A Post of Some Value Rather than just shiny pictures
So it's gotten to be about time to trim everything back. I have to admit, I didn't expect Tennellus to have such a rough transition time from the last layout (it had a lot of melting here), but all is well.
Today, I'm going to do just some regular maintenance after the two week mark:
1. Clean Filter Hose and Lily Pipes
2. Clean Diffuser
3. Clean Algae off the glass of the tank
Pro Razor Mini is my new favorite tool ever. It's infinitely easier to scrape algae off the glass with this tool, due to the long handle (and consequently your hand not getting in the way). I can't believe I didn't buy one of these earlier.
When scraping the algae off the glass, make clean straight "up and down" passes - from top of the tank, to the top of th esubstrate layer. Only one or two passes should get everything off the glass and you'll be good to go.
Before moving on to trimming, I'm going to go ahead and take the dirty diffuser and clean it up real quick. Putting 1-2 capfuls of Superge into a Clean Bottle filled to the neck line (the point where the container goes from a 90 degree angle to a 45 degree angle) is sufficient enough to totally clean and polish the glassware.
I put my lily pipes here too for nano size.
Now it's time for the trim. Here I'm going to go ahead and cut the Tennellus all the way down to the base, as well as the Hair Grass in the back, and surprisingly, the Riccia in the front. When you trim you might as well go trim everything to keep the timing of the layout in sync.
Using Pro Scissors Short - Curve Type, Anniversary Black & Silver.
And we're all done! The diffuser and Lily Pipes are all nice and clean (I didn't get any photos of cleaning tubing with Spring Washer's, since I was distracted by a conversation, but that was the other step, just simply putting a spring washer brush through the lily pipes and tubes).
You can also see the results of the trimming here.
Dosing: Green Bacter after water change.
Alternating: Green Brighty Step 1 & Special Lights every other day x2 squirts, Brighty K x2 squirts.
Amano shrimp will need to be added sometime in the next week or so - there's some nice brown algae for them to munch on and devour.