Yes, that's a towel behind the tank but it's just a temporary background to block out daylight. More importantly, I got some new plants: Java and Christmas moss, Marsilea minuta
, Anacharis, and a petite Anubias
. I'm still looking for a Crypt parva, which I think I've found.
This is my first time gluing moss, so of course I used too much glue, but they'll grow over it. I should also use gloves the next time too.
Anubias is even smaller than I thought.
I like the Christmas moss much more than the Java Moss.
Anacharis, which I'm hoping will grow taller.
A bladder snail, the only animal currently in the tank.
It looks nice so far! Looking better and better!
Once the moss grows over the glue, then it'll definitely be better.
Ammonia/ammonium is dropping, but still no signs of nitrite nor nitrate, so I think the plants are the main driver behind the decrease. I started adding fish food to continue the cycle and encourage the bacteria to grow.
The habrosus cory cats are still doing fine in their QT, scurrying on the bottom in their funny way. I reduced their feeding to a quarter of a Spectrum mini wafer per day to, minimize waste while still providing them with plenty. It makes cleaning easier; I do about a 10% water change everyday and I remove any excess food I find. I'm looking into other food options to occasionally mix things up a bit.
I started reading Diana Walstad's Ecology of the Planted Aquarium
, and I can’t put it down. It's absolutely fascinating, I don't think I found a book like this back when I had my reef tank. A lot of her book I already knew, but her knowledge is so much more refined and nuanced, and it's making me rethink my approach to my tank.