So today, I was meant to be going out with a friend but got ditched at last minute for 'study' (Exams ended on friday) Neat excuse..
So, instead of wasting my day, I went to the aquarium shop! They had a terrible selection sadly which was a pain since there have not been many imports due to the horrible weather, so I got what I could, bleached them, and planted them in some glasses!
Here is what I have:
2x grass val
2x baby tears
I decided to bunch the baby tears together because one of the bunches was actually meant for my siamese fighting fish tank which is CONSTANTLY under renovation. I am trying to get it to look like a 'modern day' pond from the top (which the banana lilies have been doing!) mixed with kind of a contemporary, placid look. By the way, this makes perfect sense in my head, just not in words!
The baby tears were too large and I just didn't want to bother rearranging everything in the tank and stress out my fish even more, so I bunched them and put them in a pot! My plan is to just let them grow out and then let them float freely over the surface of the water, so that is why the tank looks a little dodgy at the moment. I tried it but the only problem is that they all bunch at the front of the tank due to the air stone, so more would make it easier to cover! The val is also quite large and I did a terrible job at planting them (as you can see) but I can't be bothered planting it straight until the next wc.
I also got a plant for my sick bettas QT tank, it gives it a nicer feel and something for the poor guy to do. I doubt he will ever recover, but all I can do is manage him to make sure he is comfortable by keeping the water nice and clean, and continuing feeding him his special food! I am about to run an experiment for my biology assessment with two ill bettas testing the properties, and bacteriostatic abilities of indian almond leaves and aquarium salt. (not soo experimental, but it is something I want to test!) I am a little hesitant in getting two ill bettas as I will inevitably be supporting the trade. Luckily, the RSPCA is working towards banning stores from owning any live animals in QLD and making sure that the only place animals can be sold is from certified breeders, and specialist stores. I just need to decide if I am going to keep them afterwards, or give them away
I think it is a great idea as it will be educating people on betta care. The school already has goldfish tanks in the biology classrooms (not sure why though) which are well maintained. The tanks are a little on the overstocked side, but I have told them off for that already lol
The tank as it looks at the moment (Momo and Bubbles have grown so much!)
QT bettas tank (No name for him, any suggestions?) He is loving it, I need to add an apple snail and some more plants for him. He needs to be occupied a lot more, that is why I put him next to the oranda tank since there is plenty to watch! He also gets attention from everyone that walks past.
Hope you guys like it! It's a work in progress!