Well, I clipped the leaves on the anubias that were "melting". It was strange, the leafy parts were turning brown and transparent and melting away, but the main stem and veins were intact and firm. There are still two leaves that look good, so hopefully it bounces back.
I also ran across a thread about the proper way to plant glosso (I had just planted the pots, minus the plastic part). So last night I spent awhile planting individual gloss strands deep in the substrate, with the leaves just above the surface. Hopefully this leads to more of a carpet look rather than the stringy look I was starting to get. More pics to come this evening!
Well, the anubias isn't getting worse, which I guess is a good thing. It still looks kinda gnarled tho:
The Glosso is planted better, I think. It was not nearly deep enough in the substrate and was growing up instead of out. I'm really liking the look of the tank these days, I just hope the Glosso fills in quickly
Still some remnants of that dang clown puke >.< And I'm having a little BBA, but nothing too serious.
Haven't updated in awhile and I've gotten some nice pics lately so here you go
Sadly I lost my female puffer a couple weeks ago I've added a ram since then who thinks he is a tiger barb, schooling with them all day long lol. I know the tank is probably overstocked but it is also over filtered and there are lots of hiding spots/ line of sight breaks so it seems to be alright. I am currently establishing a NPT (Walstad style) that I may consider moving the ram and/or the puffer to.
The Glosso has been filling in nicely since I removed a sword plant on the left and trimmed a bunch of Tiger Lotus leaves that were shadowing it. The moss rope on the top left is doing well too
Love this one. It is a composite of 4 separate pics using PhotoStich. I spared you guys from the 14MB original file, lol. I can post a link to the snapfish album if anyone is interested.
This is the new Ram. The LFS had him/her (any input on sexing?) labeled as an Angel-Blue Ram hybrid, but I don't think that's possible do to them being different genus'. I'm guessing it's a Balloon Blue Ram.
That would be a male ram and no its not a hybrid rather then a deformity that was bred into them.its really sick if you think bout it. I have had all kinds of rams but I won't own that kind.take him back and tell the store owner that they shouldn't carry them.and get a regular ram they are much prettier.
Oh, that sucks... I did a small amount of research on Rams because I've been planning on getting one or two but I didn't see anything about these guys. Thanks for pointing this out Problemman. Impulse buys are always a bad idea, d'oh!
Well, I had a cataclysmic event last weekend and lost 8/9 Tiger barbs the ram and the puffer I knocked the circulation pump out of position and either that caused there to not be enough O2 in the water overnight or there was an issue due to a "burn out" in the water system (see this post).
I did a water change immediately and then a smaller one the next day. The surviving barb seemed healthy, he was definitely lonely though. I removed an amazon sword that was was way to big for the tank and added some Rotala and water sprite.
Today I took the barb into Aqua Imports and let him join some friends. I picked up 3 dwarf puffers (1 male, 2 females) and a clown pleco. I did a water change while acclimating them and then let them go free. The puffers are happily checking out their new home and hunting snails.
Well, not too much going on lately. This tank is pretty steady these days. Eden Marel gave me some Hygros that I stuck in the back left, they are doing awesome! I moved the wood around a little and moved the java moss and anubias to a lower light tank (they were harboring much algae). I also added a few more puffers, to put the total count at 7. And I know, it needs trimming :p
A quick question about my Tiger Lotus. I have new leaves coming up through the substrate in various locations (see previous post pic, front center). Are these "shoots" or does the Tiger Lotus send out new bulbs which these leaves grow from? In other words, can I pull these new leaves up and plant them in another tank? Thanks!