Thank you Aus and OFl :)
My grandparents and mom have grudgingly said alright XD. Of course, they're all saying "Those are the last pets! No more fish! I'm done!" .... but they always say that, lol. Of course, I don't plan on another tank (I'll be off to college in about a year and bringing Panche's tank with me.), so I'll be more or less following the no more pets rule.
I have pictures!
The camera was dying, but these were decent :)
First is my tank with Panache... I had run out and bought different lights before, but I'm really hating the lighting (I don't think the plants like it either) which is a bummer. They're supposed to be "daylight, full spectrum" Lies. The one on the right has a rather distinct blue coloration, and the one on the left is just a funky color. Tomorrow, I'll return the lights and go ahead and buy a proper glass hood and nice lightstrip like the second tank has.
The snails are happy though, when I watch closely, every now and again I'll see gravel shift because the mts are rooting around. I'm going to have to capture a few and toss them in the second tank. The ones in the second tank aren't quite as abundent yet.
Panache is happy too :) Panache is chill... as always... Lol, sometimes I think he's a bit... special. He tends to swim very slowly and stare off into space quite a bit, sometimes I catch him staring at the plants for several minutes at a time... just sort of floating there without moving his fins. But, he's always been like that and he's my finkid. On a side note, platies and guppies are a dollar in petsmart right now. They'll need about approximately a month of qt, so if I buy them soon, by the time they're ready to go in the tank, it'll be lush and full of hiding spots.
Here is the second NPT, the one shared by my little siblings. I'm seeing a lot of new leaves on the pennywort, and I found two new leaves on the dwarf lilly! The roseafilia is pearling in the tank, and I swear I see a new set of leaves coming in. It's a beautiful red now.
My little brother's and Salabite's side. Salabite has a bubble nest going on. He's flaring up a storm at Draco, which is a bit nerve wracking, because he seems to blow his tail quite a bit. It's a pain patching him up, and his tail never grows back quite right.... however, his colors seem to pop against the greens, and he seems super happy.
My little sister's and Draco's side. Draco is extremely laid back, and seems to care less about the raging fish to his left. I need him to flare though, he had gone through a pretty bad case of finbiting, and his ct tail is finally growing back in. However, because he's not flaring, the ray reduction isn't as drastic as it needs to be. I think he's trying to go from wannabe plakat to a wannabe delta... >.<
All the fish are active as can be, and enjoy laying on the plants. However, I notice all the boys seem to clamp up when they stay still too long.... :( I'm not sure what to think of that, because when they're swimming they're fine, and they're colored, no signs of distress, still eating like pigs, and no stress stripes. I did four 25% water changes throughout the day yesterday in both tanks (I should technically do another few today on Panache's seeing as it still isn't as perfectly crystal clear as I want it to be) and I'm wondering if all the water changing has got them clamping slightly.