I'm back! It's only been...oh, around 8 months since my last update
What can I say, life intrudes...but mostly in good ways.
The tank has been doing well since then. It's gone through a few more cycles of neglect and re-growth. What can I say, I'm a bit A.D.D. when it comes to hobbies. Thankfully, with all the plants and its low-tech-ness, the tank is wonderfully stable, so it can and has put up through some phases of lesser attention (the fish always get fed, though!) Right now it's in a re-growth phase as I have been more vigilant with ferts and cleaning. Compared to my last pic, there has definitely been growth...but one would expect that after 8 months, even in the slowest growing low tech tank
I recently made a couple of somewhat experimental additions to the tank. I've wanted shrimp for a while, and I had that one oddball ghost shrimp that survived nearly a year in it somehow, so I decided to add 5 fairly full-grown Amanos. So far, so good, although they do spend most of their time hiding, particularly in the Java Fern forest side of the tank. They come out after water changes, and a few brave souls have taken to darting out when I feed to snatch some sinking wafers. The other addition is a dwarf puffer. To anyone who has read my journal, you should know that I've had a large population of some sort of weird mini-MTS in my tank for some time now. A friend of mine who is a puffer fan suggested that I try adding a dwarf puffer to my tank, and after some hemming and hawing, I decided to go for it. Again, so far so good...it spent most of a week hiding (it's MUCH smaller than the other fish in the tank, some of which thought it was food at first,) but now it's out and about during the day and ignored by everyone else in the tank. It's definitely grown in size already, and every time I see it has a nice round belly, so it must be gorging on snails (good!) I know this can be an aggressive fish, but the majority of the tank is semi-aggressive anyways, so I'm hoping for the best long-term. In the worst case, I will set up a nano for it if it becomes too much of a bastard.
My Bosemani rainbows that I added last summer have come into their own, all three are males and have colored up wonderfully. They spend pretty much all day flaring at and chasing each other. All 6 of my Goyder River rainbows are still doing well. My Angelfish is pretty much full grown. The Cardinals are among the biggest and happiest looking examples of their species I've seen. And the Cories are always breeding (and getting their eggs eaten
Still no new tanks...I almost bit when Petsmart had a bunch of tanks on sale recently, but I've had other expenses. I still have that 37g in my basement. I'm about 50/50 on what I want to do with it, either that tiger barb species tank I've talked about before, or an Anole vivarium. Maybe one of those will happen this year, lol.
Anyways, here are a couple of photos that I took last week. I'll have to get some more soon.
FTS (the big hygro in the center that was so prominent in my last photos months ago is still there, it's just been cut down recently since it was at the surface. Look at how big the Anubias and Java Fern are now!):
The King/Queen/Bee-otch of the tank (no clue on the gender, but this fish can be downright cranky when hungry...but still passive otherwise):