Pics to come later...
One of the rams didn't make it.
If I had to guess, the gourami bullied it. The other one likes to give me a lot of heartache by hiding for twelve hours at a time.
In the last week and a half, I've gotten my ferts and plants from aquariumplants.com. I ordered 10 contortionist val; I got 11
. I also ordered two bundles of A. reineckii and two java ferns v. 'windelov.' The reineckii showed up looking a little droopy, but they perked right up under the lights.
This weekend I declared war on BBA. It's all over the C. wendtii and C. spiralis. It's gaining ground on the subulata, java ferns and A. natans. The anubias are finally sprouting leaves that don't have any on it, but their battle is far from over. I sent CO2 onto the battlefield for all-over cover, and ordered H2O2 to do a surgical strike on affected areas. The photoperiod was ordered to a fall-back position of 8 hours.
This weekend was also a weekend for cheap aquascaping projects. For about $5 I wrapped java moss around a pair of rocks with hairnets, and bound some more around plastic mesh (also covered with hairnets) to make a groundcover effect. I pulled the filter out and cleaned it. When I put it back together, the impeller was rattling. When I tried to pull the impeller cover off to fix it, the darn clip snapped in my hand!
Then the UV sterilizer brackets gave out (I mean, right after the clip snapped, the sterilizer fell).
Now it's sitting at an angle between the filter and the side of the stand so that the tubes don't kink or build up too much pressure, but Deanzlo's next job is to fix the sterilizer mount (like, today or tomorrow).
My next big project is a CO2 reactor. I'm leaning toward a submersible reactor made out of an old gravel vac, possibly on the filter outflow. That would make my outflow look like Fluval 405 -> UV sterilizer -> DIY reactor -> tank. Would that put too much back flow pressure on the filter? Right now it's got pretty good current, I'm just wary of making it work too hard.
My next aesthetic project is to add drawer/cabinet handles to the stand, and install an organizer system in the bottom. Maybe some kind of hose reel for the python, too.