05 August 2016
Hornwort long and very healthy-looking this week. Trimmed about a third of that back and saved some nice plumes to grow out floating loose, tucked between the tethered stems.
Aponos I moved to the back wall are each sprouting a new leaf this week, so I guess they are settling in. I will wait to move the rest until done with some other stuff- next week I plan to lift out the buce log, trim off the older leaves that still get BBA, and thin out the vallisneria.
The wood bits I used to tether down some baby watersprites. The big ones behind the driftwood I had recently tethered to glass beads with loose loops of fishing line- so they are held just at the substrate but not buried. Their roots can go in to get a hold, but they won't drift loose and come up like happens so often. I've tried it again with a few more baby plants, but this time looped them onto the driftwood. My plan is that the new stems will grow up through the loops, and keep them in place. But maybe I tied it a bit too tight for that.
For the first time yesterday I was able to feed my kuhli loaches garlic-soaked bloodworms. Before, I had no way to get them this particular food before the barbs grab it all. This time I gave the barbs their share, and then shortly after lowered the food trap (empty) into the tank. The kuhlis are learning- all four black ones swarmed the entrance at once. Two of them were already in there by the time I reached in a syringe of worms to inject food through the top hole. I waited a while for Albert to go in the trap, then moved very slowly to put in a second helping of bloodworms. Unfortunately this time Albert panicked when I bumped the trap slightly, and scrambled for the exit. The black loaches startled too, but they came back right away, and by the time Albert had got up his nerve to approach again, they had eaten all the bloodworms.
Oh well, I think he is learning. The black kuhlis know this thing means food, hopefully soon Albert will too, and realize he doesn't get hurt or stuck in there. I'm using it two or three times a week now, to give the kuhlis an extra helping of algae wafers, shrimp pellets or soaked micropellets. And now bloodworms. Feel very satisfied to finally see them get that treat.