Chaos, Algae warfare, and Ninjas oh-my!
Well we got back from the hospital and Dumb Bob will live unfortunately...I just think that incidences like this are mother nature's way of eliminating dummies from the gene pool. It really is funny though because every time Dumb Bob comes out from the lavatory we notice that it is covered in blue! The doctors said this will occur for a couple more days.
the Commander's #1 assassin has been tracking Sgt. Slaughter, traversing through rough terrain all the while unseen...or so he thought:
Joes have ninjas to (they're like rabbits)
, and this ninja tries to take #1 by surprise!!
#1 is far to cunning to fall for a trap like this though, nevertheless a lightning-paced dual ensues...
#1 quickly subdues our common enemy, disarming the ninja of his sword and knocking him down...he has been in this business for a long time. That's why he's #1
! Before the ninja can regain his bearings, #1 picks him up and tosses him in the microwave. This battle must end quickly before the Joe's are alerted to #1's presence...
Microwave set on HIGH for 10 minutes, NO
trace evidence left behind! (start canned laughter)
The search for the notorious
Sgt. Slaughter continues...
(start theme song) #1
#1, he's the best #1 because he's #1
I know what you are thinking right now, you are probably saying "Gee zer0zax, we know you like taking pictures and have entirely to much time on your hands, but what does this have to do with planted aquariums?"
Well, the simple answer is EVERYTHING
! Planted aquariums are love & hate, peace & war, all rolled into one! If you do to much or to little and don't weigh the consequences, bad stuff starts to happen! Pay attention so this doesn't happen to YOU
When the Commander and I got back to our base from the hospital, this is what we found:
Another one of Sgt. Slaughter's ninjas (they really are like rabbits, they got mad hops)
had infiltrated our base, and was lowering two algae bots into The Ugly Tank! We dispatched the ninja quickly, but it was to late...the algae bots were already going to work in the tank.
At first we thought they were kind of cute in their own special way, it looked like they were trying to plant some kind of bio film in the substrate. Here is a crappy pic:
Unfortunately one of the algae bots must have been armed with an algae bomb, because once that thing went off, BOOM
Here is a full tank shot. At first it looked like a film on the glass, but when I looked closer I noticed it was actually leaking out from the gravel. It looks like it is creeping toward the sand:
At least the water is crystal clear now, just wondering how long it will last! Guess the filter works after all!! The funny thing is that some of the very fine dirt is laying on top of the sand, and no film is on it. Some of the bone meal is exposed also as Dumb Bob mixed up the substrate by accident (I'm getting tired of him)
but the film is not growing on all of it, just some pieces. I did gravel vac my 5gal NPT very heavily so I could use that mulm to help cycle the ugly tank though, and some of the gravel I used was very dirty, all of it unwashed. I can't really pinpoint what individual thing is promoting this film.
The film also appears to look like a white fog laying low, concentrated in the middle-right of the tank and not really developing on top of the gravel, only where the gravel meets the sand. All of the dirt and bone meal was placed on the left side of the tank, and the left side has very little of this stuff growing in it. All of the plants have reoriented themselves to the light and several new leaves are growing. The Limnophila aromatica is turning a brown red now, not vivid like when I first got it, but it has grown at least half an inch and has severl new leaves. All it has to do is reach the surface!
Here is a pic of the bio film up close. This is as close to it as I can get before the pics start to come out fuzzy looking. I really need to learn how to take close-up shots, hopefully I don't have to buy a lens to focus pics that are taken close.
The bio film looks like it is really starting to dig in! I know these pics are bad but if anyone can identify it, I'd appreciate ya! The film is light gray/whitish in color and a few tiny white specks can be seen in it here and there. Tomorrow I will have to take a dive in the tank and battle the bio film bot with a gravel vac, as Dumb Bob is still sick (guess he does have his uses)
Next time on The Ugly Tank: Gravel Vacs and Soil Bazookas