I tested the water today and it is the same happy story as before: Ammonia 0ppm, Nitrite 0ppm, Nitrate 10ppm, pH 7.4. I bought a mechanical timer for the lighting so that there is a set pattern of about 10-11 hours of light per day.
This picture shows tank buddies Speckled Jim the shrimp hanging upside down on the bogwood with Lemony Snicket one of the female platys swimming by. Her belly is getting bigger and she is fairly transparent in places so I can see darker marks which may indicate some developing young. Watch this space…
Speckled Jim is strutting around his manor tonight. No longer hiding under the log, he is scurrying about, climbing over plants and even climbed the glass in front of my camera. The show off. I’m not sure how much algae clearing he is doing but George is always on the job. They both posed in the same plant for this photo opportunity.
I tested the water this afternoon and the ammonia is still at 0ppm and Nitrates at 10ppm.
The shrimp and catfish must be good clean folk: Ammonia test showed 0ppm today and Nitrates are still at 10ppm. Jim has done some serious peeking today from behind the log. He must be exhausted as he peaked yesterday.
George the dwarf suckermouth catfish and Speckled Jim the shrimp are still alive today! George has been confidently swimming from leaf to leaf and Jim has scurried about, hung upside down from a plant and has made a home in the end of the bogwood log. Busy.
I used a magnetic algae cleaner on the tank today and it looks a lot better; there is plenty of algae on the plants for those who want to eat it and I have bought a pellet food for them too, so they won’t starve. All is well in aquarium world.
Snailor the snail is ploughing through the algae but is pulling a train of poop – and I was thinking the snails would help to clean up. The picture looks like Netty the Platy is spouting a cartoon think bubble. What do fish think about?