Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: south eastern PA
So the "tree" is starting to fill in more, I can see lots and lots of little Christmas, Singapore, and Peacock moss tips poking through the hairnet now yay! The flame moss seems to be the only one not doing as well in the tank. I don't think its an issue of light or nutrients and Temp is about 77-78F max, it just hasn't gotten the straight upward growth look and has a bit of browning. If it dies I may order some more of a different moss to replace it.
Unfortunately the mazantia is hell bent on having a "fungus covered" phase ever after the several thorough scrubs and boils =.= There are also several frogbits floating around on top of the tank I got as a free throw in with some java fern for my 10 gallon a few weeks ago. They had no roots but are getting some decent long roots and one even became mother plant with an offshoot forgbit attached so they seem to be doing ok at least. I'd planned for them to be in the 10 gallon but the mild current form the HOB pushing them behind the filter and out of the light so they went in here until l I can rig something up (suction cups and fishing line to keep them in one corner).
A few weeks ago the tank was constantly making an intensely annoying clicking noise so after removing all variables, it was determined its the pump clicking when it has back pressure from the outflow being covered. After much tinkering my hubby made a quick temperary spray bar from left-over siphon tubing and re-wrapped the pump in foam to keep it form vibrating in the back chamber. No more clicking and gentle-er water flow now. Its not the prettiest to look at but he's looking into ordering small parts to make a much more professionally done spraybar (lfs don't carrying squat for supplies and the hardware stores only have fittings he wants in brass not pvc/plastic).
My husband also finally replaced the cheap looking lid that comes with the Evovle4 with a home made one from Lexan polycarbonate (like a flexible glass/plastic.. you can find it of cheap at HomeDepo and just need a metal or plastic cutting bade (lots of small teeth) on a circular saw or jig-saw to cut it). Anyways when he measured the tank to cut the lid it became apparent the cheap plastic of the Evovle4 can't handle the pressure 3 gallons of water, it was warped and no-where-near straight squared/rectangular, its bowed. So he cut the tabs of the original hood and super glued them onto the new one he made and left a little room in case the tank expands more. So its not a super tight fitting top, but its 1000x better looking than the old one.. will share photos eventually.