Monday, December 2, 2013

Went to a small pet store that was going out of business hoping to find a cheap 10gal, instead I found a 15gal for 15 bucks. It's used so I cleaned it up a bit and I'm currently testing for leaks. I'm a little miffed at myself because I finally got my four tanks set up the way I wanted and I'm already planning on getting rid of them. I don't mind all the maintenance now, but I'm hoping to be in school by Feb and four tanks would be too much if I'm a full time student. So...the plan is to divide the 15gal for three of the bettas, and upgrade Nova to his own 3 gallon, either the cube or a Fluval Spec III if I get one. I'm hoping to have it up and running by mid-January but I still have a lot to get for it and holiday shopping to do...we'll see how it goes!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Double overhaul

So I redid Coda's tetra cube yesterday as planned, but since I had some plants leftover I did Zeta's as well!

Plants are anacharis, dwarf hairgrass, wisteria, java fern and dwarf lily. The lily looks to be melting a bit, but otherwise everything is doing well. Just worried about the anacharis since I dose Excel and I've heard they don't do well with it. We'll see how it goes!

I put the extra wisteria and a crypt in Zeta's. He's loving it in there :) I think I want an anubias to go behind the helmet, or anchored to one of the horns. And I'm still waiting on some cholla wood in the mail to put in both tanks.

Bonus of the (snail?) eggs I found on the wisteria in Zeta's tank. I could end up with snails in three tanks (floating the leftover wisteria in Lola's critter keeper). e_e

Sunday, November 24, 2013


I got up a little earlier today and so was able to get a few decent photos of Lola with the morning light. Not the best, but they show her coloring well. Her fins are mostly red, with a bit of blue, and dark blue scaling on the top part of her body. The rest of her I thought was black but almost looks dark brown, though it's hard to tell because her water is quite tanned.

She's doing very well, more active and not quite so skittish. We were a little worried because she wasn't active at all the first few days, and I'd seen her a couple times in the pet store so I know she'd been in that cup a while. She has the feeding routine down and eats everything I give her, and looks like she's grown a bit since I brought her home.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Tetra cube plans

I've only had Coda's tank set up for about a month and I'm already planning to completely redo it. Even though I really like the purple and yellow of the silk plants I definitely want a very natural looking tank, possibly a blackwater type setup. I've got a bunch of plants and a new light ordered, and some cholla wood on the way. I need a darker substrate, probably Flourite, but I'm still not sure if I want to go NPT and use potting soil as well. I'm thinking with the plants I've got it's not really necessary. All that's left will be to get my hands on a nice piece of driftwood!

Coda himself is still destroying his fins...I noticed today that some of his dorsal fin was bitten off. I haven't actually seen him biting, and he's acting and eating normally so I'm not going to worry about it too much just yet.