OK, Its been about a month since I re-started the tank and a bit over three weeks since the first picture . No scape here, just growing some plants for now. I think by adding 9 Otos and a little time, this diatom algae bloom is diminishing.
Here are a couple quick shots.
Lots of plant growths. I have had to trim some stems pretty hard like the Stargrass and the Largarosiphon madegascarensis on the right since they are growing so fast. It needs another trim already. I am dosing EI with a Wasserpest type auto setup using a Aquarium Systems 606 pump and cereal container to hold three weeks worth of ferts. The only fert I am adding manually is PO4 at present.
I also had to cut the Cyperus helferi back hard with diatoms on it, prior to adding the Otocinclus. But those little guys are keeping it clean now. The Cyperus seems to be their favorite. For a while the diatoms were getting really bad, but its quickly improving now.
And my new $15 triple red! He has three ladies to hang with.
A closer look at midtank with the Rainbows and Black Neons... My two medium sized Clown loaches and Corys love to hang under the root burl. I also added some nice narrow leaf java and a few Crypt wendtii sp. "Green Geko" from Greenisgood. Thanks Donna! And a few other odds and ends. Just trying to get the tank to balance. I think its almost there. That's pearling on the fissidens and moss on the Manzanita centerpiece.
The substrate before washing...
Washing method and storing method while I waited out the bleach prior to restart. I suppose I have this journal backwards...LOL
And to steal a pic from another thread - my new baby Boesemani fry (I think??). Really tiny and way over sharpened pic to show its finnage. It sure looks like Rainbowfish to me. Maybe three weeks old and 3/8 inch long. And it hatched by accident in my Cherry Shrimp tank. It swims very fast too and loves the current from an XP2 - (the current is bounced off the back glass)
Three Tanks...Eheim 2128 & XP3-90G, Eheim 2128-65G, Eheim 2232-25G.... Tek 4x54 watt T5-90G, Aqualight 96watt PC 65G low tech, 65 watt Aqualight-25G.... Hydors-90G & 65G ... Flourite in 90, 65, & 25 Gallons, .... Auto Water Change/Auto dosing on 90 & 65 gallon..... AGA member......