Friday, September 7, 2007

Fishy Tank

So I got Lauriel a fish tank for her birthday and then I kind of took it over. Of course she likes looking at it, but it has really turned into a nerd thing for me. This is the general overview. It's a ten gallon tank, which I now know is way to small too really have a lot of fun with. In the six months that we have had it I have already added and taken out quite a few plants. I have 40 watts of light and I am using a homemade CO2 to help the plants grow. I also add a liquid iron to the water twice a week and a comprehensive supplement once a week. Right now I have six species of plants and two species of fish. The two fish on the wall are Ottos (Otocinclus spp.), which are algea eaters and somwhere hiding are three Albino Cories (Corydoras spp.) which are little white catfish. The plant on the far right in the back is a Corkscrew Val. (Vallisneria americana) and in front of that is a plant that I can't remember the name of.

The plant in the foreground is a ground cover that I have had growing now for about a month. It's called Glossostigma (Glossostigma elatenoides). Each one of those little plants had to be planted with a pair of tweezers. The photo on the right shows just how far it has come in such a short time. Behind that in the middle is the newest plant. We just got it yesterday so it should fill in quite a bit over the next few months. It's Crypt Lutea (Cryptocoryne lutea). It's a very pretty little plant with red in it that adds some color to the tank.

This is probably my favorite plant in the whole tank. It's Anubias Nana (Anubias barteri v. ‘Nana’) and it gets these flowers that shoot up from the leaves and look really pretty. It's attached to a bog log that the Cories like to hide in. If you look you can see Halifax and his twin snailing on the leaves. Behind the bog log you can see the weed of the tank, Rotala Indica (Rotala roundifolia). It sends off runners like crazy and I just took out a bunch and am letting float in the 2.5 gallon tank.

This last photo is of a new 2.5 gallon tank that I got for free off of Craigslist. Right now it is holding a few plants that I didn't want in the ten gallon tank and a little neon tetra (Paracheirodon innesi) thats family was lost to unknown causes. I'm not really sure what I am going to do with this yet but I do plan on making it look better than it does at the moment. So I'm pretty much a nerd about my fish tanks now. I have spent quite a few nights staying up until one nerding out on the internet reading articles about various fishy things. I really enjoy having the tank around and planting it. I'll post more later when things fill in and I most likely get a few more plants. Andrew

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