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Mystery plant just blossomed

Category: Fishtank Gardening | Posted: Thu May 07, 2015 2:29 am

This is a pleasant surprise!
I don't know what plant this is, and I certainly didn't know that it would blossom, but here it is! Can anyone identify it?




Mystery plant ( photo / image / picture from Beeker's Garden )






Mystery plant ( photo / image / picture from Beeker's Garden )






Mystery plant flower ( photo / image / picture from Beeker's Garden )






Mystery plant flower ( photo / image / picture from Beeker's Garden )





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The latest and greatest in my water garden.

Category: Fishtank Gardening | Posted: Sun Mar 29, 2015 6:47 pm


Anubias Barteri Flower ( photo / image / picture from Beeker's Garden )

I've had Anubias Barteri bloom for me a few times in the past, but never have I gotten 3 flowers at once!
I'm pretty excited over this.


Anubias Barteri Flowers ( photo / image / picture from Beeker's Garden )







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Are you considering keeping fish?

Category: Fishtank Gardening | Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 1:10 pm

It is a very rewarding hobby and works well with gardening. What completes an outdoor garden pond better than beautiful fish swimming in it? What is more relaxing than sitting on your sofa just watching your fish swim around in their planted tank?

I highly recommend keeping fish, but before you take that leap, just like any pet, there is research and preparation that needs to be done.

Begin by asking yourself these questions:
- Why am I considering getting fish? (decoration, relaxation, to keep as pets)
- Am I willing to make a commitment to take care of another creature that will depend on me for it's livelihood?
- What type of fish would be best for my purpose?
- What fish would be compatible with the local environment and/or environment I plan to build for them?
- What supplies are needed for my fish?

There will be a lot of research to be done, especially for a beginner. First and foremost will be to look up the Nitrogen Cycle. While you are cycling your tank, you can work on creating the proper environment for your fish and make sure they have a comfortable and healthy home. Since cycling the tank can take a while, you can take the time to research the various fish and pick ones you like, but also check the compatibility of the different fish you choose. Will they live comfortably in the home you have created? Will they get along with each other? Make adjustments to your list of fish and also to the tank to give them the best conditions possible. Your fish will be happy and so will you.

As a long-time fishkeeper, I will recommend the Fishlore.com forum. There are wonderful members there and great information.
I recommend this thread for seasoned fishkeepers as well as beginners:
http://www.fishlore.com/fishforum/freshwater-beginners/14296-read-first-freshwater-beginner-important-topics.html

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Old and New

Category: Fishtank Gardening | Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 2:08 am

These are the first tanks I live planted:

The 10 gallon Betta tank.
The handsome fellow showing off for the camera is my little guy Charlie. There are also about a hundred snails in there.
The plants are Wisteria in the back, Java Fern front and center, Tiger Lotus on the left with its floaters in action, and Anubias Barteri in bloom on the right.


10 Gallon tank (right angle) ( photo / image / picture from Beeker's Garden )



10 Gallon Freshwater Tank (from left angle) ( photo / image / picture from Beeker's Garden )


The 20 Gallon long tank
It is a bit overgrown, but you can see the same plants in there that are in the 10 gallon tank and then an overgrown Amazon Sword plant along the back that I removed and planted in the goldfish tank. When I removed it from the 20 gallon, it practically took the whole bottom of the tank with it. It was a very strong plant, but it was no match for my goldfish. I must admit, it did last longer than any other plant in the goldfish tank.
You might see some Platys in the pictures. There are also some Dwarf Cory Catfish, some Kerri Tetras and some German Blue Rams, but they are hiding. And, of course, about a thousand snails...



20 Gallon Freshwater Tank (right angle) ( photo / image / picture from Beeker's Garden )



20 Gallon Freshwater Tank (left angle ( photo / image / picture from Beeker's Garden )



Once the fish were all gone from the 10 and 20, I took these tanks down and replaced them with a 30 gallon tank. This tank has Java Fern, Anubias Barteri, Anubias Nana, Wisteria, and Anacharis. I hope to get more Tiger Lotus bulbs soon. Those were great.
The fish in there are Sparkling Gouramis, Cardinal Tetras, and Kuhli Loaches. Oh, and you might have guessed, about a million snails... Are you seeing a pattern???



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( photo / image / picture from Beeker's Garden )



See the little Kuhli Loach? Cute little guys.


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Cardinal Tetras


( photo / image / picture from Beeker's Garden )



Sparkling Gouramis


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Just a little tidbit on the gardening I'm more familiar with

Category: Fishtank Gardening | Posted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 5:44 pm

Fish tanks.

Yes, I have been a fishkeeper for over 15 years. My pets are the goldies. My ornamentals are the freshwater tropicals.
I don't bother with saltwater because, although they are beautiful, I don't have the time or the money for the purchase and maintenance of saltwater tanks.

Freshwater, on the other hand, can be just as rewarding and pretty.

My tropical tank is planted with a small variety of easy plants; Java Fern, Wisteria, Anubias Nana, Anubius Barteri, Anacharis, and a couple of Tiger Lotus bulbs. I will add pictures later.

My goldfish tank is unplanted with only rock ornaments and some driftwood. I am not being neglectful by not decorating much, I am being realistic. They have destroyed every plant I have put in their tank; even an Amazon Sword plant... even Java Fern that was embedded and growing lushly from driftwood... even plastic plants!
They either uproot and toss them so they float around, or they peck at them until there is nothing left but bare sticks. Trying to keep plants in that tank is an expensive insanity. Forget about it! They are perfectly content with the ornaments they have and the ability to watch tv with me, although I think they prefer my husband's taste in movies.

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