Well, the plants seem to be hanging on. The Mystery Plant looks a little greener than when I bought it. Still a lot of dead matter as you can see but it's an improvement I tell ya! The Crypts appear the same, no growth, no loss. But then, I don't know how much crypts are supposed to grow in a tank with low light and no CO2 or ferts. Recently some of the tips started curling a bit, don't know what that means? Also, ignore the yellow looking leaves in the pic. They are not yellow in real life, I think it was camera flash glare.
Ammonia has been 0 all along. I think. Day 2 and Day 3 the test looked like there might be traces, but I wasn't sure, so I didn't do any water changes. After Day 4 it's been unquestionably zero.
I lost one fish. I mean, I really lost him. I don't know where he is. He disappeared one day. His dried body is not anywhere near the tank and he's not in it. If you've seen the AquaScene/View up close you know there's only one hole he could have jumped through and it's pretty small at that. Puzzling. The other fish are fine and eat well.
I purchased a normal size light socket and a normal base 7w CF made by LOA. I will upgrade eventually but I want to see what 4w will do for a month or 2. I'll keep you posted.
Thanks for reading.
1g planted | Lutea & Ciliata Crypts, Anacharis, Hornwort, Micro Swords | White Cloud Mountain Minnows | 4w CF | unheated | airstone | laterite & gravel
2.5g and 10g saltwater coral reefs