Time for a very well-needed update...
I spent the last 2 months in Coronado, CA with my family, meaning all of my aquariums took some major abuse while i was gone. This tank was pretty much infested with every single type of algae that you could ever think of. Thankfully i was able to remove a lot of it, but there is still tons of BBA on the driftwood, rocks, and java fern. The algae outbreak was mainly due to several CO2 issues that happened while i was gone. It was very inconsistent since the tank kept running empty and i had to get a local friend to refill it, and then it would be empty 5 days later... i figure there is probably a leak somewhere, so i'm using a different regulator from my other tank for now. Long story short, the tank went without CO2 for quite a while.
When i came home i cleaned it all up and gave the Staurogyne repens
carpet a big trim since it was very thick. Now it's looking back to normal... sort of.
Algae aside, i think it's looking pretty good right now... i'm just trying to figure out what to do next. I want to put a plant behind the Staurogyne stolonifera
on the left side, but i'm not quite sure what would look best there. I was thinking either Cyperus helferi
or just a bunch of Cryptocoryne wenditii
. Maybe more java fern? Or maybe i should just put more Staurogyne stolonifera
there to keep it simple. Thoughts?
Also, i'm thinking about covering all of the rocks in taiwan moss, and parts of the driftwood in weeping moss. Maybe i'll even attach some small Windelov java ferns to parts of the driftwood and keep them trimmed so they stay miniature.
In terms of fish, i definitely need more. I think i'll probably either end up adding a lot more cardinals, or maybe just a few more then a nice school of 8 or so roseline barbs. Or maybe i'll just get a bunch of neon blue ricefish and rehome the remaining cardinals. I DONT KNOW, i need some help with this one guys!