Ok, here are a few pictures starting from the time I got him to today. Notice his fins seem to be progressively deteriorating ? I've had the driftwood and the same type of substrate since I purchased him from Petsmart in October. Mid November I purchased more plants and I believe too many hitch hiking snails and stupidly over cleaning the filter made my tank crash..it smelled horrible and had a brown tint to it. I was cleaning it every other day doing 20% - 50% water changes too since it was a new tank before it crashed. I put Cinder in a temporary tank and threw away the bad, bacteria infested substrate. I replanted all the plants in new substrate that I've shown above about 2 weeks ago, though many of them died (most of the Hornwort, Crystalwort and all of the Frogbit). So the tank is still cycling.
Today I tested the water and the PH is around 8.0, despite me trying to lower it with peat moss balls. The ammonia was around 0.25ppm or lower, Nitrate and Nitrite 0ppm. The PH from the tap is fairly high, around 7.8 or so and when my tank crashed I was testing the water like crazy before I was able to redo it and the PH was around 6.2 or 6.4.
Anyways, here are the pics:
Here is Cinder the first day I got him:
Cinder about 2 weeks later, before the tank crashed. Notice how nice the Hornwort looked:
Now this is Cinder last week, about a week after I redid the entire tank:
And here is Cinder today, his caudal fin has a HUGE tear in it now which happened 2 days ago sometime during the night or morning: