Well, still no word from sweet aquatics. Placed the order on the second of October. Tomorrow is the 22nd, so that would be 20 days since I paid them. I have been more than patient. Next tuesday will officially be 25 days since I originally paid, and they say they ship 'next Tuesday or Wednesday'. I'll have given them three weeks to ship at that point. If I don't receive any shipping confirmation on either of those two days, I will file my pay-pal dispute thereafter.
My 20g looks so great, it's heavily planted now. Another special thanks to k19smith and enthusiast, both of these forums. The inverts I've gotten from them look great. The anacharis with java moss in the corner of the tank has created a huge environment for all my RCS to hang out in.
I added 2 very, very large black mystery snails from Petco two days ago. They stayed put for about a day and didn't come out of hiding. They're now climbing adventurously around the tank. My MTS orders are now breeding, and I see little babies cruising around in the substrate.
My LFS sells plants, and turns out has an amazing size stock and very cheap (small plants 2.99, medium plants 3.99, large plants 4.99). Large meaning swords that are nearly a foot in length. My jaw dropped, and they have over ten 20g tanks that are planted with the stock for sale. So happy.
Full tank shot:
My 10g has done some remodeling as well. Here's a picture of a bunch of 'Hawaiian rock' I bought at one of my local fish stores. The rock was very expensive, 2.99/lb. I spent about 40 dollars here, but it looks beautiful and the cichlids love it. This tank currently houses 3 blue kenyi mbuna and one electric yellow cichlid. As the blue mbuna mature, I see the bigger of the three is turning yellow. I am excited, because that means I have 1 male and 2 female! Perhaps we'll get lucky and see some mouth brooding as the fish continue to age, and eventually migrate into the 20g.
Full Tank Shot:
Blue Kenyi Mbuna group (the male is the biggest fish on the right):
And my one Electric Yellow Cichlid, who usually hangs with the Mbuna females:
I have gotten rid of my terribly loud tetra whisper filter. My Marineland HOB **** the bed on me. I was forced to purchase two new HOB filters. I lucked out with a cheap, but amazing quality filter. Fluval C2 meets the needs of both my 10 and my 20, and is DISGUSTINGLY QUIET. I highly recommend this filter, and for any future freshwater endeavors will be using this filter.
Sorry all the pictures are poor quality. I'll get some nice ones this weekend or sooner, the 20g is really something to look at lately - new things to find everywhere! I'm quite content with these two, which will hold me over until I can start my saltwater tank when I move out (which isn't until my promotion 1st quater next year...grumble grumble).