Hi guys...on my laptop now so I can post pics..etc.
So...we got this brown/tan gravel. We got one 20lb bag (with live bacteria) and another 5lb same color but dry and a bit smaller pebbles. We also got Seachem conditioner, plants, API testing strips (question about this below) and fish food. Why fish food you ask? Because we got a Betta...
I've kept them before so I know some stuff about them, one being that they are VERY hard to kill. So we will build our tank around him. Worst case scenario we'll take him back to the store and get other fish but hubby is attached already...he talked to him on the way home and is thinking of names now.. HAHA
He's been staring at the tank for the last hour...and so have I. I am glad we got it now..but what would he do without me! The logical one...
Anyways, the plants we got:
1 anacharis (they just got them in today- didn't have them yesterday when I went)
1 banana plant
Some came with "babies" and we were able to separate those..They guy at the fish store was nice and threw some stuff in there for free even though the plants were pretty cheap. The most expensive was the banana plant at 3.99.
I have some questions (of course) but I'll post them after the pics.
Mr. Fish (no name yet) is LOVING the tank. I've never seen a betta play around so much. He zooms around going around the plants. Just generally looks really happy. I'm sure anything was better than that tiny container they had him in, but I'm sure he likes the tank. Hard to photograph as he moves pretty fast. His body is blue and fins are red.
First- the API test strips we got...well I think they aren't exactly accurate (as some of you have said). I'm going to post the results as of 5 minutes ago and you guys can maybe help me decipher them? Please. I don't think the ones we got test for ammonia either unless there's something I don't know.
GH-General hardness reads 0-30- more so on the 0 side (goes by color)
KH- Carbonate harness reads 0-40 - color is more in the middle of the two
PH- reads between 7.5 to 8 on the scale.
Nitrite - reads at 0
Nitrate- reads between 0-20 (very close to white which is 0)
Like I said, the test strips go by a color scale (good thing I'm not color blind) so they aren't very accurate. Let me know what you guys think.
We still need to get a thermostat, the 30 gallon pump and heater (from our friend), some plant fertilizer (tabs I guess? input welcome)...some sort of rock or drift wood...or even a decoration that provides some hiding places (maybe a broken vase)...The "no fishing" sign can always be moved to the side.
We rinsed the dry gravel (5lb bag) and the water is not bad but I'm hoping it will get more clear. Anything I need to do?
ALL advice is welcome. I think that's all I had for now..I think.