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Aquatic Journal - 10gal planted Aqueon Ascent

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baby's first fish tank!

Bug

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Howdy! This is just a little journal I've thought about making since @Bigredlittlewolf started her blog about her little garden. If you know me, you know I love pets, and have been employed at a pet store for a couple of years now. Over that time, I have learned more about fish than I ever expected. Fish are complex creatures, and so is their care! It's taken me a while now to drum up the courage to try and own my first tank, but I am finally taking the plunge thanks to a lucky fishy find.

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To fully explain just how lucky this fish is, I should explain a bit about how bettas are priced. Babies, females, and your basic breeds are usually only a few bucks. The very visually striking breeds can cost you $18 USD minimum; For a freshwater fish, that is mildly pricey. This little one is a female, but she is what I believe is called a Paradise! They are a $20 USD betta, which I got for... Drumroll please! $1.50. (You'll quickly learn that I am the deals goblin.) The picture doesn't do her justice, but she is a deep black with a blue sheen on her back half. And she is only a baby! Her colors will really start to pop as she grows. ​

Fish in hand, I purchased some nice food and conditioner, and took her home to hold her in a little 1gal I had stashed away that a customer told us to toss (how wasteful). It only has some glass rocks and a mini dishwasher safe ceramic skull planter in it currently. She likes to sleep in the planter, and comes out to visit when I turn on the light. Just an aside, I currently feed her New Life Spectrum Small Betta Pellets. The company just reformulated all their fish food to be artificial free, so I wanted to try it. She loves it, and it's the perfect size for a baby like her!​




Now, onto the aquarium. I don't have any pictures of the empty tank, sadly. I do my aquarium work as a sort of catharsis when I am stressed. I found out while I was working that terrarium and aquarium scaping is super relaxing. It's a whole type of art form that people have written about, and how to incorporate things such as the Fibbonacci Spiral to create the most visually pleasing arrangements possible. It's pretty scientific, but honestly the whole process of creating is what appeals to me. So, naturally? I needed a tank that was practical for a novice aquarist, but beautiful.​

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I had to screencap this from a video.
I'll show more pictures of my own as the tank progresses, but this pictures shows off plenty. The tank has an angled top and a glass lid with built in LEDs. While you can't see the back here, it comes with a black backdrop that sets the stage to make your plants really pop. It also comes with a quiet filter-- which while I didn't want to have to use it-- means that the fact that this tank is only $70 USD is a super steal. It's sleek, it's a nice size, and... Well, you'll see.​

I laid a bed of Fluval Stratum for my plants and eventual shrimp, since I knew I would need all the help I could get going into this to make sure my plants would take. Over that, I put a layer of black sand and used a pastry brush to spread in cleanly. The topography of the tank isn't flat, because I wanted to create some visual interest (especially while my plants start to grow). Then, I moved onto the rest of my hardscape, and put in a few beautiful rocks I purchased. I would have liked Seiryu stone, but really didn't want to spend $30 USD on a bag of rocks. Finally, I placed a bowl in the bottom of the tank and started to pour in my water from the sink into it. Now, normally I would have a bucket of treated water ready, but there aren't any fish in here, so I treated it afterwards.​

After a week, I picked a few plants I found, and planted them in. That was yesterday, and so far so good! They aren't much, but I think they were really pretty finds for not ordering from online!​


My own little world.

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Alternanthera Reineckii & Rotala Macrandra!.. If the packaging is correct, anyways.
I know I want more plants, but I'm not sure what to pick. I think maybe some sort of grass, for sure, and then some duckweed to cover the top. In a week I plan to take in a water sample to work and see how the water levels are faring. If all is well, I'll probably add in two or three amano shrimp before I add in my betta. Speaking of betta... I haven't named her! Do y'all have any suggestions? ​
 

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Yo yo Bug, awesome to hear that youre setting up a tank! I LOVE fish tanks, especially freshwater nano, I am so here for this! Did you cycle the tank yet? Make sure you do before adding any animals! Your bioload is low, but imo better safe than sorry? Unless you planned to do a fish-in cycle.

The plants are looking good so far! What ferts are you dosing? Im unfamiliar with those plants, but i know those sorts of red plants are usually high light. For additional plants, I def recommend java moss for the shrimp, anubias, java fern, pygym chainsword, elodea, or crypts! Dwarf hairgrass is always awesome, but itll be a background plant in a nano tank.

What sort of filter media are you using?

Anyway, very excited to see how this build goes!
 
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This is so cool! I'm a huge fan of bioactive enclosures. Don't know much about fish, but have always been very curious about the ins and outs of aquariums. I'm excited to see more!!

Your betta is adorable, and my name suggestion is Midnight.
 
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