Another Spec 3 Update!
The diatoms are still in the tank. However they are showing up very slowly. My Anubias plants require is cleaning about once a week. The leaves that get the most light seem to have the least amount of problem. I've increased the photo period in hopes of replicating the effect to the more shaded plants. I've had mixed success.
I've recently picked up Nerite snail in hopes of combating the diatoms. I tried Amano shrimp but they stayed hidden during the day. Eventually I think the Betta forced them out as on separate days each shrimp jumped out of the tank.
Diatom question for the masses. Would I do better scrubbing everything down and the vacuuming up the water or letting the diatoms stay in places where I don't mind. The wood in the tank darkens considerably with them. After a good brush the water is a mess but the wood looks great.
My mystery snail is on some weird siesta. He isn't moving around all that much and spends a lot of time on his back. He recoils into his shell if I poke him and he doesn't smell bad. He used to spend a lot of time getting gulps of air up top but now he just lays around. Kind of weird. He's put on a 1/4 turn of shell since I got him in January so I doubt calcium deficiency is an issue.
The nerite isn't much better. Every morning I come in he is in a different place yet I don't see much change in the tank. I'm guessing he's eating diatoms from someplace but I haven't seen any difference. I wonder if my tank is missing something and the snails are having difficulties.
The attached picture is post clean up.
The S Repens at the bottoms has the worst diatoms. I'm guessing that's based on distance from the light. I ripped out one of the repens on the bottom left hand side as he was impossible to get to for cleaning or trimming.
The anubias are still averaging a new leaf a week which is nice. The one up top imbedded himself so much I was able to remove the fishing line holding him down.
The Bacopa Carolinia is doing well. The new leaves it's growing are huge compared to the originals. Once they get some decent roots I'll trim them all down for some tighter growth. In the mean time Skittles (Betta) likes to swim through the branches.
Skittles is doing well. Tons of bubble nests and his tail is gigantic and in great shape. The plants keep the nitrogen near 0. He greets everyone that comes to see me in my office. He just needs to leave the snails and shrimp alone.