Week 14 Update:
HC is continuing to spread well. We have been trimming the longer stems and hoping to give it a full mow next weekend to encourage it grow back denser.
UG looks absolutely disgusting. Almost yellowing and no noticeable new growth at all. Hopefully it's just in the rooting process but time will tell.
We've been thinking about what background plant to use and haven't quite decided yet.
Hairgrass seems to be the usual suspect and Blyxa can look lush and natural (but can be quite overpowering).
We'll play around a little as we are hoping to create something a little different.
We added some Lilaeopsis behind the rocks just to see how it looks and I think it will work quite well when kept low and used as an accent.
CO2 has been reduced to 1bps with the drop checker reporting 30ppm after the end of the lighting period.
Algae and SCUM
Had some hair algae make an appearance on the glass earlier this week. Took a toothbrush to it and it hasn't dared to return.
Typical cycle of diatoms which is difficult to manage when we're using tap water for top ups (having an open top and all :cry: )
Surface scum has been so frustrating and we just can't get it under control. Because the lily-pipe directs the flow of water downwards; surface agitation is virtually non-existant.
I'll siphon the oily surface out every night and sure enough it'll make a return the next night.
It's unsightly to see CO2 and Oxygen bubbles trapped beneath it!
Fish, Glorious fish!
We have introduced the following to our tank:
- 12 Chili Rasbora (Boraras Brigittae)
Juveniles but they do have a little colour on them. We lost one last night because it decided the grass was greener (and much drier) on the other side.
Will possibly add another 11 to the current group at a later stage.
- 4 Clown Killifish (Aplocheilus Annulatus)
Beautiful looking specimens. There deep blue eyes are just stunning. Can't wait to see them mature further and see the tails in the male colour up more
- 3 Pygmy Cory (Corydoras Pygmaeus)
Terribly cute. My personal favourite so far! They are so playful, school tightly and leave my plants well alone. Thinking to add another 2-4 at a later stage