I updated the FULL TANK SHOT.
What has happened since september 7?
-Potamogeton foliosis was growing in a really ugly way, so I thinned it. I took off all the little side shoots and planted them in the ground, removed all the dead leaves (basically the original ones) It almost looks like it was removed, but it wasn't.
-Najas started growing but it has died back.
-Look at the first picture! I have an immense amount of moss compared to what I started with.
-Milfoil is almost none existent. 2 small stems remain.
-Elatine triandra is sewing seeds all over the tank. There are a few shoots in the Brachythecium rivulare. I keep pulling pieces out that get covered
in algae... I guess that's why there is no carpet yet.
-The callitriche has grown exponentially, I have cut and replanted it a few times. I can't tell which species is which anymore, round leaves and narrow leaves are on the same plant.
-Some strange pondweed I found started growing, it has translucent bronze green leaves with well defined veins. The newest growth is pink! The leaves break very easily. Possibly POTEMOGETON ALPINUS
TOTALLY UN COLOR EDITED!!!
I am beginning to seriously consider CO2. The large amount of calcium and the death of milfoil, along with the lack of growth in dwarf hairgrass... it seems connected. Finding Tom Barr's referances towards the importance of CO2 has changed my mind.
Drop checkers... reactors... what does this all mean? I guess I'm going to find out!
I am starting to get collectoritis. I blame herbivores in my other 2 tanks.
I have a lot of Egeria najas. I decided to take it all out to see just how much I have:
500 ml of it, AKA 1/8th of a gallon of it. I switched it's position with Elodea nuttallii and E. canadensis, see HERE:
EDIT: Thursday, September 17.
Just did a major hack at Egeria najas and "sago pondweed." I tried to take a picture but it was cloudy. Noting worth seeing, except for my potamogetons up close:
mind you, the picture is poor quality but you see what I mean. Sago pondweed looks a lot different when you cut off and plant all the sideshoots (which grow roots at the base)
Looks a lot like a bigger Potamogeton foliosus.