5.30.19- Order up!
Thanks to the generous folks who actually bought some of my plants and a little cash-back pot I didn't know I had on my card, I was able to put in a stock order for the tank, woooo! Coming soon to an aquarium near me:
25 Amano shrimp
12 Asst. Nerites
12 Sparkling Gouramis
25 Cardinal Tetras
4 pots of H. pinnatifida
4 pots of H. corymbosa 'Kompact'
4 pots of L. cardinalis
3 Java Fern
1 pot of E. montevidensis "Giant Hairgrass"
I hadn't planned on getting that much; I only needed Ottos and shrimp to handle algae, but the supplier has a minimum dollar amount for an order and I was just able to squeak by. Because they're so cool (and don't want to waste time with dealing with a couple of DoA) they added the gouramis as preventative compensation. I had no plans on getting them and am not sure they'll work in the big tank so I may "have" to get the 12 gallon going sooner than I'd thought. One of my old coworkers has been trying to get me to set that tank up as a nano reef for a while and I've almost caved a few times but it may just have to wait. A little low-tech gourami tank sure would look nice here next to my desk.
I'm pretty sure the L. cardinalis is the original aquarium form and not the "small form" being passed around these days. It's the same stuff from the same farm I've used a lot in the past and will be interesting to see how it does compared to what I got from MG. I'm also curious to see if there's any difference in the two H. corymbosa over time. The Eliocharis was a lark. I'm not sure I want another hair grass again, but the tank needs something tall, dark, and handsome so in it goes. It may end up going in the 12, depending on how I feel tomorrow. It may end up getting split between the two tanks as well, we'll see. Same thing with the H. pinn. If there's enough for both tanks I'll split them, if not, it's all going in the big tank.
On plant news, the R. macrandra (?) @Saxa Tilly
and L. repens @Immortal1
sent have been throwing up stems left, right, and center and have had to be selectively trimmed. Sadly, the P. helferi is nearly all gone. The last plant is just barely hanging on. Just about everything else in the tank has new growth starting to peek out so there's still some hope.
I know I've promised pictures, but they'll have to wait one more day so I can get shots before and after adding the stuff tomorrow.
On a personal note: I got a call from my soon-to-be boss saying I'll have to wait to come in until Monday because his wife just got a preliminary diagnosis of Lymphoma. A lot of you stood behind me during my trials with cancer and I ask that you please say a prayer for him and his family as they go through this terrifying and confusing time.