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Aquascaping: first attempt


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Behold my first attempt at Aquascaping (essentially decorating the aquarium)!  I went to Subscape today with Rob to get more plants, I bought another Anubias, some Java moss, driftwood and branches.  Frankly, I think I may have spent just about the same amount on the decor as I have on setting up the aquarium.  Turns out, this fish keeping business could be an expensive hobby if you're really trying to make things look nice but I think it's worth it.  Makes me happy and as it is, I want to try out another aquarium already.  The funny thing about this hobby, and I've only been at it for a week, is that the fish are the least of my expenses.  Perhaps it is a good thing I've gone for a Guppy Species Aquarium.  I may attempt a community tank next or just focus on Aquascaping and put an array of small but colourful fish in there.  We shall see.

There was quite a bit of effort involved trying to figure out how to tie moss to branches and then realizing that the branches were still far too buoyant (haven't soaked enough water yet) so I had to pin it down with the large driftwood I bought and the driftwood with an Anubias plant stuck to it and a rock.  Perhaps I should have read the instructions soaking the branches in a bucket of water for 10 days BEFORE putting it in the tank.  Oops.  Still it turned out pretty well, I had a bit of help from Rob with the weighing and him tying up some moss on the new driftwood.  The next step would be to plant some small plants in the gravel, here and there.  Maybe put some ferns in or a large piece of driftwood at the very back.   I don't know.  I don't want to overdo the decor you know.  I also found a place that sold river pebbles for $3.50 a bag, so I am tempted to get another batch of those.

The tank is taking a while to cycle.  I am excited to complete the guppies in there.  I can put 6 more in and I just want to pick an array of colours to go in there!  My guppies have a lot of personality and am enjoying seeing them explore the new set-up.  There are places for them to swim under now and new plants and crevices to explore.  I wish they'd stop eating the Anubias flower though.

Aquarium leggings

 Fish has been on my mind a while lately that when I saw these, I just had to buy them!

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