The blyxa aubertii grew enough roots to keep planted so i moved the moss DW and planted a few japonica plants in its spot.
I still see chocolate shrimp babies - not many - but they are there. crystals still not breeding. I added more cuttle bone since the older one is almost all gone now.
Tank will now be renamed as "Blyxa Island" haha.
I added two sponge filters for added filtration and circulation. new FTS:
Also had my first tank related shrimp death today. lost one of the male chocolate shrimp. two males left. as long as there is at least one male left, my shrimp should be ok. chocolate shrimplets are growing. the deceased male had trouble molting - likely because of living in sub-optimal water conditions. the soft acidic water may have something to do with it. I'm recording pHs of close to 6pH.
The crystals are really nice and white. I can't wait until they start breeding. i wonder what i will get. I have SSS crystal reds and mischling CBS and CRS. I could get anything.
i like the shrimp, and the blyxa. but the tank has no actual scape. which is fine, of course, some of my tanks are scapeless, they were designed with other functions in mind. but that could be the reason your thread is not very active.
This is a shrimp breeding tank, not a show tank as I've mentioned before. You'll be able to see more of a scape once the blyxa aubertii grows in more. right now the old leaves are really apparent and are ruining the look. once it looses all of those chopped old leaves, its going to look a lot better.
The scape may also not be apparent because the tank hasn't matured yet, and I havent planted blyxa everywhere I want it to go. The end result is literally an island of blyxa japonica with one large blyxa plant giving it contrast. The whole tank should be filled with blyxa basically. We don't see it right now, but eventually we will