So I SHOULD be stopping by the petstore today to nab a thermometer (took me long enough! I keep forgetting). And, provided the water in there tests okay today I'll move Bauer in. Which I'm hoping it should, its been running for like 20 days now, and the snails in there haven't complained at all, though I was very bad and haven't actually tested it since setting it up... It's just been so busy with the holidays and all that water changes were hard enough as is! I also haven't tested my other tanks this month, VERY BAD! Actually I think I did use the last of the crappo test strips I bought, but they don't read ammonia. Regardless since setting up my planted tanks I've only gotten one light ammonia reading on the 10, and a few on the 6.6 long. None of the creatures seem distressed or unhealthy. I'm not worried. I think I've planted heavily enough to have a "silent cycle".
And I definitely have to do some trimming, especially in the new 6.6 NPT, the cabomba is really growing fast, with my limno not far behind. The rotala has a good deal of new (very green - uhoh) growth as well. Suddenly my crypts are looking very snail bitten, in all of my tanks, so I'm not liking that. The ludwigia also seems to have been having a bit of a time adjusting, lost a lot of leaves, but there is new growth, so hopefully I'll just cut off the leggy bottom stems and hope they do well. The dwarf baby tears and micro sword KEEP GETTING UPROOTED, and its driving me insane! I really wanted them to do well, damn snails must be doing it. The baby tears are so hard to plant, I should have just gotten it matted! Maybe I'll have to do another order.
I recently made a crazy tinfoil hood for the 6.6long in the hopes it will reflect the light better (and also not be as blinding when i stare at the tank - its got 2 lamps over it), as well as put tinfoil on the backing. I lined the inside of the 10 gallon hood with foil too. So hopefully this will help bring out the colors more in my plants. I SHOULD have enough lighting, I've heard of many successes with the light that I have and plants I have, I just feel like I'm not getting the colors unless its at the top of the water line. Maybe I need to dose iron?
And for the creatures: The shrimpies are all doing well, and I see juvies frequently, so I know they have been breeding! That makes me happy. I found one lone RCS who I had assumed dead in Pinkman's tank, I wasn't able to catch him when moving the others out, and then I figured I accidentally buried him when redoing the tank. I only found him because I spotted a molt and set out a search. He's made home in a tiny space under the driftwood. Pinkman was a bit too bullish, so I'm not sure if I want to add more shrimp back, or somehow manage to catch this little bugger and put him in the 10... I'd still like to see more, the 10 gallon looks so empty! Still want my Mysterys back, so I want warmer weather! I've been considering adding another fish species into the 10 when I move Bauer, something that will be of minimal risk to my shrimp. I have been thinking about some corydoras, probably pygmy as I think they are SO CUTE, but not sure they can deal with floramax? I posted this and a few other questions in the other fish section, would really appreciate some help!