Friday, May 29, 2009
Here's a photo of a green plant that I cannot ID. Hopefully I'll find out what it is. The pet shop owner didn't know what it was.
Since first posting this, the plant is a Pennywort. This plant can be either rooted in the substrate or used as a floating plant My fish guru, as I call her, says this plant, as a floating plant would be great in the betta tank. So, I guess that's where it will go. My thanks to Dawn Moneyhan, my fish guru, for all the help she has given me. It's not a plant that is easy to grow.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
A closeup of the new aquarium just freshly filled. Have everything running except the heater which I don't need. The water out of the tap was running 78 degrees. I did treat the tank with AquaSafe. Will be letting it run for a while before adding the plants which won't be in for another 2 weeks, if I get all I asked for. Right now just have a printed background to cover up the wires.
Spent most of yesterday cleaning all the gravel for this one (25 pounds) plus 10 more pounds of gravel for my 3 gal Eclipse and 5 gal Mini-Bow betta tank.
The Python system was used to empty the tank in its temp location and to fill it in the new location. That system is really nice and it looks like it will save a lot of work. I may have to get a smaller gravel cleaner and siphon for the smaller tanks.
Right now, it looks sort of empty with no plants or fish. But we'll wait and get it conditioned before adding them.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Here is the beginning of a new hobby and life long dream of owning an aquarium with tropical fish. This is an Aqueon 20 gallon long tank. This is a temporary set up for this new aquarium to check for leaks and to see what the evaporation rate will be.
I filled the tank today, water temp 78 degrees and pH 7.4-7.6. I have well water and live in northern Florida.
Later I'll empty the tank, add washed gravel, some rocks, plants and finally some fish. This whole process will take some 3-4 weeks as I go through the various steps with the help of my fish guru, Dawn, who lives in Wisconsin. Hope you will join me as I go through setting it up completely.