Algae Wars Begin
So the 3g buble bowl has green hair algae in a few spots. I'm a bit pissed as supposedly cherry shrimp will eat it.. Well no food for you guys for a week, EAT THAT ALGAE! The lights are usually only on 6 hours a day, but my parents visited this past weekend and the room these picos are in don't have a lot of lights (usually have sunlight from window or tv on at night so don't need a lotta lamps/lighting) and wanted the room well lit.. so lights were on 2-4 extra hours. Back to normal photo period now and raised light a few inches to help reduce chance of algae explosion.
The 2g jar has a large diatoms explosion on the glass, and not enough snails to eat it off. I don't think neos (wild/cherry/rili) will eat diatoms off the glass, and the tank is too small to put an oto in to clean it up. I've never tried nerite snails and since its an open top jar I don't think that would work either.. guess I'll have to go at it myself at the next water change :/
In Other News..
I also have some odd extremely thin stem (thinner than micro sword) growing to the surface in the 3g bubble bowl. I can't tell if its growing from the micro sword or the blyxa.. but its split into 3 thinner stems and still going for the top.. I'm hopeful its some sort of flower and not a random 'wtf' tag-a-long plant starting to sprout up.. its definitely not an algae. I can't get a photo that focuses on it as its so dang thin so will just have to wait and see.
In the 2g jar I found a second wild type that survived! Never knew there were two, one must have always been hiding around the filter, almond leaf, or in the moss blended the past several weeks. But I saw both out next to eachother on the substrate yesterday. Unfortunately I also found the nicest looking of the rili (very pretty banding) dead by the filter (no clue why) and had to remove it with tweezers. :c
No sighs of berried females yet but I don't care if they don't breed as long as they don't all die on me (from disease, wc "opp"es, etc).
And to end on a non negative note, here's a few week olf photo of a cherry in the bubble bowl wearing a ramshorn baby as a hat (not staged, honestly found her(?) like that)!