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Old 01-10-2013, 09:09 PM   #1
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Divided 20G long: Setup-> Now

I got asked for a thread with my tank in it, and realized that although I asked several questions getting started, I never actually started a thread just for my tank. So I decided to catch up
My tank is divided into 2 sections: original stocking plan 5 gallons for dwarf frogs and a betta and 15 for community fish. This is what my tank looked like to start with:
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:23 PM   #2
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The harlequins were the first tank inhabitants, and were very small. They have doubled in size since then. When the tank finished cycling, a betta was added to the 5 gallon section (May 11) and found someone in my city selling cherry shrimp on Kijiji ( May 27). The shrimp brought some hitchhikers with them. The java moss and narrow leaf java fern were welcome, the pond snails were not. I also deliberately bought plants and some small driftwood, and my tank started to fill in.
The "unidentified" plant turned out to be the narrow leaf java fern, and the "crypt parva" is not parva crypt, although that is what it was sold to me as.
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:29 PM   #3
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June 16 - Added Daisy's rice fish to my aquarium. First four fish turned out to be 3 males and 1 female, and I had to get more females to even out numbers, so the single female wouldn't be harassed endlessly. Interestingly, the fish that stayed in the store tank were much darker than the female that I got shortly after they arrived at the store. The darker females have never lightened up.
The first picture has my original lighter female in front and my darker female in back. The blue fish is the male rice fish.
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:40 PM   #4
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July 3 - the dwarf frogs that inspired this whole idea of tank keeping finally showed up at my LFS and I bought 2. They joined the betta in the 5 gallon section. Sadly, this arrangement failed at the beginning of December when I caught the frogs taking bites out of Pyro's tail. Pyro now has his own tank, frog free. Also, around this time, the hitchhiking pond snails started to multiply.
I would like to point out that my betta has always had clear patches in his fins. In pictures, this makes it look like he is missing pieces from them, when he is not. The frogs damaged only his tail and left perfect little semi-circles when they did so. Since moving to a frog free tank, his tail has almost completely healed.
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:54 PM   #5
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I like it. Really pretty Betta too
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:57 PM   #6
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Thanks. My LFS every so often gets a shipment of special halfmoon bettas (not just the regular veil tails). They are gorgeous, and they go fast. If you see one you like, you buy it or it's gone.
This is only up to July, I'll finish catching up tomorrow after a water change and glass cleaning so I can take pictures of the current look.
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Old 01-11-2013, 09:39 AM   #7
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Very pretty! It looks great. I am still waffling on what other plants to get, was at my LFS (my first time) yesterday, and got so excited over the fish that when I checked out I totally forgot to get plants. Doh. I'll be back, but probably not anytime soon (more than an hour away). I need to familiarize myself with the plant names more though, I was pretty blank when looking at them, couldn't remember what was a lowlight or medium light.

Can't wait to see more pics!
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