So I started down this lower dosing scheme on Feb 1st. Biggest change was a huge drop in K dosing.
All in all, things are going very well. Forget whatever I said about slower growth, as things seem to have adjusted and growth is fast as usual again. Biggest change is algae on the glass. Pretty much nonexistent, which is a good thing.
Ich has not come back, and am pretty sure I am in the clear. Still dosing Paraguard, and will for another few days. Better safe than sorry.
Had the pleasure this week to meet a Rainbow breeder I have been in contact with for years. Jim N. out of Darien, IL has been breeding Bows for 25 years, and has some excellent breeding groups. What a pleasure to spend time talking Rainbows with someone who loves them as much as I do. We know many of the same folks, as much like planted tanks, the Bow community is a fairly small world.
I picked up some young ones to grow out, and will post when I get some decent pics. It's not easy when they are small, that is for sure. My current Goyder Rivers are from his breeding group, and are the reddest ones I know of.
So here is the before and after of the tank today. Took a little over two hours, as it needed a good reduction of mass.
I had to really thin out the Limnophila Rugosa. If you recall, I had just a few small stems I placed to the left of the Pogo K. a short while ago. This plant sends out tons of side shoots and propagates very quickly. I've had this plant in many dosing schemes, and you just can't stop it from growing, so every so often you just have to beat it down. Here was the group this morning.
Was able to get one decent pic of one of the new Bows. This a Melanotaenia Herbertaxelrodi from Jim's stock. I am really looking forward to seeing these mature, as his stock has exceptional color. Pic doesn't do it justice yet, but this a very proud little fish that lights up the tank.
And here is an update on one I have been growing out for a while now. The Melanotaenia sp. Aru IV "Senckenbergianus". A slow grower, but getting better all the time. They are very similar to M. Picta (Aru II), and will put on a quite a display when full grown.