I love the start til now on your tank! It has come so far and like all, has had many hurdles. I just got my finnex ray2 today for my 55 & really like the look. I don't have lids on my tank & leave the water level just under the rim & haven't had any fish jump yet, but am REALLY worried about my normal headstander. He is the 'man' of the tank & was 20. so kinda playing with fire leaving it open.... Love the red in your plants. really sets it apart from others.
55 gal plant newb
48" finnex ray2 slim led
I saw your rope light idea for imitating stars in a night sky. If you want to go for a night sky what I found to work best is using a blue background several inches from the back glass and back lighting it. Then once the plants are pearling take your photos. If you search the threads for Piercing Sky you will see the effect Im talking about. PM me if you want more info.
I took out the DHG since it was always getting dug up and added a Blyxa japonica.
I have removed one of my Panda cories twice now for showing signs of swim bladder disease. In the hospital tank I tried to feed him peas and bloodworms (he didn't touch the peas), then he got better and I put him back in but after a week or so he started laying around upside down again. Also the keyhole chiclid had a hole on his body which I thought might be hole in head and got some metronidazole and have given a couple of feedings of that mixed up in some Mysis shrimp (based on LFS advice). The hole is no longer fuzzy, and I'm starting to wonder if he just had an injured scale that got infected in some way. Trying to feed less and more variety. Also been doing more frequent and bigger water changes. The tank was a little neglected for a month or two. I think I need to be more diligent. I am also thinking of taking out all the plants temporarily and doing a really thorough gravel vac.