I'm so happy to see you feeling positive again, I know just how distressing it can be when things all seem to be going wrong at once in a tank. Been there, it's never fun.
Algae and Watersprite. . . meh, I have no doubt in my mind that you'll get lil' HePuff's tank whipped back into shape in no time. Just a part of the game, neh?
I had a feeling there was a missing piece to the puzzle. . . I say who needs crypts when you can have Cories instead? I'm still holding out hope that they'll return, but if not - ppppppft em! We live and learn, all of us. I'll be looking forward to the next chapter in these pretty little tanks of yours.
Your little Salt-and-Peppers are LOVELY
, and oh-so-cute. They seem like a great fit for your tank to me, and I'm sure they'll thrive under your care! Everything does - you shouldn't doubt yourself so much! Thank you for sharing these ADORABLE lil' guys with us! Very much waiting for you to bust out the 'real' video camera and give us a tour *hint hint* I'm so jealous - I want ALL of your FISSSSHHHHH!!!! ::green::
Don't worry too much on the Apple snails. They aren't a terribly long-lived creature when kept in tanks, and like you said - you didn't know how old they were when you brought them home. Apples are perfectly comfortable in a broad range of temps, but the warmth of a tropical tank does speed up their metabolism, and thus, their lifespans. Not a bad thing, just the way they are. But you have BABIES!
So here's to another round of Apples!
Another yay that your new shrimpies seem to be doing so well!
GAH! I just love