5.5 gallon "display" tank
Posted 25 September 2011 - 10:30 PM
Posted 25 September 2011 - 10:35 PM
Posted 26 September 2011 - 09:04 AM
As for the old plant I removed... I get back Sunday, take it out of the tank, put it in the cup with the Mondo grass. I wake up the next morning, and it's shriveled up, dead. I think it was aquatic.
Posted 26 September 2011 - 09:15 AM
You could put a ceramic cup or something in until the plants start to grow in, and then take it out later on. Just as something temporary that gives him something more to hide behind. There's some Taiwan moss in the RAOK up for grabs (it's in the trading post area) that might interest you too.
Posted 26 September 2011 - 10:22 AM
I think a piece of driftwood, or a gray-scale rock would be a very nice addition to the tank. The gray color wouldn't cause the eye to drift towards it, and it would make your future betta MUCH happier.
Bettas, or any prey animal really, doesn't like to be the center of attention because that makes them more open to predators. That stress could make the fish sick. If you want to highlight your fish, the health and happiness should be a part of that as well.
Posted 26 September 2011 - 12:24 PM
Added 2 Java ferns
There's actually a nice little cavity behind the one on the right.
Edited by Wiilio, 26 September 2011 - 12:37 PM.
Posted 27 September 2011 - 04:10 PM
If you boil the driftwood for a long while first, or soak it a few weeks, and keep up with water changes, your water will not turn yellow. There is some beautiful driftwood that will look pretty much black when submerged and look great in your tank. Black or grey rocks are cheap as free, and another option.
The plant you had was definitely not aquatic. But plants go into shock with sudden changes as well.
I think your tank is looking much better with the java ferns in there.
Posted 28 September 2011 - 06:46 AM
The fish will be here at noon today. However, I just tested the water this morning... Mini cycle I'm pretty sure it happened when I took out the three shrimp and put in two baby snails (one will eventually be taken out). I know some people would just plop the fish right in anyway, but I'm going to play it safe ($67 total on this fish... I'm going to make sure it's done right). So for now, I have put my old betta in this tank until the mini cycle is over. I'd rather put a healthy fish into that tank than one that's come overseas.
The thing is, I have pretty bad luck with mini cycles... I've had many last for weeks. One even lasted a month. Hopefully this one will be short.
Posted 28 September 2011 - 07:53 AM
How long have you had this tank set up?
Posted 28 September 2011 - 08:19 AM
It's not a question of which one costed more. It's a question of which one's healthier. One that I've had for two months in my 10 gallon is healthier than one that has been through shipping for the past two days. In other words, while it's not fair, it's better that my current fish be in the smaller tank than the one that is definitely stressed, and probably injured.
This isn't my first rodeo; I've kept plenty of fish before. I'll be careful to monitor the situation. My API test kit is on hand; I'll be doing tests probably twice a day until the mini cycle is over.
Posted 28 September 2011 - 01:49 PM
Posted 28 September 2011 - 02:07 PM
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