Ahh I must have sensed that you were on here looking for pictures...because I have pictures to give now
As for the life stuff, it's been good and bad. The good is that I'm on my 2nd week of my new job. I don't remember if I had said what I was doing, but it's more techy geek stuff- my new title is "Microsoft Exchange Engineer" (I'm an engineer now, oooooh,) meaning I'm doing email server work. So far I'm just cramming as much info as I can while I wait for my administrative accounts to be created, and my access card to be given to me. It's definitely going to be a big step up for me. The bad...well, I don't really want to broadcast it on the internet for all to see, but suffice to say I'm going through something that I never thought I would have to, and it isn't fun.
As for the tank, it is doing very well. Some of the plants are showing some deficiences from my time of neglect, but it's nothing that a little TLC won't fix eventually. Other than that, the plants are huge (especially those crazy Hygro plants,) and I think there will be a time soon where I'll have to do more than just normal maintenance trims if I want the fish to have room to swim
With that being said, I don't think the original name for the tank, "Serenity," really fits any more (and it hasn't for a while.) It's time for a new name...
Welcome to the Jungle.
I had been talking about a while back, but I'm finally going to get some new fish in this thing this weekend also. Now that it's hot, and I'm also working further away so rushing home on lunch break isn't really feasible, I don't want to order fish like I had been planning on before. I'm planning on going to a "Not-so-local-fish-store" with a friend on Saturday. It's called "That Pet Place" up in Lancaster PA (a good 1.75 hours from my place,) but my friend tells me it is the largest aquarium store on the east coast, and their selection online looks phenomenal. I'm going to let their stock guide my choices somewhat, although I'm probably still going to go with more Rainbowfish (and they have the Goyder Rivers that I wanted before in stock.) I'm also somewhat interested in Congo Tetras, or maybe even Pentazona Barbs (I'd still really like to have Tiger Barbs, but I'm a bit concerned they would beat up on my awesome Cardinal Tetras, so I'm a bit leery.) Regardless, I'll have something new to show on Saturday.
Speaking of stuff to show, here are the pics. I did take a new FTS, but it came out blurry and I don't feel like turning my lights back on and my bubbler off, so I'll get a new one tomorrow. My tank is also getting close to it's one year anniversary- my first pic on the thread is from July 15th, 2010. I'll definitely have a post with a before and after 1 year comparison on the day