I love all the interest on the fate of the log.
It is currently residing on a shelf in the basement.
But who knows, it might only be temporary, as it could be called back into active duty at any time.
I will say without it and the plants mowed down, the Rainbows are more front and center and active. I have some pretty cool Rainbows growing out, and they are more visible and a focus of the tank right now. Which is a good thing.
Remember, this has always been a fish tank.......with plants. And I can't see that changing.
Speaking of plants hating change - I sent Discusluv a bunch of plants on Monday (she should have them tomorrow). Pretty much all of the plants have tolerated my 20g low tech tank for more than a few weeks. So, does that mean they will transition better to her low tech tank? Or is her water different enough that everything will melt? Why do some plants just melt? Your Blyja J. got the same RO water as before but hated the new substrate - which should be a "better" substrate. I think you may be correct on the blast of ammonia - during the FX4 transition my ammonia crept up to 1ppm and I could tell some of the plants were less than thrilled. Was it the ammonia specifically? Only a guess.
Yeah, you know there are probably some lessons here. I've talked about stability before, and I am a believer that most plants do not like sudden change. They chug along for a long time, figuring out how to use what is provided. Make a drastic change, and it takes them a while to figure it out.
This is the second time the Barclaya completely melted. It did the same thing when I got it from you. A good example of hanging in there and letting nature take it's course. Plants do have a strong will to survive, and they do change and adapt. Sometimes you have just have to have patience, and not give up too soon.