Updates to the Living Room
On top I put a glass round, some of my decorating books and a Christmas cactus plant. I think the table needs some other decorative object but can't figure out how to make it work with the plants, which have to stay. Next to it is another Jon Von Koert side table accessorized with live plants. So this wall of the living room had an old mid century modern oak chair with crappy upholstery (actually the colors and flame-stitch pattern are pretty just not in my blue/turquoise living room) that I always meant to change but never got around... A Nate Burkus spiky gold urchin and an african violet plant rounds out the top. I want a new pot for my plant. On the floor is my plant in an Ikea white pot. The plant stand to the left has been in my family for years. The coffee table is a large glass top oriental table with Ming style legs. On top is a mirrored/mercury glass ribbed lamp with a rectangle shade from Target, but I found it for 1/3 the price at the Salvation Army in perfect condition with the Target tags still on it. I'd like to add some trim the the bottom of the shade. I am also thinking about painting the living room and dining room so the space is more cohesive. It was a quick Craigslist purchase for $35 when my Room and Board sofa wouldn't fit up the stairs to my condo when I moved in. The style was fine for the room and it was comfortable. I'm not very good at the small decorating touches because I typically like clean surfaces. Currently the dining room is green and the living room turquoise. The tables are designed by Peter Hvidt & Orla Molgaard – Nielsen for France & Son along with the coffee table that you can't really see well. I love all the hidden storage this table gives me and the carved pattern on the table. The lamps have been replaced by mercury glass lamps from Target for $55 each. The end tables have a pretty carved design and creamy marble tops that match the octagon on the other side of the room. The mid century stuff was pretty and mostly good designer pieces but it never felt like me. I've been making changes for the last several months but just haven't gotten around to taking pictures. I like how the royal blue ties into the royal blue in the drapes across the room. I don't like that there is no place for guests to put a glass so the top will probably be tweaked sometime in the future. I added a small lucite tray on the one table. If it was a chair that was used in the living room all the time I don't think it would work. On the opposite side of the room I had my pretty vintage drapes in blues and greens on a creamy background (They are a little short but whatever. Next to it is a Jon Van Koert mid century modern walnut table with a white ginger jar lamp with a pleated shade and some pheasant statues from the 1960s. I could have taken the shades back but I really love the opaque look of the shades. I think I've mentioned that I wanted to move away from my totally mid century modern style to more of a Hollywood regency/Chinoiserie style. I'd love some black and white photography or prints from The Pink Pagoda or maybe move in the large abstract from the dining room here. Unfortunately the shade do-hicky that sits on the light socket is a little too big for the lamp so the shades rock. The new look is a pretty Italian regency side chair with a blue floral stripe. I've thought about a pretty greek key but am using that in a large scale in another room so would like something different here. The top of the elephant isn't perfectly flat so the glass wobbles. And unfortunately my picture taking ability hasn't improved any from the last time I took pictures of the living room. I think that is about all the updates to the living room I've made over the last few months. I'm thinking a small 4"x6" abstract. It's ugly but Sebastian my dog loves it. On the other end table I have a large Van Briggle Console bowl with 3 orchids in it. The orchids are growing new leaves but not blooming. I wish it were a little bigger but think this direction change makes the room feel more cohesive. In front is my 1960's Hans Wegner AP 27 chair and ottoman in a pretty avocado green color with an Ikea pillow. I also like how the leggy chair looks next to the solid to the ground table. Again this chair is more petite and not quite as comfortable as the loungy former chairs. Now I have a pretty peacock blue slipper chair with ottoman pipped in a cream color. I've got a pretty royal blue vase, from TJ Maxx for only $2 on clearance, with paper flowers I made. When I moved I changed everything up and went with mid-century modern and all new (vintage) furniture which never felt right. I have my eye on a pretty sofa from Room and Board in custom upholstery in an Ink color. It used to be a blue lamp, prior to that a wood mid-century modern one. In my old living room everything had exposed legs and it drove me nuts. Even though the table is probably from the 1970's I don't really want it to scream I'm old. The TV is big but I enjoy it. I spray painted the retro clock a champagne gold (kinda a silver/gold look). But realistically I'm the only one in the living room 90% of the time. I really love the way the room feels now. I changed the lamp on this table several times. The pillows are a pretty blue and green pattern from TJ Maxx. Next to it is a fruit wood octagon table with creamy marble top. I've used a black Nate Burkus shade for $25. I sometimes think about adding a bottom panel and a leading edge in a solid fabric to make them fit better. I think I'm going to have to live with it for another year or so. The chevron rug is still here. Typically more than I would pay but I fell in love with it. Its much smaller than the old chair and frankly not as comfortable. Oh I also need to hide the cable for the TV that runs around the perimeter of the room. I purchased the table from Craigslist for $125 plus free delivery. It still has the Murano lamp I purchased from Craigslist for $25 with the thrift store pagoda shade. I have a pretty lucite easel I'd love to use. I want to remove the violet and add another item to the table but I'm not sure what. It's held up well and the cream still looks pretty good. I bought it at the same time from the same estate as the striped blue chair and it was $120. Next to it is my elephant table I purchased from Craigslist for $45. The lamps are a white raised design with shades with silver linings. I added back the kennel to the side of the table. My couch savings have been diverted to other necessary projects like saving for a new car.
Stocking an aquarium?
