Well, I tried to get some video of Caspian as he was being silly and flaring at his snail. But alas, he saw me and stopped and stared at me until I put the phone down. haha.
Such a smart boy, he definitely doesn't like me filming him :P
Fins are still doing fine despite the curling, though I did notice one thing today that I'll have to keep an eye on.
It could very well be from the curling rays, they could be curling so much that its causing a divet or could be slowly splitting the rays, or it could be some minor fin biting.
It is in a little bit of a U shape like biting entails, but its so small that I could just be overreacting. :P Even though they have the weird curling, I've been lucky to have a healthy enough boy that there are no rips or tears, his fins have a nice solid curve on the end. This little divet has been the only change in that recently.
So lets hope its not fin biting! If it is, I might consider changing the cryptocoryne beckettii in the back right to a java fern or some bigger anubias that may provide some more shade for Caspian.
I'm not a huge fan of duckweed or the other plants that float on the top, and the tank is so planted already that I don't wanna take up too much of his space haha.
We'll keep an eye on it. ;)
In other news, the tank at home is still solidly stuck in the nitrite stage. No change there, but nitrates have also gone up. I did a 50% water change yesterday, so I will wait a little and do another next week. I recently had a brown algae bloom as well! I know algae blooms can be common when cycling a tank, I've just never dealt with brown algae like this! I'm used to the cyanobacteria and green algae I used to get in the 2.5 gallon haha.
It freaked me out a little because I could see the filter compartment had brown all over the output tube. When I took out the filter media when doing a water change, it dyed all brown! I gave it a rinse, but its solidly a reddish brown.
I'm thinking it may also be from the wood I put in there as well as the indian almond leaves. I know the tannins can make the water that dark color, so maybe its more from that than algae.
Either way, the snails get a nice meal!
Oh and speaking of snails, I might have just barely avoided disaster! I recently bought some more plant additions and like a dummy I forgot to rinse off the plants before adding them in. I got them at petco, and I remember seeing in the store that almost all their tanks were overrun with Malaysian trumpet snails! Well, I like my nerite snails, but I specifically picked those snails so they don't breed and overrun my tank. D:
Well, when cleaning the tank, I spotted a whiteish blob on one of my plants with some brownish specs dotting the inside. I used my tweezers and grabbed it, put it in a cup with water, and took out and washed all the plants haha. I looked for any other egg sacks, and I couldn't see any, but washed just in case.
I checked on that cup a day or two later and sure enough it hatched and around 4-5 little whitish specs were born! Now they're too small to know for sure, but they are stuck to the glass and move around when I come back to check on them later so I'm gonna assume they are snails! (plus the egg sack looked like ramshorn or some other small snail egg sack when I looked on google). Hopefully I caught them just in time, but I won't be suprised if I missed some. D: