14 December 2019

small fish update

My two guppy moms are about to have their third batch of fry. Here's the last one from the previous batch- you can just see it middle of the photo below the broader fake stem plant leaf:
They're getting very square in the belly again, but dart around excited when I'm close to the tank so all my photo attempts came out a blur:
I did some cleanup in the window tank recently. Took the last sheet of plastic film off, to let more light in now it's winter. I hadn't realized how dim the tank was getting until I saw how much brighter it looks now. My six white clouds still look well- one is always very plump (front top of photo) I kept hoping they'd spawn and I'd get fry but now I just think this one is a pig or bully and eats more than its fair share.
I started adding floaters back in. Topside has been very bare lately- especially since I decided to plant the elodea stems against the rear glass. Salvinia minima suddenly took off in the guppy tank and completely covered the surface, so I thinned that out and dumped a bunch back in here, hoping that whatever killed it off before is no longer a problem. Also started thinning out hornwort weekly from the angelfish tank, likewise put those trimmings in here. I thought the hornwort would melt or shed a lot (large temperature difference) but needle drop was minimal. And what do you know, my paradise fish quit sitting on the substrate and is now moving about the tank again, or hanging near the surface under some floaters. I think maybe he was feeling exposed and thus hanging low, rather than being sick all this time. If that's the case, glad I didn't put him through the stress of a needless medication dose.

12 December 2019

schefflera buds

My kid came to me and said: "Mom, is your plant in the dining room supposed to make flowers?" She said there was a weird thing on it that "looks like a fat yellow pinecone." She was right: our giant schefflera is blooming again!

06 December 2019


I didn't dose any more medication yet, uncertain still if Laddie has parasites, or what kind. The other day he perked up when I fed flake from a newly-opened can (probably better nutrition and flavor than the container I'd finished just prior, which may have been over a year old) and then I dosed vitamins in the water, and started feeding him guppy fry, a few every other day.
He started moving around the tank with interest again, waggling his tail at me, and zipping about so it's hard to get a photo!

05 December 2019

blue happy

My stevia downstairs is ailing, but I'm very happy to report that the bay laurel seems to be doing fine with the other plants by the sliding glass door. It's leaves slightly blue compared to the other plants.

03 December 2019

purple and violet

My older, purplish violet is blooming.
So is the newer one, with darker leaves, that I picked up on a whim from nursery a few months ago. Funny, each bunch of flowers on it has a different appearance. One has flowers almost all purple with just a hint of white edges-
Another bunch has wider margins-
And on the third they're mostly white with purple centers-
I don't know why there's such variation on one plant, but it's interesting.

semi succulents

Small kalanchoe, the only one I have left, filling its tiny pot now
Birds-nest sansevieria doing okay. Lower leaves don't look great, but newer ones seem fine so I hope it's just adjusting.
My youngest charlie is the healthiest one. The mid-sized pot I have in my room, the leaves on outer edges of vines are normal darker hue now that I moved it away from the window light. The oldest pot, in the front room, looks awful and I'm probably going to throw it out.
My thanksgiving cactus bloomed! just in time for the holiday.
Starting to bud:
Fully opened a week later:

02 December 2019

all my coleus

The bright, pinched one. I've taken second cuttings of these already, so have nine pots of it now.
'Gay Delight'
Orange and lime
'Kiwi Fern' and crazy 'Rodeo Drive'
more 'Kiwi Fern'
I'm used to seeing the leaves of coleus change some in hue, intensity, and how broad the markings are, with changes in light exposure when I bring them in for winter. But these- the 'Rodeo Drive'- newest leaves have no dark markings at all. I didn't expect that.

27 November 2019

window tank plants

Some belated pictures. Hygro or whatever-it-is looking golden in the sunlight- recently cut and replanted some of those stems.
I'm glad I moved the moss rock back a bit, put the crypt becketti behind it, and planted a row of buce 'green wavy' in front. It's one of the nicer spots in the tank now.
Fissidens on the rock is finally big enough to get a decent photo-
Anubias 'pangolino' on the other rock-
I just cut out all these brown stems of the parrot's feather, leaving a bit trailing in on top from above, and a short piece sticking out of the substrate on a few, that are already growing out ferny wisps.
Still have some stems of mermaid weed and ludwigia arcuata (on left). Wish there was more of those, but it grows rather slowly.
Buces still do pretty well for me in here:
The dwarf echinodorus continues to look better in this tank, it doesn't seem to mind the chill so far.