I've been rather bummed out by this tank lately. As some might have noticed, or might not, I've been mostly absent from the forum the last few weeks. Part of this has been due to feeling totally dejected by my failed attempt(again) to keep shrimp and the total melt down of many of the crypts in this tank. A large part has been because I've been really focused on my dogs during my few weeks of down time between my summer and fall semesters. I'm the sole organizer of a local bully walk, the Columbia Bully Walk. Check it out on Facebook if you want to know more! http://www.facebook.com/ColumbiaBullyWalk
Yup, that was definitely a shameless plug! Hahaha... I actually spend quite a bit of time trying to come up(& implement) with better ways to promote and grow this group. With all of the college students returning to Carolina over the last few weeks, it has given me an opportunity to gain the a lot of new people. Our most recent walk(last Sunday) had 22 dogs and close to 30 people! Woo... Haha...just getting started, this was month 7, so that's way better then the 4-8 we averaged for a few months this spring!
Well, here is a shot of my happy dogs after playing off leash, running, swimming and getting muddy for about two hours earlier this week!
Alright back to planted tank related stuff! The crypt melt I mentioned was mostly due to me yanking out some wendtii & beckettii to share with a fellow member to help get his emersed crypt collection off the ground. I expected a little melt, what I got was almost a total, and complete meltdown of all wendtii and beckettii that was in the tank, mostly behind where I planted the parva foreground. Oh well, good thing is that it will grow back. I've got plenty of time to wait, as the tank only has snails in it at this point. Haha. I took the opportunity during the worst of the melting to pull the Fluval underwater filter out of the tank and do an extra throughough cleaning of it. The riparium plants have been doing well for the most part. The ones in the planted hob more so then others. The 'Katie' has started dropping its lower leaves, though it is still producing new leaves and a few flowers. Several of the seeds that I wasn't able to capture have started sprouting, a few in the planter and a couple are other places in the tank.
So I am open to suggestions on what to stock this tank with.... As much as I love PFR shrimp, I can't say I've ever been successful with shrimp in this tank. Not to mention having to go pick up ten gallons of RO water every week was kind of a pain. If I try shrimp again, it will be some time, as I've got the money nor the temperatures required to get shrimp at the moment.