Alright ^~^ So I bought some ghost shrimp a few days ago to see how they were (It was a buy 4 get 2 free)
Needless to say it's not going very well. I checked the water before and after- turns out the test before was just a bum test! Nitrates are at 5-10ppm! Everything else is fine. Anyway, 3/6 dead so far within 2 days of purchase. I guess I'm just not cut out for the shrimpy life :c total bummer- they're so cool lookin'. Currently watching one get in touch with their cannibalistic side- figured it was extra calcium.
This is also just rambling to procrastinate my last set of finals tomorrow! There's no set order to what I'm talking about~
My bacopa seems to be doing far better than it was before- I'm seeing growth that looks young and "fresh" if that makes any sense. As in, they don't look old and yellow. It's cool! I'm trying to learn how to "prune" my plants to make them bushier as well ^~^ Other plant news... My anubias are yellowing along with my swords. Java fern also looks just darn sad. I guess after my finals are done tomorrow I'll pop over to home depot or something and pick up dirt and start the whole "NPT" battle. My myrio also has melted back completely and is showing little sprigs of green growth all around! Very excited c:
As for the whole NPT thing.. I need to find a way to (for a lack of better wording..) get rid of a whole ton of snails. There are far too many in my tank that they're making a snail army on the sides of my tank. Even bladder snails are becoming noticeable! I don't think boiling water would get rid of them. I don't really understand how their population exploded.
Additionally, I'm going to be splitting the 10g into 3's once I start the NPT! More concerns would be that I feel as if I'm lacking in light for the 10g. I mean, I feel like staghorn would be a good indicator that says I'm overdoing the light. It just feels like the plant growth is somewhat slow for 2.-something watts per gallon. It's really all I have to go by since I don't have fancy PAR ratings. I wonder if someone who can measure that stuff would compile a sheet full of bulbs at some point. That'd be cool!
I will post fish pictures much later. Since I'm already taking up too much time! I will also be posting many questions in the planted sections later~ I'm going to try and make the NPT transition as smooth as possible for me!