I'm running only 2 of my 4 bulbs, but I'm already getting a little red on a couple of plants. I received some Blyxa japonica in a trade (MiSo sent me a LOT as extras), and I am completely in love with this plant! I can't wait until I get things mature enough so that I can offer some to others. I think a lot of people will love this plant.
My anubias is going south on me for reasons I cannot figure out. The leaves are just becoming skeletonized very rapidly. Other leaves that are absolutely perfect in appearance are detaching at the base. I don't know why. Some aren't doing this, but most are.
I'm also seeing the beginnings of BBA (black beard algae) which is really making me cringe. I did this to myself by getting plants that already had BBA (and was advertised as such so it was all very honest). I thought bleaching the plants would have stopped it, but now I'm seeing some in my mosses and a few beginning spots on my healthy anubias. I'm working to increase my CO2. I'm also considering spot treating with excel to stop it before it becomes a real problem.
I received my pH controller, but haven't had time to install it yet. I will try to do that today.
All fish look great except the one dead Krib as I mentioned above. I have seen a couple fish appear to be flashing, but I'm not sure because I've only seen it occasionally. They're showing no signs of illness, and the movement that I'm taking as flashing could be just nibbling on leaves (the torpedo barbs nibble a little).
I added another 10 cardinal tetras that had been in Q/T for over 3 weeks. Not a single death! So that gives me a shoal of 21. They are clearly very comfortable because they don't shoal, much to my chagrin. I want to add some more. They are beautiful under the moonlights.
Oh, I lied about sick fish. I just remembered that I had to put one guppy down and another guppy has just disappeared. I think it's the torpedo barbs. I've seen them chase the guppies at times. I think they're going after their tails. One young male guppy lost a good part of his tail, but it's regrowing and the guppy himself has recovered from the trauma. Another, older, guppy lost its tail and was much too traumatized so I put him down. I'm missing another 1-2 guppies. The tank is so full of plants, they may have died and been eaten without me seeing them.
Riccia is attached to small pieces of slate and is growing wonderfully.
The tank, in general, looks like a mess. And I have a bunch of hornwort coming in this week to help keep the algae at bay, but that will really make things look like a mess. I've given up on trying to have any kind of actual aquascape at this point, and am focusing on getting the plants healthy. I have quite a few plants that came in as extras from trades that I need to plant. They're floating in my 20L, growing great roots! So if I can find a piece of substrate that's not filled with plants, I'll try to add those in so I can have more stems growing in while the hornwort helps me to work on getting the lights, ferts and CO2 balanced.
I have a few pictures I'll try to post later, if I don't run out of time.
Vicki —Rena Filstar pimp #142 (four XP4s/three XP2s/one XP1) • Eheim pimp #301 (Pro II 2128) • Victor pimp #27 (VTS-253B-320)
• 90g - Journal
Pelvicachromis taeniatus 'Moliwe' ——
• 75g - Journal
Pelvicachromis pulcher 'Lagos Red' Better Pics 8-24
• 29g - Journal
Pelvicachromis pulcher 'unknown' —--
• 29g - Pelvicachromis taeniatus 'Moliwe'
• 5g - RCS colony ——————————————————
• 2.5g - Journal