Time to see how all the newer plants are doing in my aquariums! Some are doing fantastic, others struggling and look like they might not make it. I was hoping that hygro pinnatifida would do okay in this tank, but it looks like it is just taking longer to decay. The stem I have planted on the right end of the tank, by the sponge filter, is quickly melting to nothing. Leaves dislodge at a nudge, even if they still look fine (so pretty).
In that last pic, you can see to the right of 'capuronii' the nearly-naked stem of hygro pinnatifida (I should just pull it out) and the leggy stems of micromeria brownei- which I don't like anymore either. I was a bit dismayed this week to find that, no matter how nice the plants are looking, some of my cherry barbs had pale patches on their bodies like the beginning of fungus, and one of the males ragged fins. Nitrates were higher than I expected- 40ppm- so after the 50% water change I dosed very lightly on the ferts. I also spent more time than usual meticulously cleaning out all the dying foliage, and siphoned out two shrimp exoskeletons as well (so I guess they're doing well, if managing to molt- but I only saw two today). Not sure what caused the higher nitrates. I did look for a dead snail- my nerites are getting old- but they are all still alive.