Well no news is good news, all fauna still alive from last update, was time for the weekly water change, all params were fine but the nitrates rose a bit from 5 to 8ppm so why not change the water. TDS was at 186, anything under 200 is fine here but again, why wait.
While I was at it, I trimmed away some of the bigger amazon leaves to let some light in on the left side, the left forest had stunted growth due to the bigger leaves blocking light. It looks much brighter now, but nothing to hide the equipment anymore for a bit, hah.
Finally, there's one big quartz geode slice that I've held on it since my very first aquarium, a betta tank. it used to have blue dye but that faded and leeched out decades ago. Just in case, I boiled it and algae dipped it before putting it in the tank - it's a more subtle look than the petrified wood so i put it in the far back right background to create a sense of space. Just a way to reintroduce some good karma into it, since that first tank was a disaster since I didn't know what I was doing and I always felt bad about it. Unlike this tank, which is a hit, the kids love it!