Well, my flora got a little worse. My Florida Sunset melted after the move but is bouncing back admirably, but my poor lutea doesn't seem to be doing that hot. I added some gro soil tablets, and we'll see how that works. I also got a summer job, so after paying my parents back, I'm going to invest in my first set of fertilisers!
I also got some new plants. I bought some bucephalandra "Brownie Brown". The seller warned me they were tiny, but I'm totally fine since they are so cute! There were two little babies in there. One is doing just fine, but the other seems to be melting. Hope it survives, it's a significant investment for me. Also got a few stems of Hygrophila pinnatifida, and it's not really doing much other than looking pretty. I've heard a couple of different ways to plant it, though. Apparently it can be attached to driftwood like anubias, but I decided to plant it just in case. Plus it still looks pretty!
Also decided to move some fish around. I was almost contemplating selling the rasboras since they were fairly shy and a little dull until one morning when they, for whatever reason, decided to colour up, and boy are these fish pretty (but too fast to take a picture of...
). But at the same time I wanted to add bigger fish while making sure the shrimp and little ones stayed alive. Luckily a teacher gave me a heater and I found a three dollar five gallon at Goodwill, so those guys are all hanging out in the five gallon.
To replace the little ones I put in a pair of wild caught betta albimarginata. Whoever said wild bettas are shy apparently never met my male, who has already learned that the pipette = food and happily steals food from the female.
The female was more gregarious than the male in the beginning. But I noticed some odd white thing sticking on her side and didn't want to risk ich, so I plopped her in a salt bath today and she's basically been giving me the stink eye since. She is in the last photo. I'm pretty sure she is a she since I can see her ovaries, but I suppose only time will tell. The two also seem really comfortable with each other, and the male routinely bumps her and vice versa and they seem like a happy couple.