Ok its been over a week since the leak. The old silicone was scraped off, new (large amounts) were put in and allowed to cure for over 72 hours, then a 36-48 hours leak test-passed... Yesterday I spent the whole day draining the temp tank 40 breeder) catching fish, removing plants, draining 55g (thankfully a set and forget with siphon fed to a drain), then play musical tanks/tables and shuffle stuff around *hubby was a huge help here). Set up the 55g on its new lower coffee table and put sand int..then spent about 2 hours adding and removing water trying to clean sand before lower the black background, putting in hardwood and hides, adding plants, filters, and heater, and then finally drip acclimating the fish while we made and ate dinner.
Thankfully the tank is still well today (had a bad dream about a tank with the front right lower rim being badly damaged and pouring out water). For the week being slightly displaced all the first survived as well as plants.. though the purple queen is looking rater pathetic.. hoping it bounces back! The marble queen is finally starting to put out new leaves and the Anthurium has a lot of new bloom shoots started (counted 4 or 5 yesterday + the 2 already opened up!). I scraped all the riccia off the floating trellises and am considering adding a moss to the rafts/planters to hide the foam/media.
The female nerite is a lil 'where's waldo' of a snail... in the 55g i didn't see her since I rescaped with the red cedar... when i took the wood out I found her lodged in a hole on the underside of it. When I emptied the 40g breeder temp tank I again could not find her! Ended up crawling on the floor looking everywhere.. checked the hides and back/undersides of planters.. nope.. finally felt around the inner top black trim of the tank and *pop! tink tink* there she was! Put her in the 55g with the rest after a quick acclimation.. no clue where she's gone to hide now.. don't care as long as she doesn't cover the nice cedar in more freaking eggs..
Peace lily "domino" (mis-sold as "marble sword"-not a sword plant).. I was going to split it as its two large plants but when i took it out of the planter the roots held ALL the media in place... decided not to mess with it and left it whole.
The Syngonium (aka arrowhead) is very lanky and on the temp tank it was tilted which the stem quickly corrected for max lighting.. now all the leaves are pointing to the side/down.. decided to leave it off the riparium and slap it in some soil. Thinking about finding its more white relative to stick on the riparium for more contrast.
I find myself wanting to get rid of the barbs, angel, and rainbowfish and jut get a bunch more otos and false julli cory.. I enjoy watchmaking them swim around more than the others.. is that weird?