Saturday, February 24, 2007

New plants

Now that the water's pH has finally stabalized to 7.0, I've added in some new plants:

White Ribbons (Dracaena sanderiana) - large thin green leaves with light yellow bands on the sides
Kyoto Grass (Ophiopogon japonica) - deep dark green, tall, thin grass
Argentine Sword (Echinodorus argentinensis) - broad green leaves
Java Fern (Microsorium pteropus) - deep dark green, narrow leaves with frilly look to them

It's nice having a small tank because just a few plants can create a whole new look. These plants came from Top Fin and were prepackaged in a tube. I found it odd that you could purchase aquatic plants that weren't already submerged, so we'll have to see how long they last.

I'm going to purchase some more plants, but this time I'm going to get them from the internet. Once I get those, I'll post more pics. And at some point, I plan on putting fish in here, too :) It's just hard making the choice of which fishes to stock.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Craigslist + RSS = Sweet Deals

Ever wish you could heave a "steal of a deal" pushed through the internet directly to your inbox? Now you can. I stumbled upon this neat trick last week and had to share.

I prefer a site like Craigslist. Search for [bills] and nothing else. What results is a list of people who are generally selling so they can "pay the bills" or "have bills to pay" or... you get the idea. Often, they are very motivated sellers. It is here where you will find your steal of a deal.

"But wait," you ask, I still have to manually search for this stuff. That's not convenient!

Enter RSS.Subscribe to the RSS feed of the search query you just executed (in Firefox, click on the little RSS icon in the URL bar), and off you go--in Firefox, just subscribe to the "live bookmark" and you've got your self an automatically updating list of great deals on craigslist.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Adventures in Aquariumland

I just tore down my old 10 gallon planted aquarium and rebuilt it with a new substrate (well, new to me, anyway) by CaribSea Inc. It's called Eco-Complete (TM) Planted Aquarium Substrate. Basically, this stuff comes prepackaged with everything plants need for healthy growth.

This is the beginning of my Adventures in Aquariumland series, which will be updated whenever I feel like it.

Here's my first picture. Very plain, very new. On the right are two separate pieces of driftwood propped up against the side and back walls to make a small cave for hiding.

At the left are some Italian Vals (Vallisneria spiralis) and in the center is what i believe to be Cryptocoryne wendtii, though I'm not entirely sure since I bought it long ago and never kept track of the names of the plants I was buying.