It felt kind of odd to only do maintenance on one tank yesterday, but treatment has changed the schedule on my other tank. So I took my time with Oliver. I'm trying this new brace for the lid- it's a piece of thick wire I found, I think from a cooling rack. Going to seal the ends w/silicone but obviously if it rusts I will throw it out. Need something plastic instead but I haven't found the right thing yet... This pic shows how much the spirodela polyrhiza has filled in, though.
I've figured out its growth rate, to keep it in check but not diminish its quantity too much between maintenance days. I remove just one handful per week, or if I'm feeling anal, pick out every single yellowing/disintegrating leaf cluster I find.
I noticed that some of the anubias leaves (on smaller plants) were looking peaky again. Checked the dates and it had been almost a month since the last time I put in root tabs, and much longer since I'd dosed mg (epsom salts). Did both this time. But I'm ready to quit guessing with that- if it's needed or not. Ordered a kit to test for gh/kh so I can actually know
if I have an imbalance between mg and calcium.
Bacopa is not doing too well in here. It drops lower leaves at a much faster rate than the ludwigias, and holds itself kind of droopy overall. Looks much better in my other tank- but I don't want to remove it from here just yet. I don't have enough ludwigia cuttings to take its place... As it is, I cut back a few stems of each and replanted, since they were almost touching the ceiling again.
Younger leaves on the anubia I cut in half are really visible now.
I think the buce 'isabelle' looks particularly nice in front of the darker anubia leaf.
Decided to pull out the lead strip that was holding a buce cutting down. Read some articles about how toxic lead can be for fish- in spite of all the suppliers' claims that it is harmless. Better not risk it. Instead I tried to weigh it down with a tiny stone on top, that didn't work. Had to tie it to the pebble (it's the plant on the right).
I cut a bit of windelov rhizome that was crawling off its stone, and re-tied it on at a different spot. Accidentally broke off a leaf. Bummer.
I don't really care for the appearance of this short end, anymore- something about the anubias placement looks awkward to me. So I don't mind shielding it with a sheet of plastic again, to see if I can coax rotalas to hold themselves more upright.
Wisteria is still not doing anything- it really
didn't like getting moved. Smaller piece of it has come loose twice. I only have one holding into the substrate now. It's between the log and ludwigia stem at back, here. Hope it does better after getting a root tab this week.
The picture is better with a fish in it.
I think I've been feeding him too much. I want to clean the inside of the front glass, but there's still all these tiny little critters on there- limpets?- they haven't got any bigger than a pinhead but are still numerous. I think they showed up a few weeks ago when for some reason I decided that since Oliver was well over two years old now, he deserved a few extra goodies. I wasn't giving him much more- a few more flakes, three or four micropellets per feeding instead of just two, an extra bloodworm here and there- but I guess it might have been enough to make a difference. I cut back down to his prior rations now, will see if that makes those things go away.