Photo update time! The technical qualities of this photo look like crap compared to my last one, so I'll have to play with my camera settings and try again a different night. But you get the gist. Sorry if it hurts your eyes as much as it's hurting mine, haha.
It's been almost a month since the last FTS and the plants have really been filling in nicely. I've trimmed the ludwigia and re-planted the tops twice. The dwarf sag was having some decay and BBA issues, so at OVT's suggestion I pulled them up, trimmed the rotting old roots that was causing the problem, and re-planted. I'm still waiting for it to really take off, but they all have healthy roots now and haven't been melting since the root treatment. No more algae on them, either!
My red tiger lotus lost all leaves while adjusting, but it now has five healthy leaves that are slooooooowly getting larger. It seems to be a slow grower and I'm still waiting for it to peek up between the driftwood, but it's getting direct light from above and looks happy.
I started noticing some staghorn algae on a few leaves and some BBA on my spray bar, but a few spot treatments of Excel have cleared it up. I have been dosing Excel every other day and dry fertilizers on a weekly low-light/EI regime.
I also moved the spray bar over to the left side to improve my water circulation.
Still figuring out what I want to do with the left side. I'm thinking of getting rid of the large round rock in the left back and trying to decide on a foreground plant to create a visual hierarchy for that chaos. I'm hoping my Alternanthera reineckii will continue to grow and propagate so I can bring some of that gorgeous pink over to the other side.
I just tied the moss on to the driftwood today, but I'm not pleased with the placement. It doesn't look natural to me. I'll have to look at some examples to mimic how and where moss would grow naturally. I'm trying to avoid covering up too much of the wood because I like the contrast of the dark wood against the green background.
In fauna-related news, one of my Amano shrimp pranked me into thinking he had died... until I realized it was a molt. My lone guppy is having the time of his life reigning over the snails and trying to eat/play with the Amanos, whom have been named Bubba and Forrest by my husband.