Well, I've had enough with the lurking. Time to give back to the community.
9-25-04: The tunnel has yet to be buried. There are no fish yet.
9-29-04 A third bag of flourite helps bury the tunnel. See that super crazy, spindly scarlet temple? Yeah, it's dead now.
The month of October was spent fighting wicked algae.
11-02-04: There are now fish in the tank. I also lost my patience with the driftwood learning to sink in my rubbermaid tub/nightstand,
so I just threw it in the tank anyway. I also have my diy co2 started at this point.
11-21-04: The stupid tunnel is surfacing. Also, note top right corner, a gold severum. He will begin to wreak havoc on both the planted and invertebrate populations.
11-26-04: I have attempted to cover the surfaced tunnel with slate. I had attached java moss to the slate, but the severum likes to eat thread apparently. You can actually see a hunk of pearlweed in his mouth if you look closely enough.
12-04-04: Note the apparent lack of growth. Do not be deceived! The plants have been growing like mad. The severum has just been pruning faster than they can grow.
12-06-04: No, I haven't removed any plants. Do you see the fat tummy on the severum? His mouth has been permanently stained green.
I gave up on the severum. I was trying to grow him out to live with my Oscar. [img=http://img94.exs.cx/img94/5809/zoroasterhasnewwater12wd.th.jpg]
He didn't grow a whole lot (plants lack protein), but I threw him in there anyway. He hasn't been eaten yet.
12-20-04: With the severum gone, I decided to move things around a bit in hopes that they'll actually grow. I ditched the tunnel completely. I have some java ferns and an extra crinum calamistratum in the tank, but they are christmas gifts for someone and will be removed soon.