Hey Tankyou, just read through all 9 pages of your journal, I enjoy your sense of humor, makes me want to read more, and there are some gems in there! haha The planted tank comedy hour all the way!
Sorry I've missed your journal til now, looks like you've had some fun riding that learning curve like I did!
You may be able to tell this is the first and only forum I've really participated in and I've found that I'm very bad at it! It's hard for me to communicate well to begin with. Take away hand gestures and facial expressions, and I've got next to nothing left! It's crazy how a simple innocent comment can sometimes ignite some serious passion! Still trying to figure how to talk without pissing people off! haha
Or maybe that's not possible.
Following are some rambling thoughts I thought I'd share with you:
I really miss Oregon, I think you'll like it there. My girl and I will be moving back there in a year or so with any luck.
I feel your pain with the mts, I think it's just enjoying the hobby, but certain better halves strongly disagree! I got a good laugh out of the secret 20 stashed in your trunk!
I think your tank looks great, you are succeeding in growing flourishing moss, this is no small feat! Is it java moss on the dw? I'm no good at id'ing moss but looks nice
I think those green emerald cories are becoming my favorite, they're so jolly about everything!
I couldn't get p. helferi to cooperate with me, might have been because the package I bought was mostly brown mush, but at least I got them to take 50% off. You having any luck with it?
Have you thought about an emersed container setup? (*avoids angry glare from your wife*) This has helped me understand how plants grow, provides me plenty of spare of plants in case I kill everything (extremely likely btw), has helped recoup some money by selling plants locally, and is very easy and cheap to do. Anytime I get a new plant I always put some in the emersed, I put a tiny piece of s. repens in there and it has taken over a square foot without a single objection! All you really need is a container, some dirt water and light, even sunlight can work.
Anyway, there's some rambling thoughts for you, wanted to chime in and say nice work!