Diatom bloom is improving! yay!
3 days of darkness, and the black blobs seem to be lifting off the plant leaves by themselves. The snail is still busy on the glass, and hasn't trekked across the carpet plants to find the middle of the tank.
There are still dots of brown algae/diatoms on the fake tree root, where the light hits it. But I have decided not to worrit about them. Everything I read says that a diatom bloom is usual towards the end of cycling a new tank, and it will clear by itself in a few weeks. In the meantime, I want the snail to have something to eat.
I have also added some small indian almond (catappa) leaves to both tanks. Bought normal sized ones (which turn out to be 8 inches long) and small ones, which are around 1-2 inches long. have put half a big one in the 15 gallon, and 3 little ones in the 5g, and will see what they do, adjusting accordingly.
: 70litre mature setup; betta, purple rasboras, 2 nerites, amano and wood shrimp. Heavily planted.
: 22litre cube; betta, 2 amano. Heavily planted.
: 57litre cube; betta, ember tetras, 2 amano, 1 nerite, heavily planted.
; honey gourami, cherry barbs, green neons, kuhli loaches, otocinclus, pond snails and 1 assassin doing his thing. Heavily planted.