quick update. The tank is still running lol. Growth has been strained. I just cannot shake this dang algae. My co2 is up as high as the fish can tolerate. I am dosing EI pretty heavy (more than the normal dosage for a tank this size) And I have raised the lights up higher to see if I can stop it. So far no go. I am not sure which type it is either. The glass algae is def. green dust algae. The stuff growing on the plants is thick and slimy. I thought it could quite possibly be BGA, but it is GREEN, not blue green. which is confusing me. I plan on treating for it anyways just to see. I have several plants that are just not growing the way I want. Some stunting, some lower leave melting. So.... I am now not sure if it is co2, or light on some of the plants. My stellatus is doing Very well, my h.sunset is doing very well. The two swords are doing great, and the crypts are doing great. My staurgyn (sp.), lindrina var. bacopa, rotala rotundifolia green are doing poorly. Flow is good in the tank so I am at a loss at this point. I removed a bunch of dead plant matter, rearranged the plants a bit and we will see if things get back to a normal state.
Fish, all doing great. They are happy and healthy. I regularly see males and females laying eggs around the tank. With bows, the risk of hybridization is high So I never collect eggs directly from the tank, I pull a male and female to a breeding tank for more fish. The eggs of course do not survive in the main tank, they become omelets lol.
I did manage to get a few eggs from my m.pygmeaya, so I have a couple of fry growing in the breeding tank, and will move them to my flora probably in the next few weeks as they get large enough to be with my green neon tetras without being consumed. Hopefully there will be a couple of m.herbertaxelrodi mops coming at some point too, I would really like to have that species back in the tank. if not I will start stalking my LFS to see when they get some in.
I expect to be offering some fry of the herbertaxelrodi at some point if I do get mops to Colorado people.
I got a couple pictures to share. For some reason my cell camera, which is one of the top on the market does not do well with my tanks. It can take some incredible pictures both low light and normal outdoor light, but it has problems with the artificial lights above the tank so I have not gotten any I felt were good enough except these two lol.
So enjoy. These were taken after my water change, the stellatus was hacked back to grow from mid height. so everything is really short.