I though that it would be super cool to make a polluted build (safe for fish, obviously). Has anyone ever used glass soda bottles, chipped bowls/cups, or other items that one would find in a creek by a city creek or lake?
That's a interesting concept, imo very few fish would look good in that setup probably natives depending on location. Make sure there's no sharp glass on metals and nothing that will potentially leach chemicals. I don't think you ment this but don't go pulling trash out local systems and adding it to your aquarium make it yourselfI though that it would be super cool to make a polluted build (safe for fish, obviously). Has anyone ever used glass soda bottles, chipped bowls/cups, or other items that one would find in a creek by a city creek or lake?
That’s a great idea, and even if I can’t get this tank set up, I’m going to use this in my main tank
If you’re creating it I think you’ll be fine. If you want to err on the side of caution I’d get some epoxy and paint it on the surfaces. Epoxy is completely inert and will harm nothing.Okay, thanks. What could I use as sealant for the garbage? Also, I can’t remember or see who said it, but I would be creating the trash, not dumpster diving for it lol.
That might be the harder part!!Okay, thanks. What’s not glass, or I don’t know how/ what it’s made with, I’ll coat it in epoxy. Now all I need is permission to set up another tank
Imagine this one with focused blacklight minI spotlights. It would be the coolest 1980s early 90's childhood throwback build ever.Now that’s just fantastic. If you do it you’ll need to find some toxic sludge barrels or teenage mutant ninja turtles.
You must be old like me if the 80’s and 90’s thrill you!Imagine this one with focused blacklight minI spotlights. It would be the coolest 1980s early 90's childhood throwback build ever.
Best not to call ourselves old, it may make those with more years than ourselves wonder if we have perspective. We're just starting to get a little seasoned, that's all.You must be old like me if the 80’s and 90’s thrill you!
That will cost a bit and involve some trial and error.The only thing about glo fish is that I wanted to do a betta, and maybe some adfs or cherry shrimp. Also I’ve halfway convinced my girlfriend to let me set this tank up, so hopefully there’ll be some cool pictures soon
I’m sorry I didn’t follow much in that post. Why would I need a Mercury injector? And what eggs do you mean, the snails maybe?That will cost a bit and involve some trial and error.
When I was looking at that work my geneticist said that a mercury injector would run me ~500$, then there is a few hundred more for the CRISPR setup.
The thing about your betta selection is that they put eggs in a convenient place and when you return eggs to the tank they will stuff them back in the nest and care for them. Your odds are also better as you want betta when I wanted to do shrimp.
To make glo bettas you would have to gene edit them. The mercury injector is how you do the insert. That is how my geneticist explained it. She works with fungus or mold not fish but she said that is how I would do the edit.I’m sorry I didn’t follow much in that post. Why would I need a Mercury injector? And what eggs do you mean, the snails maybe?
Okay, I understand now. I wasn’t going to try to make a glo betta, we were talking about two different types of fish. FungI are so under appreciated, I’m working on becoming a mycologist myselfTo make glo bettas you would have to gene edit them. The mercury injector is how you do the insert. That is how my geneticist explained it. She works with fungus or mold not fish but she said that is how I would do the edit.
Grab eggs, inject your edit, hope for the best.
I was going to try for my senior thesis... but the glofish company is coming out with them this year apparently and I don’t want to risk getting in trouble ;-;Okay, I understand now. I wasn’t going to try to make a glo betta, we were talking about two different types of fish. FungI are so under appreciated, I’m working on becoming a mycologist myself
Okay so I’ve got a few questions on stocking.
I know I want a betta, probably a half moon but if there’s another pretty one I might get that.
If I use the ten gal we would:
??? Cherry shrimp
4-8 Pygmy cories
if I get a 20 longI would use the above and add,
4 KuhlI loaches ( if compatible with shrimp and adfs)
4 Mickey Mouse platies ( mine are about to breed so...)
A few smaller tetras, not sure which kind
If you wanted both a betta and a schooling fish you could look into wild bettas - some of them look a little more alien-y and mine (so far) are super tolerant of their tank mates.Could I do danios or skirt tetras for the schooling fish?
I got him for $55 and the seller (Franks Bettas) sent me videos and let me pick out the exact one I wanted. I was nervous about shipping too, but in the end everything went fine and the seller was super helpful. Plus he does a lot of conservation work which I think is awesomeMy only problem with nerites is that they won’t breed, which I want to happen. I’m not really going for a toxic looking tank, just like and overpass where people would throw their trash in without thinking. That bettas beautiful, what did you pay for him? I’m pretty limited on my fish options because I have no LFS, don’t feel comfortable shipping fish, so that leaves me at the mercy of the chain stores. Albino cories would be cool, I didn’t even consider them. What kind of plants do you have with your betta? You’re right, they look a lot like what I’m looking for.
I think a crown tail might be cool!I was looking at veil tail and crown bettas since they’re $9 cheaper, have a better coloration, and some have a tail like the half moons.
This is where I got my red ludwigia - they were a bit small and some were green but oh well:Rams horns definitely have a smaller bioload, and I love their colors, but I don’t really know where to get them. I’m going to order a few of the plants you mentioned before, and hope I can find some with complaints about snails, or I’ll ask my neighbor if he’s had a problem with them. Thanks for the plants, I didn’t realize the red roots was the name of the plant lol. And happy to see that you understand what I mean by polluted, the others that posted in the thread were talking about what they would do, and happy to see that my idea has sparked off on so many people
I wish I had some snails for you. I’ve got 4 new blue ramshorn and 1 young red ramshorn (that may or may not be alive, he’s tiny and I haven’t seen him in a few weeks). But that’s it, I’m sure I’ll have some new snails soon enough but...Thanks. Pond snails could do but I like the look of rams better.
Why’d you decide on a female rather than a male? And any idea what color you’re going to look for?I’ve decided to do a 20 long if I do this tank! I just typed it into aqua adviser, with
5 black KuhlI loaches
2 peppered corries
1 female veiltail betta
100 cherry shrimp
50 ramshorn snails
and it came back a 109% stocked, I’m assuming from the massive number of shrimp and snails. Those were just guesses at how many there would be, as they can breed out of those numbers, or below them. I would be running a 30 gal filter, a sponge filter (homemade), and have live plants, so I think that I can keep this tank healthy. The tank would be seeded from my 55 gal.
Why’d you decide on a female rather than a male? And any idea what color you’re going to look for?
Also wish I could double check my stocking on Aqua advisor, but it’s not working for me :/
If you do this, don't forget to add tires!! If you find toy ones that kid safe to chew.....
Thanks, I’ll look into what they did.There was a thread with this theme several months back. It got off topic some, but it might give you some ideas! Pollution Theme 3.5 Gallon | Freshwater Aquarium Builds 407910
The females at my petsmart had better looking fins for what I want. I’m going to do a dirted, play sand cap, and the throw in coke bottles, epoxy coated cans,
Edit: just reread your question, it’s going to be a lighter, color filled scape, so I’m going to look for a darker colored betta. Why isn’t aqua-advisor working for you?
Thanks to this post, now I have to find a bike tire,
Ooo I like this idea.... I will definitely see if I can find a photo I like that could be printed at the right dimensions!Dewclaw, you might want to do a backer or something like that, have a a city that’s torn apart.
Yeah I’ve been waiting for it to start working again... it’s been a while though lolI just read a thread on the aqadvisor, they said similar things, but it started to work for them in a few days. As for the bike tire, I would use a deflated one. I also found out that plastics with 2pp or above can be used safely. Also if you tried to upload a picture of your betta it didn’t go through.
Halfmoon, actually. Her fins got nipped by the barbs, but it almost makes it more song the lines of your tank’s theme lolIt went through! She’s beautiful, and almost exactly what I’m looking for. That’s a veil tail, right?