Glad to hear from you! Was hoping you weren't burned out from the hobby. You're so talented with your scapes. I've been having my share of woes too (Fish loss, shrimp getting eaten, and my tank rack is still not up and running). Also been trying to get straight my CO2-ferts situation. Looking forward to the pics.
Hey Man, yeah, I'm still alive and kicking. Its been a long summer, haha, and I guess in a way I'm sort of burnt out with plants. Not really burnt out, but just coming to terms with the realization that electrical engineering bachelors degree is starting to require more and more of my time. I still love planted tanks, and still enjoy scaping, but I intend on changing things up quite a bit. In the next few weeks, this tank is going to undergo a complete transformation. And I am very excited about it, as its something new that I've never tried before.
Very sorry to hear about your setbacks man. Hope it all settles out for you.
I'm going to be turning this tank into a river manifold tank to house Hillstream loaches and Stiphodon Gobies. I've already got the powerbeads on order, and I have lots and lots of rock to do a really cool river scape with. Slap on a bunch of anubias var. Nana and I'll be rocking. I may also try to keep a few pockets of crypts. But my goal for this tank is high oxygenation, high light with 14-16 hours photoperiod, and yes... trying to grow algae on everything, and just keep the front glass clean. So probably every plant that I will have will some algae on it. And thats okay
(slowly break myself of my OCD planted tank habits haha).
I feel like for where I am at in my life right now, this is going to simplify my tank experience and let me get more enjoyment out of my tank with less stress. One day when I can drop big bucks for the setup of my dreams and get everything I want for the tank, I may get back into co2 highlight setups.
But don't worry, I'll still be scaping, just focusing more on the hardscape than the plants. But trust me I have some beautiful rock to work with that I got from a buddy of mine on here, Ebi (Mike). And I will still use my Manzy driftwood.
So it looks like I'll be getting rid of most of my Buces and other plants, hint hint :icon_roll
I'll probably make a new journal for this phase of the tank whenever I start getting things set up.