I pulled the Anubia
from the substrate and tied it to a piece of driftwood. The browning of the leaves seems to have abated. In fact, I see a new leaving forming!
The crypt spiralis
is also doing well. It's sending out runners (Is that what they're called?).
I got some frogbit
(Thanks Nymsley!) to block some light in anticipation of my next fauna purchase. It grows very fast.
Here are the new fish I got recently. They are a pair of betta albimarginata
. Here they are in a bowl as I'm acclimating them to my tank's water. They look very pale and stressed.
Here is the female hiding under an almond leaf. I got the leaves to help lower the pH and also to create a blackwater effect.
Here is the male coloring up a bit.
I've been feeding the bettas bloodworms. They seem lackadaisical when feeding. Sometimes, they will stare at a bloodworm as it freefalls, trying to decide if it wants to eat before allowing the worm to burrow into the substrate. What happens to those worms, by the way? I hope they don't start breeding underground.
Most of the time, the bettas hide behind the driftwood the anubias are anchored on. Sometimes they will hide behind the rotala
on the left. They rarely venture out into open waters.
I had to get a glass lid to prevent jumpers. My RCS have gone into hiding with the addition of the bettas. I see the larger ones poking out of the driftwood on occasion. The juvenilles have been eaten.
One of my otos is sick. It's not eating and is very pale. I moved it to my quarantine tank. The other two otos are fat and healthy.