So it's been a little while since I last updated this thread. Since I've had a green string algae infestation, I'm doing regular waterchanges and split my dosing from two pumps of tropica specialized to one pump twice a week.
I've removed most of the gratiola, it never really rooted and most of it melted away, there is some new growth that I kept to see how it does long term.
I let my floaters loose as an attempt to reduce some light and soak up some nutrients. They are also a home to string algae which I thought was weird, but we will see long term how this works. I'm trying to keep the water level above the HOB outlet so I get some surface movement while having low flow for the Betta.
The Monte Carlo seems to be rooting good now, hopefully it will slowly spread out and give me a nice carpet.
My ludwigia seems to be making a comeback, multiple side shoots coming from most of my stems, and new growth from where I chopped the stem previously. I tried removing one of the stems with no healthy leaves and uncovered some crazy roots. I chopped and replanted with no remaining leaves and it has a side shoot, still waiting on the main stem to give new leaves though.
My now sole inhabitant seems happy still, though I'm thinking of getting a snail or two, maybe ramshorns, though I want to get a hardness test kit because I think my water is relatively soft. I previously had some pest snails and they've all disappeared, so I'm holding off till I'm sure they won't perish.
Here's some photos of my tank right after my water change.
The carpet after removing most of the gratiola
The gsa infestation my my rotala. I'm sad about this but I hope these stems will make a comeback, if not I think I'll move the hygro In it's place
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