Hi! It's been a few years since I've had an aquarium and I always found it very soothing (prone to high anxiety and stress). I've had a rough couple of weeks and decided I wanted a little one for my bedroom.
I decided on the fluval spec V, I got a good deal on it from amazon prime! I know I wanted to have live plants, but the inhabitants were up in the air.
I used Carib Sea crystal river sand and a fluval 25 watt heater which fit perfectly in the divided part with the pump.
I am pretty sure these broad leaf plants are not aquatic
I purchased them from petsmart. Along with a windelov java fern and 3 nerite snails. Not sure what to do with them at this point.
The first day or so the nerites didn't move at all and I was afraid they died right away. I used API tap water conditioner. It is the only thing I have added to the water.
Two of them are roaming around now, one is not. I am not sure if he is dead yet... I will give him a little more time.
I wasn't sure if I wanted shrimp, a small group of tiny fish or a betta. So I went looking at a few local shops. I found this very pretty betta. I decided to go with him. He is pretty aggressive though so I doubt I could add any shrimp or other fish.
The problems I have encountered so far are:
1. The water level. The house I live in is old and the floor is uneven in some spots. I am planning on moving it tomorrow while doing a large water change
2. Mr. Fish can see himself in the reflection, all the time, and seems to be always fighting with himself. I have some rice paper window film, I am going to try it on the background and see if it helps.
3. I want more plants and some mosses. The lighting is LED, so I am assuming I will need all low light plants. I am thinking just a lot of java fern and java moss. IF I end up adding a lot of them, will I need any kind of fertilizer or better lighting? I wanted to kind of stick with the basic kit.
The flow on the pump is really strong. Right now it's on high, so I think tomorrow during the water change/move I am going to turn it to the lowest setting. Mr. Fish only has a few spots right now to hang out where he doesn't have to fight the currant.
I purchased algae wafers for the snails since I have no algae yet. But the water here is very soft so I sprung for some "crab cuisine" pellets. I read that they have calcium and it's good for their shells. I really love nerites and might add a few more later on.