So it's not a "planted tank" update unless I actually talk about the tank right? How dare I fill my journal up with inane chatter about beer, life, and kids? I must not disappoint those here for tank updates!!
The difference between April and May may not ( hehe, may may .. ) look like much and bonus points if you're bored enough to do a what's different before reading on .
but in reality, there were much changed. First of all, there were many spare hours spent digging this hot mess out of the tank ..
That quantity was repeated at least 3 times. That moss was inanely intertwined with everything and it was painstakingly separated back out wherever possible. Clumps of hairgrass and stuff were parted from the mess and replanted. The project was just too immense to tackle in one go so I just did small sections whenever I stole some time. Was probably thankless in general appearance. The only visual clues are subtle. The hairgrass and microswords are in their own batches now, the monte carlo is now in a 'patch' to give some room for other plants. But most importantly, the middle ground area of plants have been cleared up to provide more swim space for ..
didja see it? sleight of hand! misdirection! It's new fauna!!! + 115%
For the first time in probably over a year, I've acquired some new fish. Wife has always complained about lack of space (i.e. jungle) + lack of fish. "Where's the fish in the tank??" "I don't feed *your* tank because there's no fish to feed" etc.
So, seeing some recent posts from @Greggz
about the little blue-eyed rainbows had reminded me about my bunch a few years back ...
Goodness!! Look at that crazy algae!
(sidenote: youtube is horrendous for video editing. I mean, I understand free stuff is not necessarily good stuff, but in this case, it sure feels like free stuff is intentionally hobbled so you don't use it. .. all I wanted to do is remove some audio. Really. I'd love to hear the explanation of why that is so hard -- even if it was a business decision. You can choose tracks to "blend" with your audio, you can clearly muck around with the audio track. Where's the piece that just simply lets you erase it?? Good thing someone told me about openshot )
So, at my last Gold Coast Aquarium Society fish show a few months back, I had become aware and had visited a new LFS called The Aquarium Show
. I saw the rainbows then, but was sort of hesitant to spend the money for them. I mean, I'm used to spending 99 cents for fish!
Ok, ok, I went as far as 2.99 for cardinals and/or glowlight tetras. Anyway, dude had a very clean and beautiful shop and I was compelled to support local, so I went back for some of those mini "bows." Pretty cool place, pretty legit guy. Go check him out. Please also help keep him in business for my benefit ..
Unfortunately, they were out of forktail blueeyes, so I settled for celebes.
Wife wanted some neon rainbows, so I obliged.
Will probably go back for some blue-eyes when they do get them. Granted, these guys are no specialized fancy rainbows, but eh, it's a start
annndd, that brings us up to 2 weeks already since the last 'tank update'. hopefully, I'll get a chance to do some trimming and pull off a water change by the time you guys read this.