Fish Tank Reset – “Mississippi”

As I mentioned in last week’s post, I’ve been “resetting” the two ten gallon tanks now that my white clouds have all been moved into their new home. I have the red neon rainbows and sparkling gouramis in one of the tanks and it looks fantastic. That left just 4 tiny emerald rasboras all by themselves in the other tank.

I spent last weekend removing the gravel from their tank and replacing it with Fluval Stratum. I’ve had a lot of success with this substrate in my other tanks, and I didn’t like the gravel in this tank so I decided to switch it out. With the black background, the dark substrate really gave the tank a whole new look.

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I had a few new plants leftover from the last Buce Plant shipment that needed a place. This tank also had a lot of moss that I had never properly planted, so I tied it to the two pieces of driftwood that I planned to keep in the tank. I added some large river stones and a small piece of Manzanita wood to complete the look. I admit I didn’t like it at first, but it’s been growing on me.

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Emerald Rasbora

The 4 little emerald rasboras have been so shy, but they are so cute. I wish now I’d just put them in the larger tank with the minnows though.

I thought some buddies might help so I bought a few more, along with some celestial danios, last week to go in the tank with them. Nope. So far, they’ve all still been very shy, and they stay hidden a lot. This really surprised me with the danios. I’ve kept zebra danios in the past and they were always much more active.

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Celestial Danio

So much for wanting to get Scarlet Badis for this tank instead! Even though all of these fish are very small, I don’t want to overcrowd it.

There are currently no snails and no corys in this tank. I’ll eventually add snails to help with clean up, but I’ll probably avoid corys. I put quite a few corys in the big tank with the minnows and they dug up a lot of the plants. I was not happy about that! But it’s much easier for that to happen with this substrate than with the gravel.

I’ve nicknamed this tank “Mississippi” after the river. Yeah, I know these plants and fish are not native to the region, but I am and I like that name for it.

 

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