A small update on my Eclipse at work.
I recently purchased my last... or at least close to it, fish for the tank. I added two more harlequin rasboras (or at least what I'm calling harlequins) and one otocinclus catfish. That brings me to:
1 Male crowntail betta, "Shark"
6 Harlequin Rasboras
1 Otocinclus Catfish
The reason this may not be my last fish addition is that I already like the oto a lot and may get him a tankmate or two. They're not for algae control, most of the nuisance algae in the tank is gone. I just wanted to try out a non-cory catfish and see how I liked them. Turns out I do. That'd be it for fish though, I swear. Shrimp though, I may add a few ghost shrimp just because of how much I like shrimp.
Here's a picture of my oto:
Do not be fooled, this was only the second time I've ever seen him on the sand. Most of the time he's attached to the walls or a piece of equipment. In fact he seems to be quite adept at finding places to cram himself into where I can't find him. I know oto's are delicate which of course makes me nervous when I can't find him. I added a piece of algae wafer this morning to help make sure he's well fed but the little bugger hasn't come to it.
That could be because Shark has taken an interest in it and won't leave it alone.
During my hunt for for my oto something caught my eye high up in the top corner of my tank:
Apparently the "snail-free" plant tank at my LFS wasn't quite as snail free as they represented it to be. Any help getting a positive ID on this snail would be great. Slow or nonbreeder species it gets to stay. If it's a crawling plague my fish get a treat.
And finally here's a close up of my little crypt.
I took this because I wanted a good reference for growth and vibrancy of the plant. I've just started to dose my tank with Flourish and Flourish Excel for nutrients and carbon. I want to be able to see later on if they're having an effect on it. It could just be wishful thinking but even after two days of dosing I actually think it looks a little greener. One thing I need is a medicine dropper. The directions on the bottle are a capful for a 60 gallon tank. I've got a 6 gallon, and it's just one little plant. I think I need to be adding a few drops of Excel at the most on a daily basis.
I'll try to get a FTS this evening after the water change. I've got a new rock to add in addition to one I added last week and I want it in the shot. I've also got some ideas to reduce the glare on the tank that I want to try.
Nothing really new to say about the 48, it's just chugging along fine. Everyone is fat and happy.