Got some more plants...I think pretty much the final batch for this tank. Forgive the couple of pots in the front left. I just don't think Pogostemon stellatus will look right in this tank. So I'm gonna find it a home in my new project.
I pulled out about 100 Downoi that I found a temporary home for until I start selling them. Can't believe my good fortune.
I am pleased that my H. pinatifida is growing great roots now. In fact, everything that I moved around was incredibly rooted in the sand. So much for the theory of needing fertilized substrate to promote good root growth. EI in the water column is growing this stuff like crazy.
I got a couple more species of Nessaea..."red" in the back right, and "golden" in front left. I moved my A. reineckii in front of the pinatifida for some pretty good color contrast (I think).
I thickened up my L. hippuroides bunch a bit with some shorter stems. Hopefully, this bunch will not melt as bad as the last (though they did totally come back, and are now going to have to be topped and replanted soon).
The tiger lotus is just becoming a monster. I can see I will definitely have to trim it a lot to keep it from taking over. The L. arcuata needs more trimming. As soo as the new/relocated plants get settled.
I stocked 3 assassin snails to get to work on a snail explosion that occurred. First, I don't know where they came from, though I know it just takes a couple to get the ball rolling. And I don't know what was fueling their growth, as I definitely don't feed the small rummynose school much. Maybe it was just dying plant stems that were buried and out of sight that was feeding them. It got to the point that when the CO2 was on, I could literally net 50 of them each night off the water's surface. Either way, their days are numbered. If the snails don't get it done, I've got my eye on a couple of Yoyo Loaches.
The plan now is to work on my trimming and aquarium photography skills, now that I've got the CO2 and EI seemingly figured out and at a stable point.
The coolest thing about the tank to me, is that my old nemesis...algae...is non-existent, except where I want it...on the rocks. Apparently, there is something to this whole "keep the CO2 high" algae control plan.
I just grow enough on the rocks to give the Otos and the BNP something to munch on when they get done with the plant leaves.