Well it's been a little over a month. I was hoping things would be much more developed, but I don't think I planted heavy enough from the start, and should of had more HC to start with. The HC is slowly coming back and it is peaking out from under the soil.
I figured out after about 3 weeks that my test strips for ammonia were bad, they still read 3.0 ppm after a whole month... I knew this couldn't be right so I bought a RedSea Ammonia drop kit and it showed 0 ammonia... that's more like it! I have since added the 3 Dwarf Puffers and 2 Otos, and all the shrimp are still alive from the beginning.
Once I put the puffs in, they were gasping towards the corner surface of the tank, was really worried. So I did a WC and raised the spraybar up for more oxygen and they were fine within 5 mins. Might of been pH shock, or maybe just low O2, don't know.
Whenever Dwarf Puffers are in a new enviroment, they pretty much call a "truce" between each other and stick close together and shoal until they get used to things. Usually if they see each other they chase each other away, but for awhile they were all friends. :P
One looks, they all look!
Closeup on Sploink
Peacock moss has grown quite a bit from the very small piece I had originally though.
I need some ID on this, my lfs didn't have HM or HC, but had these little pieces attached to their intake and I asked for them. They were smaller originally making me think HC... but now that they've grown I think it might be HM. Anyone got an opinion?
Also, there are tons of little bubbles coming from all my plants, my wood, and sometimes my substrate. Tons of pearling going on, but all these little bubbles in the water are everywhere and it makes me think something might be wrong...
Using the interactive tank designer made by mistergreen found here
, I came up with an approximate design I am aiming for. I have some HM on order as well as some Blyxa Japonica that should be able to make this possible. I might put some stems in the back eventually, but the HM background kind of looks cool alone, we'll see. Pretend the wood has some moss on it and pretend the Glosso is HC!
Thanks for looking.