So I have officially earned my algae grower title. Shown below is the side of the glass after about three weeks, I think. Three kinds of algae, some snail eggs, and another kind of snail.
I've seen a lot of interesting changes over the past little while. First the wood in the tank became covered in white mold. The crypt brought what looks to be GHA, some sort of white biofilm depositing bacteria, and two types of snails.
Snails getting it on: (bow-chica-wow-wow)
If nothing else, I have learned how important a KMnO4 dip will be.
Half the water was changed, and refilled with distilled water. Test results showed
NH3 = 0
NO2 = 0
GH = 80 mg / L
KH ~ 140 mg / L
I'm not sure if the GH and KH results make much sense, but I'd love to talk chemistry if anyone wants to school me.
So today I went to a fish store as it was time for a CUC. Purchased was 1 dwarf african frog, 4 otocinclus, 1 assasin snail, and 8 'pinnochio shrimp' (Caridina gracilirostris
). I feel slightly guilty as I am a strong believer in researching each specimen before it is baught, but since it is such a PITA to get to a good LFS, I took my chances. Luckily, from what I have read, they will be excellent shrimp for my tank. They only need SW to reproduce, which is the only downside. I think when they go, they will be replaced by CRS or amano shrimp.
But I must say that these guys are little workhorses. They make my otos look like lazy hobos. They have rapidly devoured almost all my red and hair algae in the tank.
They like so swim in a lot too, frequently jumping off a stick devoid of algae and then cruising, nose down, while swimming with their pleopods to another location with more food. Their almost flourescent orange/red nose and marking make them rather striking in appearance too.
Hard at work:
Thats all for now folks.