No pictures today, i'm actually posting this from work (heheh) just thought I might update the journal with what I plan to do over the weekend. Basically the tank has suffered quite a lot since I dosed the excel and added the new plants. I did use a lot
of excel (like an idiot), not surprised it caused the plant melt like @Duboisi
suggested. I'm lucky the shrimp and Zeus are alive!
The crypts seem to have stabilised but I'll have to wait until I get home to see if there is any more melt. I've trimmed a lot of the affected leaves off which I'm still quite bummed about since they were looking so damn good just a week ago! I do hope the melt stops and it starts to produce new growth again. The bucephalandra has also melted a lot, which is a huge shame. Like the crypts they were doing very well initially, but I have since lost lots of leaves and some of the rhizomes kind of look dead. Some of the roots have basically turned to mush. I'll take a closer look at the plant after work to see if there's a chance they might come back but if they don't I might have to replace the whole lot.
I have also lost almost all of my staurogyne repens and the DHG at the foreground which took the brunt of the excel dose. Fortunately the pearl weed appears to be hanging on after some initial melt. Surprisingly the DHG right at the back of the tank is doing very well. Basically the only plants that do not appear to be affected are the tall stems at the back, the AR mini and some isolated clumps of DHG.
The tank looks like crap because of all the melt, especially the foreground. I did say that I would try to be patient, but seeing as most of the s.repens and DHG are dead and the tank has already been cycled I have decided that I will give tissue culture another shot. I will probably uproot the dead plants, acquire a few more pots of TC DHG and s.repens and plant them on Saturday. If I lose these new plants again, then I will finally give up on them and slowly fill the empty spots up with pearl weed or some other foolproof plant.
Thanks for reading and wish me luck!