So stupid me, decided to put the anubias in the 10g (keeping emersed) and move the filter back to 20g (without washing).. btw found 2 more shrimp still alive in the 10g when doing this O.o sneaky buggers, moved them to the 3g bubble bowl. AND buy some otos at petsmart and put them in the 20g (and 7g) without quarantining.... Well I paid for that... 3 days 3 dead fish, 2 of the 3 otos and Arist'oto' passed. I don't know what made the otos die, they were dripped in and lights kept off to reduce stress.. both corpses were very pale when found and removed. Betta contracted.. something that made his face white and go blind, and then die all in the same day. Here is the lone survivor (who is usually hiding)
He's a bit pale but not dead yet. Treating tank with Melafix from API since I don't know what killed the others (also dosing 7g in case its a disease that came in with the otos.. no issues in that tank yet) and don't have anything stronger to dose that won't kill plants off.
I'm worried its columnaris, but since the last oto is not dead yet.. I'm hoping not, and just some nasties come in on the 2 otos, betta pecked at a corpse before i got it and and got the nastyness too and k.o... If it is columnaris then I'd expect the last oto to be dead in a few days.. and if so I'll simply not put any fauna in the tank for 2 months (just plants) to let whatever infection was in there die off from lack of a host, then start over and re-cycle it... or maybe just keep it fish-less permanently since I do have a bottle of Seachem nitrogen...
As for plants in the tank.. not been too happy with the new ones.. I bought some hygro (corymbosa and corymbosa 'angustifola') which is melting faster than its growing, Bacopa Carolina which is melting all its old high growth light leaves, giant hair grass.. getting browning at the base, and another dwarf lily which is lacking in color from my other one (in 7g) and has some.. white fungus growing in a small patch on it.
The plants on top are doing well.. aluminum plant is sooo sloooow growing I decided to trim it off the long barren stem and replant. The umbrella sedge is doing well and has nice new light green growth cropping up. The wandering jew make the pothos look like a joke for growth, had to trim a lot to keep it from sagging into the water and rotting the stem (kinda hating the butchered look of the hob now). Pothos has moderate growth, and the fittonia albivenis is a very slow grower.
The planter I made is.. not very strong (no surprise) I tired keeping it from sagging with media in it by using fishing line to loop from the front to the back mesh.. still flimsy so may toss and get more real riparium planters or try clear shower baskets if i can find some for cheaper price. Stuffed the wandering jew clippings and the old aluminum plant stock (no leaves after trim.. but has root) in the flimsy planter, and a few stems in the smaller HOB. Wonder if the aluminum plant stalk can generate a new leaf without any existing ones.. will have to see (if not it gets tossed).
Once the disease thing is settled and I figure out if my melting plants will give me new growth or not I'll figure out a new plant list (as needed) and re-scpae the tank again. I bought a large mazantia from [Ebay Link Removed] that I'm still waiting on the seller to ship... and want to slap it in with its 'trunk' sticking out of the water and have slits sawed or holes drilled into it to put some more riparium plants on it, with the smaller thinner branches below water to make a little maze/root system sorta fun thing.... maybe.. i dunno yet, we'll see what I come up with once it gets here and I can mess with it in the tank (won't do until tank medication is done).
For new plant scape I was thinking of using: hygro tiger as more of mine grows and can trim (love this stuff), hydro japan, needle leaf java (would get more), possibly pennywort (if mine doesn't melt) to be a submerged to emersed grower, whatever hygro doesn't melt + the compacta and pinnatifida (or other low light hygro) versions, and the dwarf lily if its lives (plus 1-2 more) and the giant hair grass . Putting the low light stuff around the driftwood and medium light plants more upfront or in better lit areas, throw in a lot of the almond leaves i have to get a more 'black water' look, and focus on making the riparium part look a bit cleaner but dense.. but still kinda up in the air about this..If i lose most of the current plants I'll figure somethign else out...
anyways blah blah hers a crappy quick lights-out tank shot of how it sits atm.
I have the black table cloth to replace the patchwork fuglyness... I'm just lazy about breaking out the sewing machine and having to use it to customize the new table cover ^^''' Will have it done before the new wood+plants scape is declared finished.
if you're wondering whats in the tupperware on the shelf above: black=black diamond snad + mts snail babies I haven't fished out yet, 3 stained water bins to the right of it hold black worms for my husbands 12g dwarf puffer tank (going to go wash them in a moment), and the mystery under the cardboard on the end.. is what started as 4 black worms from another seller... have been scared to look under there as I've admittedly forgotten to clean that one's water...and rotted black worms is a smell that I can't even describe... but its the most foul of foul things I've smelt in my life (I could work nursing homes as bed pan cleaner and not be phased by the stench after smelling the rotted worms I got... so yeh... that shoudl give a hint to the nastyness of it)
[EDIT] FML ... Just found duplicate sold listing of the driftwood I bought..the sort of thing you can't have duplicates of... And using exact same photos zoo were [censor] you eBay and your fraudulent sellers and [censor] you seller for wrecking another of my dreams with your false listings, taking my money, and wasting my time! Damn it will nothing ever go my way for this tank? AAAARRRGGGG