Well, actually, it hit a stage one and a half, then two… Last weekend we were shopping at a store next to Petsmart, and I picked up a baker’s dozen of neon tetras rather than waiting until this weekend like I had originally planned. The water has continued to clear up, though the water has a bit of a tea color to it when I look through the side of the tank with the light off. A water change is in the works for this weekend or early next week, and possibly replacing some of the filter media. The dwarf hairgrass isn’t doing terribly well. A few clumps have died and been removed from the tank.
Today I picked up a pre-filter sponge for the filter intake, to help keep some of the big pieces out of the filter, such as plant pieces… and little African Dwarf Frog legs. I also got five African Dwarf Frogs today at the pet store. They’re goofy little critters to watch in the tank, swimming around and hiding under plants and the driftwood.
Monkey seems to have finally noticed the fish tank, so the next few days could get interesting. I peeled her off of the buffet twice tonight, and I certainly hope she doesn’t try to jump up on top of the tank. The glass lid isn’t a great fit, as the water pressure in the tank has made the long sides bow out just a little, so a little cat trying to jump on the lid could make quite the mess.
I did some research online regarding the bowing, and some people say it’s normal, and some say to worry. For now, I’m keeping an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t get worse, or that the side seams don’t start to weep. I think I may keep an eye out for a 29 gallon tank with a center cross brace, or a bow-front tank of similar volume that will fit on our buffet table where the tank currently is. All of the bow front tanks I’ve seen come with a cross brace across the top of the tank to support the sides of the tank from the pressure of the water.
Has anybody else noticed the long sides of a tank bow when it’s filled with water?