Where does the time go? I can't believe it has been over 8 months since I updated. I read through new posts almost daily but had forgotten that I even started a tank journal
My tank has grown out so much. In that regard, I almost can't believe it has been less than a yer, I was sure I was coming up on 2 years, yikes!
One of the best parts of the hobby has been my oldest step son also getting hooked on freshwater aquariums. He has been the recipient of multiple bags of lilies, cyperus Helferi, and the red plant I have. He also has gotten all of the filters I have rotated through, air pumps, etc. he loves it. My husband is even interested in a shrimp tank for his office! We love those little critters.
Anyway, onto the tank. It is becoming an absolute jungle which the shrimp love. The only flora additions have been some moss that escaped my breeder tank attached to the side (I had shrimp in there for awhile as I was afraid the babies were getting eaten, little did I know about the shrimpsplosion about to occur!).
Several months ago I purchased 5 hastasus cories from a local store. The owner was out giving a discus breeding speech in England so her husband was covering the store. I came home and checked my bag and ended up with 2 cories who have grown fairly large, 1 Pygmy cory, an assassin snail, and 2 of the cories I actually went in for! They have all done well. The shrimp have done beyond well, I counted 130 shrimp one morning. It is now my routine to drink my coffee while watching the tank every morning. Just a perfect way to start the day.
I want to purchase additional Pygmy and hastasus cories but have been delaying as we have had several iterations of "we are moving any minute now!" For work. Well, we will definitely be moving but I think I would like to build up my cory groups anyway. When we do move it will be about a 5 hour drive so I think they will be okay.
That has also been my hesitancy on a large rescape. I see so many beautiful tanks here get severely disrupted after a move. That, and general indecision.
Ok, that's my update. Here's pics of the Bacteria Jungle
Bump: I love the algae on the driftwood but not as much as the shrimp!