So, here's a long, picture-heavy update of what's been going on with this tank. This post's update goes to about 1.5 months ago. Still need to upload pictures from the past month. Look out for another update in a week.
Aquasoil problems subsided after a few days. Did a major rescape, picked up some pygmy cories, and made a few java moss carpet mats using window screening, thread, and moss!
These guys are one of the most interesting and fun fish to watch. Love their spastic/floaty movements. It reminds me of a hummingbird. Their schooling/shoaling? behavior is quite entertaining too. Tried to salvage the green bits of my anacharis and clamped them to fishing weights. They also serve to hold the moss mats down.
A few days later, I felt bad for the lonely panda. It was sulking around by itself so I got it 2 buddies. Approaching overstocking levels here but I do 50% water changes every few days since it's so easy with a 2.5 gallon, so I'm not too worried about the water quality.
YAY! The lonely panda is MUCH happier. Here they are, suspicious of me snooping around with my camera.
FTS. You can see the 2 java fern leaves I bought at the LFS for $0.30 each tucked behind the heater. I didn't want to buy the huge bunch for $5 and I'm hoping I can grow some out with the tiny rhizomes that are attached to those leaves.
Started getting massive diatom and GSA problems. Shortened photoperiod to 8 hours and got myself one of these little guys. I'm starting to get worried about overcrowding. Waiting for my emmersed 10 gallon to grow in with HC so I can move the fish and make this 2.5 a dedicated shrimp tank.
Diatoms got eaten up in only a couple days! A few weeks later, this FTS. Look at that aponogeton GROW! Java carpet is coming along nice. E. Tenellus is taking over the right side of the tank. Also my little stubs of anacharis were salvaged after all!
I swear, there were some days where the anacharis grew at least an inch overnight...
I love taking sneak shots of the pandas. They are awesome. Notice the ramshorn. I started off with 1. Then added a second that I found in my waste water bucket. Now I must have at least 500 combined in all my tanks. I don't mind though, they are fun to watch, don't eat any plants, and act as a clean up crew.
OK, at the risk of majorly overstocking, I picked up 6 free female guppies from craigslist. Over the past couple weekends, I started up a 20gallon long, DIY stand, and filled the 10 gallon emmersed. All the fish in this tank will be moved into the 10 gallon in a week after the 10 cycles (using Aquaclear20 off an established tank and overloading with plants). Also keeping up with 30-50% WC every couple days and watching water parameters. So far so good. About 0/0/20-40, pH 6.8
Java moss carpet removed. Put it in the 20long which I filled with 3M Colorquartz sand. Wanted to make a cory friendly bottom and didn't want to risk getting another bad batch of aquasoil. Replaced open areas with a few E. Tenellus runners.
These guppies have so much personality! I could watch them for hours. They also seem to like watching me. Sometimes I look up from studying and they are staring at me, like in this pic. Kind of creepy sometimes.
Moving day! Preparing for the 3 hour trip back home and get these fish into their new 10 gallon home
Notice the 2 leaves of java fern have grown abundantly. Leaves are maxing out at about 3"s though. Could it be due to the shallow water/high light? I'm hoping to attach them to a piece of driftwood in the future for my 20long.
Thanks for reading all the way down here! I would love to hear your comments and suggestions. Be on the lookout for my 10 & 20long journals as well as updates to this tank.