More fun and games :)
The pH is almost certainly (how can I ever be 100% certain?) due to the HOB filter and the excellent oxygenation. I am down to 1 pH test a day, and number is holding steady at 7.4 which is higher than I would like, but is rock steady unless I do a water change when it dips a bit before returning to 7.4. I would rather live with that than start mucking about with chemicals.
Tagawa is now IN. Day 2. Too early for him to be properly settled, but he seems quite happy.
Hasn't noticed the shrimp, despite them being very active and bright yellow.
Nor has he got the hang of the new feeding routine though. I think he always used to rely on the rest of the tank occupants to rush about and signal Feeding Time. He is very slow to realise that I am offering food. Unless he sees it actually land on the water within an inch of his nose, he will miss it completely.
Shrimp are happy. They have demolished an entire mulberry leaf and are working on the banana leaf piece and the catappas now. Water has a healthy peaty tint, so the Catappa are helping with the pH. Of course I don't want it too soft now, or the shrimp will suffer.
Oh, and the Finnex Stingray died. :( less than 6 months old. :( am wondering if it was the journey - had to buy it from an American seller and import it, because I couldn't find it here in England. So was it handled roughly by courier? Did that shorten its life? Pointless speculation. Return postage cost would make returning it a nonsense.
Anyway, this time have bought closer to home.
Much internal angst over quality, plant illumination needs, size of tank, need to use it as a desk lamp too...
Decided to go with Fluval, for the App and AWESOME controllability from anywhere with a wifi connection.
Then went for the Fluval plant spectrum LED nano.
Incredibly easy to set up, and... dare I say it... very sexy!
Just a minimalist black tile, perfect height, perfect size, and up and running in 5 mins with 24 hr timer, dawn til dusk and blue night light, all adjustable.
The light is currently golden sunlight, but will cool and soften as evening draws in.
Very natural looking!
Had enough of 22 litre tank aggro for the moment.
Have told it, and all its occupants, that they have to buck up and run smoothly for a while.
: (Kham) mature setup; betta, purple rasboras, amano and wood shrimp. Heavily planted.
22litre cube tank
: (Tagawa); betta, 2 amano, yellow dwarf shrimp. Heavily planted.
57litre cube tank
: (No Name); betta, ember tetras, 2 amano, 1 nerite, 1 assassin, doing his thing. Heavily planted.
; honey gourami, cherry barbs, green neons, kuhli loaches, otocinclus, nerites, pond snails, amano. Heavily planted.