Flutterfish's New 10 Gallon Build

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I've been wanting to upgrade my betta, Bobby, to a larger tank for a few months - and the dream has come true!

Anyway, my orders from Amazon have been leaking in. There were so many complications with the orders (I've had a large container of glitter shipped to me instead of a siphon o_O), so some of them will arrive later than usual (about Thursday or Friday).

There's not much now, but here's a few of my orders :

Aqueon Versa Top -

API Test Kit (The old one has gone completely missing...?) -

Pure Ammonia for Cycling -
Net (Apparently the material is extremely fine due to being made for brineshrimp) -

And that's it for now! The Finnex Stingray is bound to come in a few hours, and I'll be unable to update this for a while since I'm going on a nature retreat (school) from Wednesday - Friday.

Supplies (other than ones listed above)

ORDERED :
- Python Medium Siphon
- Finnex Stingray
- SeaChem Stability (trying this to speed up my cycle)
- Hydor 50W Heater
- AquaClear 20
- SeaChem Flourish Tabs
- Fluorite Black Sand, 15.4 pounds
- The actual tank itself (PetCo)

Already have the Flourish (250mL) and Prime (500mL) from the 5 gallon, so I'll just use that for the 10.

S0 excited for this tank! Just need the actual tank, lol.
 

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Congrats! I cannot wait to see it!
We have the same net!
 
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Bruxes and Bubbles said:
Congrats! I cannot wait to see it!
We have the same net!
Thanks!

Lol, it never occurred to me that people had similar nets to mine
 

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Good luck for your tank!
 
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AquaClear 20 came without the filter basket, U Tube, and damaged in the shipping process. Returned and expecting a new one.
Brighter note, everything else came! Just need the tank, plants, and Stability. Also need a new thermometer, previous one broke.

Ammonia, Aquarium Salt, Fluorite Black 15 pounds, old Prime, Flourish, Test Kit, Tabs and Net -

Versa Top (Lid), Finnex Stingray and Hydro 50 W -

Python Medium (It's huge!) -
 
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Blackwater route begins!

Since bettas seem to thrive in those set-ups, going to get plants/decor that match up.

Current list is :

- Indian Almond/Oak Leaves
- Driftwood
- Crypt Undulata
- Crypt Wendtii
- River Stones
- Anubias Nana Petite
- Frogbit

Yup, these aren't really the blackwater crypts, but will have a go at them. Also, if these aren't at the newly discovered LFS (Pacific Aquarium and Plant), I'll order them from Planted Aquariums Central.

Rough Aquascape :

 
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Tank (Don't mind the stuff behind it, it's my Nana's) :

Top View :

Filter's coming tomorrow - and my tank will probably be a mess, since Fluorite is the messiest sand I have ever encountered in my life.
 
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Sorry for such the inactivity, in New Jersey today + tomorrow!

Anywho, to give you an update on the past few days, added water to the tank, and Lord, bestow the amazingly cloudy water upon me. Don't have a pic of it (was too busy panicking over the mess), but I guess I didn't clean the sand enough, lol.

So after a whole tangle with the filter (it made the amazing rattling sound, and my mother started freaking out on it while I was out at swim practice) and continuously applying Vaseline to the impeller, it's now fixed! It's extremely quiet, but with the flow on full, the Fluorite is beginning to have a large hole in the middle... Need to go adjust the flow + rearrange the sand again. Hope it gets better when I come back!

Side note, going to get a Unicorn Frappuccino! Wish Bobby could see this, he'd be flaring at the colors all day long

Unicorn Frap postponed to tomorrow. Again, why am I mentioning this?

Ditching blackwater set-up, Mom wants heavily planted, and since she was the one who's paying for the plants... I guess my Mom is the one who seals the deal. (Quote : "The blackwater looks dull. I want planted, it looks prettier.")

Getting pebbles from the beach tomorrow! Going to rinse and do the vinegar, if you were wondering.

Update on Type of Fish :

Was going to get sparkling gouramis for a while, but I'm not really in the mood for a sensitive fish - even though I've dealt with some in the past, I want a hardier, low-tech one due to schoolwork (even though they're so pretty!). I guess I'm going back to the Betta route.

In terms of bettas, I'm definitely getting a female, since they're pretty much underrated compared to their male counterparts (with their long, flowy fins - don't get me wrong, I love the males!), I want a single lady occupying my tank. I also feel like a female will be able to handle the AC 20's current better.

Cycling will start on Monday, btw.
 

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Can't wait to see it when finished!
 
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Unicorn Frap sold out.

After about 2 hours of planting/yelling/flooding my room, the tank is finally planted :


Going to start cycling tomorrow - finally, a week without tests and swim meets - because, well, I'm lazy. And I need a medicine dropper and a thermometer.

Also, plants are ludwigia, crypt undulata, crypt balanse, dwarf hairgrass and anubias nana. Frogbit is going to be ordered soon.

Better View :

 

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Looks great! Only thing I would change is the hairgrass, the clumps are a bit too thick... can you split them in half?
 
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Added 4ppm of ammonia, and 5ml of Stability.
 

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4ppm, wow! Why so high?
 
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Jocelyn Adelman said:
4ppm, wow! Why so high?
That's usually how I start all my cycle, though... It seems to have worked for me.
 

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That's all that matters
 
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What the heck?

Ammonia - 0.25ppm

Dosed back to 4ppm. Usually this takes a week, tho... Is this just me, or am I in love with Stability?

Lol, I forgot to mention that I misread Ammonia... It was 1 ppm, I was too impatient.

Ammonia - 2ppm
Nitrite - 0ppm
Nitrate - 0ppm
 
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MY LIFE. IS. COMPLETE.

In other words, I got Nitrites! The party's getting started!

Ammonia - 2ppm
Nitrites - 0.50ppm


...And I got overexcited and accidentally broke one of my test tubes.
 

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FlutterFish said:
...And I got overexcited and accidentally broke one of my test tubes.
I was able to order spare tubes on eBay. I didn't want to buy a box of 24 and a seller had packs of 6. I can find the seller if you want the name.
 
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STABILITY IS MY NEW BEST FRIEND I AM NAMING MY BETTA "STABILITY" BY THIS POINT -

*Coughs* What I mean, is...

Ammonia - 1ppm
Nitrite - 2.0/5.0ppm

I'm having a little trouble identifying the Nitrite, think it's 2ppm, but could be wrong...


Definitely 2ppm of Nitrites. Ammonia redosed back to 4ppm, and water level lowered for more circulation since I don't have an airstone.

I SEE NITRATES

INSIDE THE TEST TUBE

I SEE NIIIIIIIITRAAATES

AFTER 5 DAAAAYS

AND ADDING SEACHEM STABILITY FOR FOURRRRRRRR



(I am so, so, sorry for making you guys go through this.)

Ammonia - 4ppm
Nitrite - 2/5ppm (Still can't tell the difference!)
Nitrate - 10ppm
 
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