I did the regular amount of water change- fifty percent- which is more than the packet instructions say to remove the medication. Put some carbon media in the filter box. I've had to service the filter last week and this. The prior time, it wouldn't start up again after I'd turned it off for something (usually I leave it running while doing the wc). I had to take it apart and clean the impeller- white crusty stuff built up on it. It ran again, but was making a slight grinding noise this week. Took it apart again today and scrubbed more thoroughly with a toothbrush. Sucked out the hole the impeller sits in with baster. Now it's running quietly again.
Thinned out some apono leaves, too- quite a number of them were getting pale and pinkish, or algae on the ends. I noticed my crypt wendtii also had some outer leaves turning that rusty pink hue. Looked at the calendar, it's been five weeks since root tabs so I put some in today. I think that's what they missed.
Also tied a bunch of loose subwassertang down to little stones, and removed subwasser from the driftwood twig, put that on stones as well. I like them better that way, it's easy to move them around for rearranging stuff, or to take them out and trim. They're not in the second picture yet.
I'm still waiting for the other medication to arrive- it's probably going to be here monday. Meanwhile, Snaky Fish continues to move around a bit more, not so lethargic. Upcoming post on the zucchini feeding frenzy.