What a surprise.
The left front crypt is a flamingo after all. After weeks of just looking generic with those maroon roundish leaves, it pushes up a pink one! And gooo osmocote. As I was telling Phil, I "acquiesced to these petulant" crypts by burying a good 20 osmocote balls .. single balls! not whole tabs! .. around the area of the three crypts and am seeing new leaves being pushed up pretty fast now. Previously, those things only pushed up leaves when it lost them so it was a net gain of nothing. Kinda just there in limbo. not growing, not dying.
but, all is not well in the tank. From the seat of my pants @Grobbins48
, I'm not sure if front loading micros is working out too perfectly. The majority of the plants seem to be fine, but now that we're a few weeks in, some of the testier plants are not too happy.
Check out the tips of these guys
A little out of focus and excuse the background floating weed. But this is "Red Nesea" being a bit unhappy. Crinkled tips.
Even the flamingos, this shot a bit after the earlier above shot.
Note the same left side front one. It pushed up a new leaf even, but the new leaves just won't open up -- stays scrolled up.
Some other guys I didn't take a pic of just overall didn't look so juicy and happy. Even midway last week, I ended up giving an extra shot of micros and then macros. So compromise and do a 2x/week dose? Probably will go back to daily drudgery of daily micros for a bit to see if I can get this new growth more consistent before I try that. Have to figure out if the flamingo just ran out of osmocote or if it's the front loaded micros.
And finally, nothing like hearing Gregg's chiding voice when I'm slacking on my water change. Delayed by a week, but was pushed out this morning.
Post water change happiness.
Managed to luck out and got a pretty decent shot of the celebes
might have to change my avatar pic!