Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Eep! It's been SO LONG since I was on here! Been so busy I've barely had time to think. I've missed the forum! In the time I was gone I've got just over halfway through my course, got offered a traineeship at the studio the course is run at as a result of my performance on the first prac day (woohoo!) and made some changes to my tank setups. It's nice to be back, got a whole heap of forum-ing to catch up on, hehe.
Saruman is finally over in the NPT that was created for him. He seems to be absolutely loving it! He still refuses to eat pellets and will only accept live food, unfortunately. He's a bit of a pain in the bum, but I love him anyway. The other two boys were a bit like "WTF? Another dude between us?" but have settled down. Weehawk and Saruman seem to enjoy hanging together (on opposite sides of the glass, seems like a no-brainer to me but I thought I'd better say it anyway, heh) which is cute.
The rotala macranda didn't work out, as expected. That's totally cool, it was pretty while it lasted, and since it was an impulse buy from my partner I'm not too upset as it wasn't part of "the plan" to begin with, haha. I've filled in the gaps with hydrilla, yay! The DHG is sending runners, which, when I first noticed it, made me perhaps a little too excited. XD
I'm absolutely loving the Marina Slim filters. Almost no noise whatsoever, as long as I keep the water line high enough. I was planning to cycle them using the bucket method before putting them in the tanks, but having zero water movement was doing me NO favours. The plants are doing their job of keeping the water wonderfully clean, so I'm not worried about a fish-in cycle.
Speaking of the NPTs doing their job, I was amazed during the last couple of weeks of testing the water in them. I'm able to change the water fortnightly now. Holy crap! I initially thought I was doing something wrong when testing, but nope, I'm already down to that little water changes. Woo!
Anyway, I'll stop rambling now and get going on catching up on all the stuff I've missed!