My hobby has rotten and I’ll try to help you out with what I can remember (based on experience) and by giving you sources.
First, thank you for stumbling upon the hobby section. I always thought no one goes in there.
Skip the whole thing and go to the bold texts at the bottom of this post for the answer.
About the t5. I really had no experience with t5 lighting fixtures per se. All the lighting I got to use were DIY (do it yourself) and I hardly made effort into looking and buying those specific t5’s.
What I would do was to look for tubes that had the appropriate color temperatures.
Pictured above is a piece of driftwood with algal growth.
I took this photo a few days before I left home, and after personally cleaning this 5-gallon aquarium for the last time.
That green life is actually an algae, a cladaphora, and it is the only kind of algae I, as a hobbyist, would allow to flourish inside my tank(s). The other algae hobbyists would want to keep is the morimo ball (yes, Japanese).
The leaf protruding from the algae is actually of a Java fern that has been covered/taken over and got stunted.
Take a closer inspection and see a small 'dwarf' shrimp near the algae. It is almost a centimeter long and is just halfway its full length.
The bubbles on/in the algae bush are actually oxygen bubbles produced due to photosynthesis.
This is not a painting. It is an art, para mi, of Nature. Algae.
(I know many of you are not yet familiar, but I used to post my expeditions and updates of my hobby, aquarium keeping. You can click here to see my chronicles and adventures related to this.)
The Sunday before my two-week adventure, that was 8th May, I cleaned my 4-foot biotope aquarium. From there, I knew I made a mistake. I emptied it close to 30% and poured in immediately with tap water. Chlorine. Yep. Just some 3o minutes after, I saw the effects of my hurry. I didn’t take the fish out, so, consequently, they started to become weak. I hastily transferred them into my spare tank. But it was late. Three angelfish and a Chinese algae eater died within that day.
I was already in the province when my brother informed me that the remaining two angelfish followed suit! Now the 4 feet tank is vacant from fauna except for the Malaysian trumpet snails. The fauna, Cryptocoryne aponogetifolia, which is so much prone to a condition called ‘crypt melt’, also died days after. (It happened when they experience too abrupt a change on their environment such as water parameters —brought by the huge partial water change.)
This was taken when I got back home. As expected, all the plants died.
Gobies, Halfbeaks, Gouramies, Shrimps: The Process
2nd January, 2011
Last day of the long vacation, and in fact, my deadline for this project has expired already along with the end of the year.
So I went back, with my ever supportive father, to the place where we first spotted the halfbeaks.
I was unsuccessful about improvising the suro (big net —analogy: two hand sword) and was only able to bring my two aquarium fish nets. For more than twenty
For the plants, I went to Cartimar, a shopping district in Pasay City. I plan to plant Hydrilla verticillata and Cryptocoryne aponogetifolia. So far, the latter plant was the only available at the time i visited the place.
24th DECEMBER, 1043Hrs
Finally! The primary inhabitant I needed for my biotope set up has been spotted.
Today, Friday morning. I asked my father for a ride to go to a friend’s house in a community near our land to return some keys (Our land looks like this). Of course, I wouldn’t let the opportunity pass without paying a visit to the waters near the area.
This was a continuation of my journey in search of the fish called halfbeak (Hemiramphidae), locally –and I mean by that, here in this town— called susuwi. Others call them kansusuwit.
About some two hundred meters further of the river that runs pass through our land, there was this structure that I couldn’t make out of aside from being a bridge or some kind of a dam. The water there was clean, as usual.
19th DECEMBER 2010
After a month of drying and soaking I finally put in the roots that I gathered (click here to review my mini-expedition).
The outcome is not close to the original ‘draft’ layout.
Click on the picture to go view the planning stage.
I had a hard time soaking the largest piece of root which consequently leached so little tannins and I don’t want it to do that inside the aquarium.
I sometimes see pieces of stones or small chunk of soil/land on top of high-rise buildings in the Metro where mosses grow. It’s probably the altitude that make them somehow far from the pollution. Like these for example:
I always love mosses, above all other types of plants, whether aquatic or terrestrial. I am always in belief that they are an indicator of a good environment.
I’m gonna backtrack the initial stages of my year-ender project, an aquarium biotope.
(this is my
third fourth fifth draft, and been changing ever since. damn poor net connection!)
The tank that will host the project:
Tank dimension and capacity: 48in x 18in x 18in, 255 liters or 67 (US) gallons
By the way, there are many forums on the net where you can join and interact with other hobbyists who are ready to help you. I, for instance, seek help on a local forum (mostly, if not all, Filipinos).
Click here to go to that forum »> <^^,><.
24th OCTOBER 2010
It was Father’s Day, June 20, 2010. I woke up a bit late since it was a Sunday. I thought that I’d have [free] time to watch TV and clean my aquarium, too.
But then my father told me to get ready and we’ll be planting trees! What?! I didn’t know what to think –I wanted to rest my body from the previous week’s [hard] work.
And I thought again. ‘It’s Father’s Day and this is a good chance to have some bonding moment with my tatay.’
He borrowed a pickup 4wd (not so brand new) from his old friend to carry the seedlings onto the land where we’ll be planting them. And so we took off, carrying not less than 10 calamansi seedlings and about 8 mango ones.
I’ve always been excited to go back to this piece of land in the more rural part of our town — green fields, tributaries and rivers, farm animals, and, oh, fresh air!