But I'm not going to be tearing this down until I either have a full carpet, or the algae starts crawling out of the tank, having reached sentience.
So, about that.
If you've ever wondered what happens when you leave a tank in the care of your brother for 3 days, and it subsequently turns out that he never shuts the lights or co2 off
during that time, well, that is what happens.
I sucked out what I could with airline tubing, scraped down the glass with a razor, trimmed off the emersed hair grass growth that was plastered in algae, did a massive water change, and then drowned my sorrows in beer. Frank advised to add 4-5 drops of phyton git, on top of my usual dosing.
In other news, I think I'm going to take this tank in a different direction, and add some sprigs of hydrocoathanger sp. japan that I have left over from my burl and WK, since I like the growth with the hair grass so much. Mostly though, it's because I have completely run out of care for this tank. It's obviously never going to be the perfectly manicured iwagumi of my dreams now, so I'm just reverting to my old philosophy of "Throw in whatever I damn well feel like and see what grows."