It's certainly been a few months. Due to some, unforeseen circumstances, this tank got some serious neglect from the middle of August, to the end of September.
It's never looked better.
Does anyone elses aquariums seem to do BEST, when completely neglected. No water changes, barely any topoffs, just left to grow wild and free? Cuz when I was finally able to get back to it, my algae problem was gone, my shrimp colony had exploded, and everything else seemed to have settled in really, really well. I gave it another week or so before I pulled out all of the anacharis, half the rotala, and did some rearranging. At this point in time, I'm pretty pleased with it's progress.
While I still only have about half a dozen adult shrimp in the tank, I have probably at least 50 or 60 juvies. Mind, that's only as many as I can count outright, who knows how many are hiding back in the depths of the tank. Possibly I'm looking at 2-3x as many. The bolbitus still has a long ways to go, in the land of being filled out, but it's making steady progress, and moving along faster then I was expecting. Perhaps by as early as the beginning of next year, it will really start to look like what I'm picturing in my head. The rotala, ultimately, won't stay forever. As soon as I can find something to put there, it will be going. Ultimately, I'd like some vals of some sort to line that back corner, but the 6 week debacle of bad things happening pretty much tapped my fish tank fund. Thus, it will have to stay mostly uninhabited for a while longer.
I'm not really sure what I want to put in it anyway. Originally, it was setup for licorice, or chocolate gouramis. Possibly with a healthy school of pymgy cories, but I've also played around with the idea of guppies, killis, or a pair of dwarf cichlids. I'm thinking they would make a real mess of the dirt though, so not sure how I feel about that. Totally open to suggestions though! Mind, it will probably just be shrimp for at least a few more months. Ultimately, I want their colony to grow and stabilize before I add anything in there that will start munching on them.