Added 6 RCS today and an otto to help with the green algae growing on the glass and plants.
Also got some flourish excel as I think my plants are co2 deprived. Ever since I got the Cories, and had to lower the water level for them so they could breathe, the plants have slowed in their growth and algae has started growing on the glass.
I decided to take this on from 2 fronts, I got an otto
and some more shrimp.
I think of the original 3 rcs that came from the old setup, the sole survivor was Big Red Momma. She has a great shine to her carapace and distinctive, pink racing stripe down her back. As soon as I dropped them in, she came out immediately to say hi. All of the news are full grown and one is well berried. Hopefully, but most likely doubtfully, some of the shrimplets will survive and not become fish food.
The otto immediately got to work on the glass and is doing a stellar job.
To solve my co2 dilemma, I tried a new way to diffuse the gas into the water. I tried an air stone again but the bubbles were too big. I also tried a stick from the garden that was dried out and had a very porous core; it kinda worked, the bubbles were small, but not small enough.
Finally I had a brainwave and went down to the street and bought a cigarette off someone, cut the filter off, took the paper wrapping off the filter and shoved into the air hose. Next I positioned it so that the bubbles came out right in line with the water flow and HUZZAH! The bubbles are tiny and instantly dispersed all over he tank.
It's kinda late right now, so I have disconnected the co2 for the night, but going to run it all day tomorrow while I am at work and see how things go.
According to the co2 calculator, with a pH of 7.2 and kH of 5, my co2 is at 0.53ppm which is terribly low
Let's see how things progress. I think the best thing to do would be to invest in a co2 indicator.
Damn, this is a costly hobby! But I do loves me fish