So the Syngonium and dwarf palm are doing well. Only thing I've noticed is the newst growth it has when i added it died off, but I see new leaves unfolding so I think it was just a mini tranplant shock, the main/larger/old leavers have shown no sigh of distress though. I couldn't fit all of the palm plants into the setup so some are in a pot behind the tank, getting the same light and some of the tanks water once in a while.
The creeping jenny and new addition of riccia have transitioned well to emersed growth, I've stopped missing 2x a day and they've not dried out yet. I'm thinkning of adding some ludwigia to the riparium part from my 7g.. once it grows out of the water (failed to transition from submerged growth last attempt.. just melted).
The aluminum plants are growing very long roots underwater (longest ones are only 4" above substrate). If I intended to have fish breeding it'd be perfect for fry.. but I'm hoping my final stock list won't breed out of control and over populate the tank. Its also slowly growing new stems and leaves.
Spathiphyllum is growing taller and competing with the dwarf palm and syngonium in height but its not spit out a lot of new leaves yet. I actually think I was given two varieties of spathiphyllum, one has wider marbled leaves (domino), the other is more narrow and solid green, hopefully I'll figure out what subspecies it is as it grows.
The Cyperus Umbrella Sedge is doing ok though some tips are dried out, its not very tall or fast growing.
Pothos and Tradescantia zebrine aka 'wandering jew' are still in a race for fastest growing plant, pothos leaves seem more tolerant of being constntly wet (its tips touch water) than the wandering jew which will melt if leaves are wet.
Sadly the lizards tails I gotten (2) have died. I was told they don't ship well.. guess I'll stick to slightly more durable plants. They turned brown and the submerged part mushy, so they've been tossed.
I'm thinking of trying oplismenus basket grass one more time, see if I can keep it from drying out and shriveling up on me.
I am having some trouble with my little Dwarf taro though, its formed new leaves since I received it (its original leaf from shipping died off). The 2 oldest of these 3 new leaves are showing some deficiencies sadly.
From reading [this pdf file]
on taros.. I'm not sure if its a nitrate deficiency (though I wouldn't call these 'old leaves' at less than 3 weeks old) but my nitrates are staying at 5-10ppm even when dosing about 2ppm pure ammonia a day (still no fauna). It could also be iron, magnesium, or calcium deficiency. Calcium lines up best for the browning/dead tips and yellowing but my water is very hard (160s) and leaves calcium deposits on everything
. Sadly my area's water report is useless for getting actual readings on the amount of calcium and magnesium I have (they just list lead, chlorine, and nitrate)... but I really doubt its the issue. I'm considering buying a bottle of seachem iron to add to my dosing regiem and see if it helps.
In other news I grabed up some used small trellis rafts (3) and a big raft (1) from a user via roak. They also sent a wabi something ball but it didn't survive as a whole through shiping. Goign to see if the Bacopa from it will survive emerssed with the creeping jenny I already have. I most likely will be saving them until I upgrade the riparium to the 55g and have more room.
As for stocking ideas. I'm strongly considering 1 gold ram, 8-? cherry barbs, and 3-5 otos. Only getting 1 ram to avoid aggression, digging, and babies. I've been trying to find info to say if rams will or will not eat other fish' eggs and fry, as I don't want the cherry barbs breeding the tank into overstocked-capacity. Another thing I'm not finding consistant info on is caves for rams. Some sites say they need a cave(s), but owners posts say they typicaly do not use these, if anything they use 'lean-to's or just shaded opening in plant mass and driftwood groupings.
Once the quarantine is cycled I'll start with 6-10 otos (assuming I'll lose 1/2.. if I don't I'll return the extras). After they pass quarantine and go into the 20 I'll get the barbs, then after them the ram. I have a lfs I can pick them up at directly or special order. I'll probably do the latter just to get 'fresh' fish. I think I'll skip a cave and see how the ram does with my setup. If it looks like it needs one I may DIY one from black oven cook-able clay (forget name) rolled in some of the substrate to make it blend better.
I'd considered a different stocking list with hillstream loaches earlier this week (after spotting some at a local store) and spoke with a pt member about their care. I could modify the tank for them with some smooth river rocks and a power head for extra flow.. but I don't think the tank has/would generate enough algae to feed them (they forage constantly so even with supplemented diet they need their algae rocks) so I think I'll try the fist stocking idea for now. Maybe when the riparium moves to the 55 I'll try a hillstream setup.