4.2.17 Update and Photo Dump
A lot's changed in SSS1 and SSS2. My boss wants to do a new tank at work and that means a fish order, which means I get free shrimp. On top of that, I scored a nice double bubble counter regulator that will feed both SSS1 and SSS2. But wait, there's more! Seachem sent me some Flourish Advance to try out. I hadn't planned on making any significant changes to either tank for a while, but the combination of circumstances sort of forced my hand. SSS1 got flooded and SSS2 got totally redone and will stay dry for a while longer.
Changes to SSS2
- took everything out, wiped down the glass with a dilute Excel solution to take care of the cyano which was starting to grow, put in some substrate, rearranged the rocks, and planted everything. Thanks to a full redo of the main display and Dennerle for giving me some TC plants to try I was able to add a bunch of Bucephalandra motelyana and a little E. pusillia and HC. These species fit the idea of making the tank look like an old forgotten stone road where lots of different plants are growing up between the mossy rocks. I was happy with it before, but I'm in love with it now.
Species currently in there:
C. wendtii 'Bronze'
V. dubyana, or whatever plain old Java Moss is called these days
Maintenance- Daily spray with a dilute solution of Flourish Advance for the past couple of days. It was getting tank water sprays, but I want to see how the Advance stimulates root growth. The substrate's relatively thin compared to what I usually do and I want the Crypts to throw down an extensive root system before putting water in there.
Even though I've only had it going for a couple of days, I'm pleased with the regulator. It's perfect for these two tanks.
There was no real planting plan. The only design intent was to fill in the spaces between the rocks with a good intermixing of species. The whole concept is that nature has taken over and all the plants are coming up between the stones in a joyous mess. Other than cutting back the Crypts when it comes time to flood it, I'm not sure how much trimming I'll end up doing. When things get too overgrown I'll probably just do a grab-and-tug to open up space and let the plants grow in as they will.