No photo updates today, just ramblings (may add photos tomorrow)
"Waldo" the forever hiding oto was finally found.. a colorless corpse. The other 4 otos and Arist'oto' are still fine and active. The lfs is still sold out so haven't been able to replace 'em yet.
2 of my anubias had rhizome rot, had to lop off half my coffefoolia (NOOOO) and one of the newer nanas.
Several of the newest anubias had dead/dieing leaves (most likely old emersed growth) had to cut off, lost a bit of the 'thick leafy jungle' look :/
A light (and especially checkered) colored table cloth is just a bad idea.. its getting stains from mulm, plants, etc.. really leaning towards that black cover...
Ludwigia arcuata x repens has new sexy leaves (a bit thicker and more color than the narrow older leaves).. will get a photo of it soon promise.
The unknown mystery stems seem to be finally growing more (they kind of stagnated in the 10g).
All plants in the hob (except maidenhair fern) are doing well and growing, new leaves on everything (yay).
Aside from Waldo, everyone's still alive and getting along just fine.
Otos have been keeping the tank algae free for me (I was so worried about a diatom explosion), only found bba on a dieing anubias leaf which I sniped off.
Added gloso and brazilian pennywort from the 10g. Going to let the gloso grow wild/unmanaged and hope it slowly carpets for me. The pennywort will be grown to the surface to corral floaters and maybe even allowed to grow up from there to hang with the riparium plants.
Added 2 mini sponge filters hooked up to a whisper 10 to cycle (they will be moved to the shrimp bowl and jar in a few weeks).
Ruellia 'Katie' and Cyperus Umbrella Sedge are not in the best condition, haven't bounced back yet.. but not dead.
Maidenhair Fern shows signs of shock from transition and no new growth, also the [censor] cat got a hold of it when i had it out of the filter for 30 seconds and shredded some leaves (i really hate that white meowing monster sometimes)
but its not dead at least.
Threw in 4 Malaysian trumpet snails to stir up the sand for me (mostly been doing it during water changes by stuffing siphon down deep to suck up the air bubbles in case its bad gas).
Sponge intake cover on the HOB got clogged with gunk and needed cleaned (thought the filter was starting to KO on me but thankfully not).
Asti'oto' loves to watch me do water tests since i sit in front of the tank to use its light.
Oh wait I lied! Here's a photo from Saturday I like to call "oto pinwheel" (someones facing the wrong way...) and the betta did eat some of this zuchini too..
also decided, Arist'oto' will stay in the tank, i think he and the otos would be sad to be separated.. am looking for some peaceful (non fin nipping) small schooling fish to stick in here with them.. considering the smaller rainbow breeds, thoughts?