is really skimpy (wpg rule doesn't apply to small tanks. You could get a desk lamp or clip light for cheap and put a 20 watt spiral or straight CF bulb in it. For better coverage, a clip light on each end with 13w each would look rad.
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Thanks, macclellan, deng, well, do you think this dookie lighting would be alight for growing duckweed???

I already opened the thing, it was packaged in a molded plastic thing- you know, one of those deals.
I COULD go to Walmart and say it was "broken"

But YAH, could I grow, like, duckweed and tropical moss on my "land area"? This is going to have a land area, like a palundarium/terrarium set-up.
Would Anubias nana be pushing it??

The thing is also a space issue... I don't know if I can fit clamp lamps in that small space. I was looking at some cool modern ones at IKEA but I think they are all halogen bulbs and I don't know anything about that....

OMG
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But YAH, could I grow, like, duckweed and tropical moss on my "land area"? This is going to have a land area, like a palundarium/terrarium set-up.
Would Anubias nana be pushing it??
As long as you keep the Moss moist then it should survive on yourr land area. Anubias can be grown emersed. Some members have Anubias on wood that is growing submerged and part of it emersed. So the plants you had mentioned are flexible. Duckweed would give that Swampy feel for a Palundarium, it will be really cool IMO.


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