Not much and a lot has changed in SSS1 of late. My boss wants to do a new tank at work and that means a fish order, which means I get free shrimp. On top of that, I scored a nice double bubble counter regulator that will feed both SSS1 and SSS2. But wait, there's more! Seachem sent me some Flourish Advance to try out. I hadn't planned on making any significant changes to either tank for a while, but the combination of circumstances sort of forced my hand. Since I really really really didn't want to put water in SSS2 yet, flooding SSS1 was the only option as a home for shrimp. That had been the plan all along, but the timeline got moved forward quicker than expected.
So what's changed? Added water, a filter, and CO2. What hasn't changed? Everything else. Since the tank's on the floor I couldn't really do any sort of siphoning so all the algae that had grown on the substrate surface and rock is still in there. All the plants are where they were before too. I hope this doesn't become a hot mess that'll drive me nuts. I'm hoping the filter media and shrimp will take care of it for me.
2x 6w 8000K AquaEl LED lights. Cobalt is now selling them under their own brand, and in black rather than white. These were free samples and free is best so I snagged them.
CO2: Unknown brand of little plastic diffuser with what looks to be a ceramic plate. I've used it in tanks at work and it's REALLY good at making fine bubbles. Plus it's stupid easy to keep clean. A rub with the rough side of a kitchen sponge is all it needs to be back to 100%.
Lights and CO2 come on when I plug them in and go off when I unplug them. That's usually 8am before I go to work and around 8pm when I go to bed.
Filter: Cobalt Clearvue 20 internal filter with a blend of granular activated carbon and organic scavenging resin I came up with. I'll be putting the sponge back in eventually, but I want to scrub the water as clean as I can in hopes of knocking back some of the algae.
All of the plants have been growing emersed so I expect a significant melt/die off in the near future. I just hope it doesn't wreak havoc as there's not much I can do to give the tank a significant cleaning/siphoning. Water changes are no problem, just no siphoning unless I pull out the shop vac and pull everything out. Of all the tanks I've done, I think this one is going to push my patience the farthest. I dislike the way it looks right now and hope things grow in quickly. I guess the shrimp won't mind.