Finally got around to getting some pencilfish. Had originally wanted N. mortenthaleri but saw N. rubrocaudatus and liked those as well. Also, could not find the morts in the city for a decent price. The rubrocaudatus look AMAZING. The pictures don't do them justice.
Also grabbed some F1 rams from a local breeder. Parents were wild from Brazil and he sold me these ones to pair with the ones I already have.
So I went to a LFS and was going to get some fish when I struck up conversation with the owner. He gave me a whole talk about water quality which was very detailed, complete with demonstrations using his own merchandise that I did not have to purchase. Showed me safely how to keep my water quality good to keep my fish happy. Started by lowering my pH very slowly. I'm on day 8 of 12-16 days of treatment. No algae blooms yet so I'm happy (phosphate based buffer).
I redid my substrate from playsand to medium grain sand (1-1.5mm) to keep an anaerobic and an aerobic layer. my plants have responded well so far to this treatment
I also got a powerhead (Hydor Koralia Pico) to circulate water in my dead spot but also to use as a CO2 diffuser. One of the most efficient ways to diffuse especially in a low tech tank. One person I read about here used a ceramic diffuser which flowed into a powerhead for "double diffusion" he called it. Tested this and the diffusion is great too.
OK so pictures!
The whole tank shot. I moved the stauro from a line to discrete patches. I like this look better to be honest.
Stauro and blyxa
New Plants! Alternanthera rosefolia from AFA and Stargrass (Heteranthera zosterifolia) from Han
Sunset Hygro growing quite well. Had to replant due to rams plucking the stems til they died. Plant is ok now.
New fish added!
Corydoras venezuelanas (Venezuela's Cory). Got these from SFBAAPS
Cories in the tank by the inflow
New pictures of plants, fish, and tank update.
A. rosefolia and H. zosterifolia