This hobby drives me insane
I spent every day over the last few months obsessing about every tank detail from checking ph, cleaning dead leaves, weekly dosing of ferts, adding excel, pruning, and cleaning algae. The tank had serious brown slime and black beard problems, poor growth, and holes in the new leaves of most plants.
I leave town for a week with a tank sitter (my son) who threw in flake once a day. I get back, and everything grew like gangbusters. The algae is completely gone, nowhere to be seen. The new hygro leaves have no holes. The melting cabomba rooted and grew. My crypts grew new shoots. Everything looks a million times better than if I was here :-/
So apparently I'm bad at this, or I need to institute a policy of benevolent neglect. What in the world did I suddenly do right by leaving it alone?