So, tear down...Redo. Bladderwort was not worth fighting. I bought some shrimp with a plant in it, thinking the plant looked cool, planting it and thus taking over my tank. Should have been more careful, lesson learned.
My Betta obviously died if you read the thread. Sucks he jumped as he was reaching 3-3.5 years old and I would have rather seen him die naturally. I guess every one has to go some time, RIP Bobby Flay the Betta Fish.
I made some changes, for obvious reasons. First off, I basically had to get rid of everything. I did keep the very tops of a few stems and I hope I got ever single piece of bladderwort off. If it comes back, I will drain the tank and throw it out the window. I also cleaned the filter out but didn't put new media in. Again, if bladderwort comes back, tank goes out window. I will buy an Aquatop tank and move on.
I am trying to do a low tech "mini dutch" tank this time. I got rid of the drift wood and have just a flat substrate. I also changed out the substrate. I have mostly Flourite Black with a 1/4 in of Miracle Grow Potting Soil. This has worked really well for me in the past. Using just a little soil doesn't have some of the downsides I have had using a soil or MTS tank. However, it seems to help enough to be worth it. I have done this about 3-4 times and have a 100% success rate.
Lastly, I have joked that my light setup is a home grown ADA solar setup. I spent today making a new fixture using the same light. I ditched my plastic housing for a sheet metal one. I am the type of person who just measures once and goes with everything on a project like this, learn, redo later. Moving into my first home 6 months ago, I lack things like a bench vice, drill press and a band saw, all tools I am used to having around. I would have used thicker metal but I couldn't. Actually, I didn't have a workbench and used only vice grips, a hand drill and a hand riviter to do the whole thing, drilling on an old 2x4. I will likely redo this but I think it could work in flat black. I am planning a new mounting system as well but my structure is too flimly for what I planned. Light will likely be redone in like 6 months, lol, whenever I really feel like it. It does seem brighter so I hope to not get algae. If so, I saved my old stuff, or I can paint the inside black...or just redo it all.
I know that was a long post. I also know my tank is pretty sparse right now. I am trying a few foreground plants and just adding stems when I feel. This will be like 90% stems I am guessing.
Lastly, I have 7 feather fin rainbows from my other tank. I know it's likely too small for that but they seem fine. I will likely just see if they work or give them away (please give me advice if I am abusing them in such a small tank). The were not active in my 20 long so I feel it's fine, what do I know though?
Enough talk, here are some pics.
Home grown ADA fixture to the MAX (My fiance laughed at me BTW lol)
Needs more plants and a foreground...
OVT....Let me come by and get a few more plants off you, I will give you some R. Butterfly if you don't have it already...