little update, I need to go take some new pictures today. The diatoms and sediment/detritus have been unbearable so I made some changes. Mr. Whitey the albino bristlenose plec (not sure if male or female
) is living now in my 55g. The lonely little sickly old neon finally passed on, and I dont think the female betta is far behind. She has been having some swelling issues lately, I think shes doomed to the same fate as every other female betta in that tank. I have bumped the water changes up to 2x a week to keep the gunk off the gravel, and turned the flow on the AC20 up a bit. After a few days of no pleco, the water is crystal clear. My plan of putting the pygmy chain sword next to the brazil microsword is working like a champ. Got one super fast healthy runner growing off the PCS, and as I suspected, growing in the shade of ludwigia and red crypt the microsword is doing exactly nothing. As I get pygmy chain sword sprouts in numbers the microsword is getting saved for the 55g rescape. I just wish the chain sword would send runners under the gravel instead of on top.
Something interesting to note, despite weekly dosing of flourish comp, and being directly under the CFL lights, the water sprite has been dwindling quite a bit. I have only 2 small tufts floating, and both arent growing much and turning a bit brown. Originally I was almost double dosing with comprehensive. Im thinking the high light level might be too much for normal dosing. As the thalictroides have grown over to shade the anubias, I have been removing the cornuta and putting it in my 110g where it has thrived.
If the betta winds up not surviving, the tank is going to run really understocked for a while, and water changes are going to be done with denitrified water via fluvals nitrate remover. Once everything is happy, the stocking will be my bolivian ram, the assortment of cories, the 3 glass cats (plus 1 or 2 more), and maybe a small school of pencil fish.
Anywhoo, in a couple hours ill clean the tank up and take some pics :)