Beware of the essay to come.
I had a death in the family. Sonic my Crowntail Betta had just lost his energy. He was living among some floating plants for the last month or two and only eating when i placed food over him so he didn't have to chase it. I could see nothing wrong with him externally, i just think he was old. If he fell off his island of plants he would struggle to get back onto them. I had him for the last six months. I was fish sitting for a girl who decided to move and dump him and two fantail goldfish on me permanently. Sonic was a friendly fish though and i'm always a little sad when a fish dies that has a personality.
Everyone else is doing well. I am cycling a larger tank i picked up for the fantails. It's my first bow front & has built in filters and lighting so is convenient. It's nothing exciting to look at yet, just small stones water and about 50 young ramshorn snails i am feeding up. They are helping me cycle. I have bought about $100 worth of aquarium gear selling my ramshorns. I will probably ditch the multi toned river stones i have in there for black ones soon. I just have none to put in there right now. I have enough sand to go that way but i like black stones in most of my other tanks, and already have a sand bottomed tank that i'm only half happy with.
Sold $30 worth of red ramshorns to my LFS
for store credit. Bought $10 worth of frozen foods and was eyeballing a dwarf gourami. I'm short a heater in a QT tank at the moment. I left the Gourami for another day.
I will be on the lookout for a similar looking Betta to Sonic (blue body with red webbing through blue fins. I have a female (same description) that i want to breed but sonic got too old. He did the dance with venus twice but didn't know to pick up the eggs and place them in the bubble nest. I hope i can find a similar young Betta to match her coloring. They seem common enough.
Did a massive plant trim in my 2x20g tanks. I let them get a bit choked with plants. I wound up with about 1/3 of a 9 litre bucket of Ludwigia repens, slightly more than 1/3 of sunset hygro and about 150 young shoots of dwarf chain sword. My Pennywort is being choked out though. I have a healthy supply in a smaller tank so if it dies off i can regrow it. Added some crypt Parva to one tank and crypt Lutea to both 20g. I have one clump of mixed crypts i need to uproot and spread out still, my hand was waterlogged by the time i got that far. Seprated some young leaves off my Java fern and moved them into my 5g betta tank. Trimmed and replanted stems in the 6g fantail tank. I was going to break it down but i may buy a small heater and make it a RCS tank instead. I have a cycled bubble filter i can move in there. I have a 3 foot tank i was breeding the bettas in which i may break down. I made the stand functional but never added finishing touches to it which i might do before setting it back up again. It has a lot of floor space and i am keen to get it running, scaped and planted now.
I don't have a good history with Shrimp. I bought 10 RCS a while back. 5 from each of my 2 LFS
for diversity in bloodlines. I moved them in with my Kuhli loaches. For a while the tank had babies galore, then the adults all began to die. I think they were having trouble moulting. Maybe the babies were eaten by the Kuhli loaches because when the adults died the babies all slowly disappeared as well. I have 1 survivor that is an offspring of the original 10. I see it about once a week in the jungle of my Kuhli tank It's full sized now but i'd like to get it some company and see if i have more luck with this batch.
I have no willpower at all when i see used tanks. My sister does some volunteer work at a local charity store and they often have fish tanks come into the shop. Last week i found a 2 foot tall x 1.5 foot wide octagonal tank that came with 3 used but working filters and a decent sized heater (retract the statement above about not having a QT heater, looks like i can grab my Gourami tomorrow) and some tank ornaments i will get rid of. All for $8. This week i found two more 6ish gallon tanks, one came with three filters, more ornaments and assorted smooth stones. The score in this lot was a nice big air pump, which i was needing to buy. I paid $10 for this little hoard. I would not have bought the last lot if not for the air pump which retail locally for about $26. I didn't need the extra tanks but I find it hard to leave them when they are massive bargains.