Well then! I've been really slacking with this tank and it's major update time.
I was having a HORRIBLE (and I do mean HORRIBLE) outbreak of algae and hair algae in this tank and while the wild types inside didn't really seem to mind, well yea I mind LOL
So anyway here's some images of the pre-rescape. I had some amazing growth on the xmas moss however it's riddled and currently in treatment for the algae. Its not looking entirely happy from the treatment so I may lose it
I'm also in the process of swapping over to RODI for all of my tanks and I've seen that help the water quality and shrimp activity! It's a lot of work but I don't mind it because my tanks are starting to look really good!
Anyways the major issue was a lack of CO2 coupled with light, nutrients and lack of an overly hungry plant (in this case the moss) coupled with a SEVERE outbreak of pond snails. You have no idea how much pond snails can tear up a tank!
Full tank shot:
As you can see, the plants were NOT happy with the situation. So I did some searching, and did a lot of information gathering and some research on some plants and made some changes (including a sponge filter in order to facilitate some surface agitation) and have been using excel in the tank every day. Here's the results
Some plant and shrimp shots
And the Full tank shot! There's still some recurring algae as you can see, but I've yet to add a BN pleco to the tank (I will as soon as it come's in and that will help alleviate a lot of that issue) Plants have been growing very well, shrimp seem happy (I have a berried female somewhere in there who is quite camera shy) and have added a number of fast growing plants.
The plants don't look that big but I did some maintenance today (apparently missing some algae in my scrape >< ) and trimmed and replanted most in order to try to get some rigorous growth going. I'm hoping everything in the tank will be 100% balanced out by the start of the semester. It's already a 100000% improvement. Just need some good growth in there and I'll be in business!
Oddly enough the plants have 0 algae on them...it just seems to be liking the glass. I don't see any stems or leaves affected by what's slowing growth on the glass.
I'm also trying to keep the amount I scrape in the tank to an absolute minimum since I have berried females in there and I don't wan them to drop the eggs like they did when I did the re-work a few weeks ago
Thanks everyone and I hope you enjoy looking at the tank as much as I do! Feel free to ask any questions