“Female bettas are always so peaceful”
“Female bettas are always so peaceful”
Fellas I got to finally set up a fish tank in our new house, I’m very pationate when it comes to fish keeping but alas I am handicapped so I’ve been unable to commit to one in my adult life (fucking water changes lol) but when my family wanted one I jumped on board. So far we have this lovely traditional 40 gal stocked with 10 runny nose tetras and 3 red cherry shrimp and 5 black shrimp plus one bamboo shrimp! My brother really wanted a bunch of shrimp haha also i don’t know the names of the live plants that’s in there but I can list them later
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Oldest picture of Skippy I have from August 2017, vs Skippy in late 2020 :))
We got these DOPE guppies in at work. Albino rummynose guppies.
Look at this shiny boy.
Fundulopanchax oeseri ‘Bioko Island’
Hey fishblr long time no see, quick question:
Is baking driftwood (at ~200°F) for an hour or two safe/feasible for sterilizing? I know most people boil it but I have a long/oddly shaped piece and I’m not sure I can fit the entire thing in a soup pot.
NEW rock flower! 🌼 It blends in with the rocks but I sort of like that.
70 litres. That’s not even 20 gallons. But of course the water is “clear” so it can’t possibly be toxic, right?
Those fish are gonna die. Quit while you’re ahead.
Crab in an anemone, what will he do?
March 20- I just moved a week ago to live closer to my job. It’s getting scary out there but I’m hopeful it’ll be over soon. I set up the tank to cycle with red ludwigia and Java moss planted in Seachem Fluorite gravel. (Don’t use this it’s SO rough on plants). Four days after this picture I get laid off from the job I moved for.
April 24- I add the first shrimp to the tank. The ludwigia is doing okay and the Java moss is exploding. I’m indescribably happy.
July 22- “But the pet store guy said I wouldn’t need fertilizer”
I come to terms with the fact that I need to fix this sad tank. The ludwigia is dying because the rough substrate crushes the delicate stems whenever I mess with the gravel. Nothing is rooting. There’s so many diatoms I have to scrub the tank every other week. My shrimp are breeding but I’m losing clutches too. I’ve had to treat for planaria and hydra infestations.
August 4- time to remodel! Got rid of that sad sad ludwigia and replaced it with a crypt (back left), Java fern on a stone (back middle), hornwort (back right) and rosette swords (front). Got Seachem Flourish root tabs and stuck a few in the gravel.
I fully believe that hornwort saved my tank. 1 week after this picture the derecho hit Iowa and I lost power for 3 days. No filtration except one bunch of extremely fast growing plants that suck nitrates from the water column. It grew 8 inches in 2 weeks.
November 21- All the adults I started this tank with have vanished. Old age, I hope, they only live a year. New shrimp means new excitement for the tank and a new look.
Fuck duckweed, actually. Also it’s finally time to give up on the Java moss that ate the marimo and then filled up with algae. Shrimp actually get stuck in there. I start dosing Seachem Flourish to get nutrients into the water column. Started with 0.5 mL dose weekly and will work up to the recommended 1mL twice weekly if the algae doesn’t explode.
November 22- Refreshed root tabs, added more plants and moved some around! I want to move that little rosette further into the corner but I’m afraid to damage the roots so there it stays.
All the ones I added are tied to stone (or free floating like the banana plant) so they’re easier to move and clean around, plus will benefit from the liquid fertilizer. Java ferns and anubias (I found a variegated anubias at Petco of all places!) plus some extra stone to better secure the roots of the rosette swords.
I can’t believe it’s been 8 months since I set up the tank. I’m finally really getting happy with it!
Before and after a rescape! Moved around some stuff, added some stuff, removed the giant algae-Java moss- marimo abomination that had taken over the left side of the tank and replaced it with more stone and plants.
Now to wait for the hornwort to grow long enough that I can tether it to the far side of the tank and use it as a cover plant.
Just found out that my darling girl, Feyre, passed away last night from the person who was babysitting her for me.
I’m really heartbroken 💔 I loved this little girl and from everyone that I am going to have shipped to me, I thought for sure she would make it because bettas are so hardy.
I wish that I had her with me so that I could memorialize her like I had the others I’ve had. Coincidentally, I had bought a Christmas cactus the other day…maybe that was the universe letting me know to be ready.
Goodbye my girl. I will miss you so much, and I wish I had been with you for your last moments.
Dismantling and cleaning pumps for our saltwater systems. Took me the better part of yesterday and boy… my hands are dry. Salt will do that to you.
I got a new light for the tank. What a difference a bit of lighting can make
bonks da glass
This poor dummy can’t find food even when it’s on top of his head.