Here is a small update on all the tanks and a basic plan of what I intend to do over the next few weeks.
5 Gallon Betta Tank
I want to completely remove all the blue pebbles from the tank. They look ugly and unnatural. It was a great idea at first to create this river like thing in the water. The problem is it does not look natural and will not look good once the organic matter starts decomposing.
The plan is to get some new fine gravel like sand, preferably black to mix in with the light brown. This will give the tank a darker feel; I think Cornelius will enjoy this because he cannot have a black background. This will also allow me to put more plants in this tank.
Once the substrate has been taken care of I want to remove the fake columns and the bridge. With them gone I can find some small rocks and sticks to make things look more natural. Take some more plants like java fern and maybe even take some riccia on a mesh board to create a small patch of carpet on a hill or something.
I want to first complete the substrate change. When that is done I can draw out what i want the tank to look like so then I can just do it. This will be the first tank to be rescaped. I plan on doing one tank a week.
10 Gallon Fry Tank
This tank is fine, the fry are growing and only a simple trimming is needed. I don’t want to change things up in here as this is the oldest most mature tank. It is stable and very healthy. I have very good looking babies in there. The only thing that will happen is moving the mother molly and the baby molly to the 20 gallon tank with the father Sailfin Black Molly.
20 Gallon Community
I have already moved 7 baby Red Wag Platy’s into this tank. It needed some life after the mother Platy passed away.
I have already finished rescaping this tank so the main focus on this tank will be stocking it with the baby platys, possibly keep it a platy and molly tank for breeding?
I will be posting pictures up of the rescape soon. I need to trim some of the plants and maybe get another rock and a piece of wood before its complete in my eyes. Complete is where I don’t want to touch it for a while, not actually ever finished.
29 Gallon Community – Main Tank
Well what can I say. This tank is my main focus. While it is settling down I guess I gave myself all those other projects above. The five gallon will go the major overhaul because it is small and easy. This tank is going to take a small face lift.
The major piece of fake wood needs to come out. More plants need to go in. More real wood and maybe another rock goes in there as well. I am considering taking out both side ornaments but am not sure yet. I think they will stay in the end.
I want to create a more vertical presence in the tank. This way the floating plants wont move around as much in the strong current. This will help when I decide to reconstruct the stand. I want to create a new stand and hood for this tank built out of 2×4′s and plywood. This way I can have higher lighting with a giant Riccia canopy and wood sticking out of the top. Maybe even some out of water plants that have the roots in the tank? Who knows. First the rescape.
I am going to take the fake wood and put it in the tank. I am considering taking the Mondo Grass out and putting it in a pot outside with the other plants.
The wood will give the snake more to climb on and hopefully stimulate her more. I really want to give her a good environment but It will be hard work. Once she grows I will just be excited to use the 20 long as a fish tank!
I am going to be looking for some good driftwood for the 29.
For pictures of the tanks click here. I will post more recent pictures on a later post.