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Hit 300 followers today! Thank you everyone, for sticking around and watching my tank progress with me.

I appreciate all your asks, and I love reading the comments you write when you reblog my tanks. I try to read them all, even if they’re as simple as “looks good”.

You guys are great~

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ava-bird:

timestoodstrong:

dormroombetta:

Whenever people are impressed with my tank, I’m very surprised, because I know where I started, and still think of myself as that same fish-keeper.

Two years ago, Ziggy was kept in a 1.5 gallon tank with a heather and no live plants. He eventually upgraded to a 5.5 gallon with a few plants, and over time I collected more plants until he ended up in the 10 gallon, heated and filtered, where he is now.

I don’t want anyone to be discouraged by looking at my tank. I honestly have never had a clue what I’m doing, I just try to do what I think is best for Ziggy, and look for advice from others. I’ve never had a plan for my plants, and never thought about my aquascape. I just buy cheap plants here and there and plop them in, and that’s all.

The fish community both on tumblr and other places is always so encouraging, and it’s wonderful that there are so many kind, knowledgeable people who have always been willing to help me.

Progress happens slowly! I just wanted all the beginner fish-keepers (like me) to know that it’s okay if you started small and have no idea what you’re doing! Get information, ask for help, and just take care of your aquatic friends.

What kind of substrate do you use? Does it require a lot of maintenance? I want to get rid of my gravel and have more live plants in my tank but I’m not sure how to make it work

Right now I have a layer (too thick, actually) of the black Eco Complete plant gravel stuff, with a thin layer of black aquarium sand on top. I’ve heard good and bad stuff about both gravel and sand, but wanted sand so I could eventually get a few cories (they need sand or it will wreck their little barbed mouths). You need to rinse the substrate a lot before you put it in, but after that, there’s no problems. Though I will also note that I rarely move all my plants around, so yes, it would be a little messy if you decide to do a complete re-scape or something of that nature.

When looking for live plants, a lot of it is just testing. The plants I have right now are actually because a lot of my other plants have died. These are the ones that just seem to work for me, so I stick with them. Every once in awhile I’ll try something new (but I usually kill it… woops).

Buy plants from other people and you’ll usually get a heck of a deal, a lot of people sell their plant trimmings for next to nothing, and it’s a great way to help each other out.

Hope that helped a little! Thanks for asking C:

I’m sorry, I always reblog to my main blog by accident or vice versa. I shouldn’t be allowed to run two blogs, haha. Ava-bird is the same person as dormroombetta, sorry about that. So yeah. There’s my answer for ya.

Source: dormroombetta
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  • Question: your tank looks great!! it really cheered me up bc i'm setting up my first planted tank and apparently neither of us know what we're doing :P (i mean that in the best way possible like "hey they're not pros either u can do it too") - Anonymous
  • Answer:

    I’m really happy, my post did exactly what I meant it to. Never be afraid to ask for help, and there are always plenty of people more than willing (and knowledgeable) to ask your questions to.

    A lot of this is all trial and error, and that’s part of what makes it so rewarding when everything goes right, haha.

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  • Question: First off, what a great tank. Saw it for the first time yesterday and I'm loving the way the frogbit has grown in. I'm wondering what your lighting and ferts regime is? I have a ten gallon also and am looking to revamp it. - carrionaway
  • Answer:

    Thank you so much! All these asks make me feel important, haha.

    I have my lighting on a timer to be 8 hours a day (On in the morning, off in the afternoon, and on in the evening, just because that’s when I’m home).

    The tank also gets a faint bit of reflected light, as it’s across the living room from a window, but so far I haven’t had algae issues from that.

    For ferts, I’m a bad example of what to do. I usually just dose once a week when I change the water, maybe sometimes once in between? I dose some Flourish (I think it’s just the micro nutrient Flourish), Potassium, Iron, and Excel. Mainly because three of them came in a pack, and it was also recommended to me to get the Potassium. I have a picture of them that I posted earlier in my blog as well.

    Hope that was helpful! Can’t wait to see your pictures when you finish.

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  • Question: Hey! the fish community blog is taking submissions for planted tanks! just wanted to let you know if you wanted to submit yours - betta-adventures
  • Answer:

    Thanks for the ask C:

    I actually did tag my last update with #AquariumUpdate, so I was pretty sure that’s all I needed to do. According to the blog post that seemed like it was it.

    Thanks for checking though!

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Whenever people are impressed with my tank, I’m very surprised, because I know where I started, and still think of myself as that same fish-keeper.

Two years ago, Ziggy was kept in a 1.5 gallon tank with a heather and no live plants. He eventually upgraded to a 5.5 gallon with a few plants, and over time I collected more plants until he ended up in the 10 gallon, heated and filtered, where he is now.

I don’t want anyone to be discouraged by looking at my tank. I honestly have never had a clue what I’m doing, I just try to do what I think is best for Ziggy, and look for advice from others. I’ve never had a plan for my plants, and never thought about my aquascape. I just buy cheap plants here and there and plop them in, and that’s all.

The fish community both on tumblr and other places is always so encouraging, and it’s wonderful that there are so many kind, knowledgeable people who have always been willing to help me.

Progress happens slowly! I just wanted all the beginner fish-keepers (like me) to know that it’s okay if you started small and have no idea what you’re doing! Get information, ask for help, and just take care of your aquatic friends.

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Ziggy’s 10g as of October 6th.

My duckweed and frogbit has pretty much taken over the top, while my java moss is getting a little out of hand down below. I’ll have to figure out how to trim it at some point.

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http://kai-ni.tumblr.com/post/98984007017/housebatbetta-kai-ni-fisholotl-holy

theblondeaquarist:

housebatbetta:

kai-ni:

fisholotl:

Holy shit, excuse me, but where do all you guys get hundereds of dollars for your aquariums? Seriously, arent most of you in like.. your early 20s and going to college?

Honestly that’s a bit rude of a thing to say. :/ Just because I’m 21 and…

Meh, I’ve only met one person who fit the broke college stereotype. Most college students have enough money to do what they want, whether it’s drinking, boarding, etc… It’s just up to the person and what their hobby is.

I’m an absolutely broke college student. I just buy little bits here and there and look for cheap items and sales. Though my aquarium is only a 10 gallon so not as impressive as some other people’s.

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personalfish:

dormroombetta:

I wonder where Ziggy is…

Peekaboo!

(I’m not crazy, just tired)

With the two pictures side by side, it looks like he’s super long and it’s really cute :D

Yes it’s true. I have been lying to you all. I do not have a betta, he is just a weird fish with a long neck. You caught me.

Please forgive me.

Source: dormroombetta
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I wonder where Ziggy is…

Peekaboo!

(I’m not crazy, just tired)