aqua scaping


Heya! the name is Tilly! I finally made myself a blog here on Tumblr! Make yourself comfortable! I’m going to blog mostly about bio/marine biology, aqua scaping, ACNL and Pokemon!


Did too much work on the tanks tonight, which means my back is killing me and I am behind on Inktober! (Will be catching up if I work on nothing else for the next 6 hours, ha!) Progress on the 40 gallon, top three photos: 8 (mostly invisible) harlequin rasboras added! They are settling in nicely. 

 Specs for 40 gallon:

 Substrate: Eco complete, ST international aqua soil (hairgrass loved this stuff), floramax, and flourite black sand (soon!) plus bits of stupid plain gravel.

 Lighting: 1 Finnex Ray 2, 30" LED fixture, additional 36" model pending. 

 CO2: pressurized, 10 lb canister, using Green Leaf Aquariums v3 regulator with solenoid, atomizing diffuser. Dispersed via Koralia nano circulation pump. 

Filters: two aquaclear filters, sized 50 and 30. 

 Heater: Eheim jäger, 150 watt because cold climate. 

 Ferts: currently using seachem’s liquid ferts (NPK + iron and flourish). Will be switching to dry ferts and estimative index soon. 

 Plants!! Ozelot sword, java fern, dwarf sagittaria, marsilea quadrifolia, dwarf hairgrass, rotala rotundifolia, ludwigia glandulosa, anubias nana, and micro sword (I think, it’s tiny and…. Awkward). 

 Bottom tank image is McKoi’s 10 gallon overhaul. Installed floramax with caribsea sand on top. Back to Inktober!

The new betta is settling into his new home quite well (eating and making bubble nests, woohoo!) but he is nearly impossible to capture via phone camera. So I attempted this video instead.

I am torn between naming him Shere-Khan or Hobbes, because of his tiger striped right side (which will likely change over time.) Whatever I decide to call him, he’s still adorable.

Working on plants! It won’t be anything close to an aqua scape, but it will be nice to have somewhere to put trimmings from the 20 gallon.