I went away to Florida for two weeks and came back to this:
It's amazing how much things can change in two weeks; the moss really took off. I also came back to a tank covered in mulm (
) and four dead ramshorns. They are dying slowly. I think they were of weak stock to begin with because there certainly isn't a lack of food.
I added an amano to eat the hair algae and I had no idea they were so messy! I watched it pick up bits of Flourite and toss them away looking for food. In the process, it was throwing mulm all around. It has not eaten the hair algae; just made a mess. I haven't fed the blue velvets any veggies or wafers since I've been back because I'm trying to force the amano to eat the hair algae; I know that once it gets a taste of other food, it won't eat algae. So I have no new saddled females because they've been left to foraging.
There's been another critter addition. The assassin snail babies are emerging in the 20g so I'm moving them to the 13g to take care of the mini-ramshorns and baby MTS. I'm tired of squishing snails. Every baby I find in the 20g is being moved. They're cute little things, actually.
I also came home to a berried female with eyes in her eggs so I knew they would be hatching any day. I have seen three babies so far but the weird thing is that they're orange. They're too small to be baby RCS that I missed when I redid the tank, so they must be baby BVs. The other two berried females' eggs are darkening and now I'm on eye watch.
I added three pieces of cholla which immediately garnered interest from almost everyone. I didn't know cholla was so messy. Bits are being cast off as the shrimp eat, especially that pig amano. I'm going nuts because I can't vacuum now that I have babies in the tank. I might have to buy more ramshorns because I've been told that they'll keep the tank spotless, ie mulm-free. (I hate mulm with a passion in case I haven't said that already).
I've been finding a planaria here and there and I'm not happy about that. I don't know why they've shown up because they weren't there before I left and the shrimp were not fed anything while I was gone. There aren't enough for me to treat the tank but I worry their population will explode once I start feeding the shrimp again.
WC is set for tomorrow as it's long overdue, three weeks or so. I don't even want to know how the params have changed after that much time.