I recently bought a ten gallon aquarium (20" x 10" x 12"). I have a filter that works with up to a 20 gallon tank. I have one of the stone bubble things, and I bought a heater.
I saw a the bettas sitting in their tiny bowls and felt real sorry for them, and decided to bring a male crowntail betta home. Well he was doing just fine, but I thought it would be nice to add some more life to the tank. I have planted live plants that are just beginning to grow.
I bought one black mystery snail and a ghost shrimp, having read in his container and online that they were alright to place with him. He hasn't bothered any of them or seems angry at all. Two weeks later, because I thought another fish would be real nice, I bought two white clouds and an african dwarf frog. Everyone is getting along great it seems.
What I would like to know is, since I have now found out that white clouds are schooling fish, should I go ahead and buy three more so they will school and be happy? It seems to me that since they are so small, that it shouldn't be a problem, and when I told the lady at petco what I had (she actually reffered to my tank as big, I think mostly because she's used to people putting bettas in vases and what not) she said that the animals I picked were perfect and he should have plenty of room, and that oxygen shouldn't be a problem with the filter and the bubble stone thing and the live plants. So would this be okay? I just want all the fish to be happy. And to mention one more thing. My betta doesn't seem to be very aggressive. sometimes he flares up looking at himself in the glass (which I hope won't be as reflective when the plants are fully grown), but he doesn't chase or flare up at the other animals.
Is your tank cycled? If not, you still have the New Tank Syndrome, or I should say the fish, to survive and go thru. Read up on fish-in cycling to keep tham all healthy and thriving.
White Clouds are cooler water fish and Betta needs 78 degrees minimum. Conflict of water temp needs. If you were to add more white clouds (a total of 5-6) this wouldn't leave much room for the Betta. White Cloud adult size 2".
African Dwarf Frogs need to be in groups to thrive and hiding places. With no eyelids they need dark places they can go to rest.
Can you return the white clouds and buy a couple more adf's?
None of them need a bubble stone unless you're using it for decorative purposes then, of course, it's fine.
Too much things to read...
The school will be happy.
Nice question. I had the same question when i got my first tank a while ago. Now i have a 72g tank and have really progressed. 10g tanks are pretty small but from what you have written, it sounds like your tank is doing fine. I think you can add two or three more small fish but after that, stick to that amount or else the nitrate levels may get too high, but they probably won't get too high because you have real plants in your tank which are always a plus. Good luck with your fish!
Can I keep my beta fish in these bowls?
I have 3 bowls that I bought a Walmart but they weren't specified for fish, they were just decorative glass containers, and they look to be about 2-4 gallons each. I put fish rocks at the bottom and bought a small plastic plant for each bowl, and I wanted to buy 3 beta fish (and keep them in separate bowls of course). do you think these containers will be okay, or do I need to buy the specified fish bowls? I will clean them every week since in dont have a filter. also, are temperatures from 75-86 acceptable for these fish? because my room tends to be very warm and I don't want to harm the fish. thanks for your help!
They should be fine. . . But, they have to be at least around 3 gallons, and they have to be able to see out of the container. Just so they get used to people, understand who you are, (it isn't nessisary, but it makes the fish a lot more interesting). The temperature is great, and its good youre not filtering them, bettas don't like filtration - and filtering anything under 5 gallons is extremely difficult-- the current can be too strong in small bowls.
I have 8 males, who all live in 2.5 to 3 gallon tanks; they've lived in them for over a year and do fine. As long as you can manage their water (watching the ammonia, pH, and such) it should be fine. I breed bettas, and my house isn't exactly HUGE, so 5 gallon heated and filtered tanks would be a hassel, then again, cleaning 8 tanks everyweek is a hassel. haha. Try it, maybe just try one fish see if it works out, however if you buy your fish from walmart, don't expect them to be "quality, young, healthy" fish. Try going to a locally owned pet store, you might have better luck finding a fish that isn't loaded with disease.
bowls aren't good idea no matter what size they are because it's hard to keep the water quality good . as i know all fish needs a filter ( because in the filter a lot of beneficial bacteria grows) and Betta fish needs hood because they can jump . also stable temperatures are preferable the water should be 26-30C , sudden water temperature changes can cause the fish go to stress or shock .
Instead of getting bowls , how about getting 4-5 gallon fish tank kits which will have everything you need to get started?
also before you get any types of fish you have to re-search about the ''nitrogen fish-less cycle''. in bowls especially with out the filtration system the fish tank cycle cannot be completed so the good bacteria might not be able to grow much due to water changes etc, also when the fish are in non cycle fish tanks and bowls the fish can only suffer because in new bowls and fish tanks the ammonia can raise quickly and harm the fish..
When it comes to fish it is honestly hit or miss. I happen to keep fish in fancy aquariums with fancy filters and more knowledge than i can handle. The reality, doesn't make a difference. ive kept bettas in an assortment of decorative bowls for years, it is neither cruel nor impossible AND IT WORKS.....WELL. Bettas are hardy, keep the bowl clean and you will be fine.My aunt has had hers in a decorative bowl for five years. Good luck and don't let anyone paint you as an evil fish abuser.....we all know those people are the worst
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Tetra-Aquarium -Starter-Kit-5-Gallons-Fish-Aquatic-Pets /12177653
this + heater= very happy betta
I always put my betas in bowls and always recommend it, I know this sounds crazy but our betas that lived in tanks were never as lively or happy as those in small bowls. I do not do cycling.
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