I did record a video, and I will post it on this post, as well as the newly introduced ToC (Table of Contents) post on the first page of this thread. I also have some updates on the other Specimen Jars, if anybody is interested, along with a couple bonus pictures at the end.
So to start off, let's focus on Specimen Jar 'I' where we left off. A lot has changed in terms of growth for both plants, and animals.
Utricularia Gibba (Humped Bladderwort), from its humble beginnings slowly acclimated back to the reality it was now in, and has surged back from its tiny stems like a Phoenix rebirthed from ash. With the growth of new traps, it has managed to suck in multiple prey, and fertilize itself even further than through the nutrients present within the water. Growth is noticeable within days.
Duckweed now fully established, and dominating the jarrarium as a major food source, and oxygen source. Its collective roots hang like jungle vines, almost reaching the surface floor. It has boosted population capacity by providing extra resting space, and breathable oxygen for the residents inside.
Hornwort is budding within the jarrarium. What I have observed is that it always seems to stay at a certain size, either because of (a.) not enough sunlight, and nutrients to absorb, combined with the competition it has with its other cousins (b.) algae tends to fester around the tendrils of the Hornwort, and usually becomes a bid of whether the HW manages to weather it out or not. Whatever the cause, I believe it will prosper in this current state.
Anubius is now falling to pieces, literally. The seed shrimp society along with other detrivores present, slowly breaks down the decaying plant. Once a skeleton of its former shell, now a heap of plant matter, and that is the result of not acclimating new plants. Along with the help of our next subject.
Algae has constantly been in decline. However, it may have setup beneath the soil, safe from the competition of its more advanced cousins, and predators. I am unsure if the organisms have attempted to farm the algae, but I have noticed that there always tends to be a little patch of algae that never seems to fade away.
Ostracod (Seed Shrimp) litter the jar, working constantly beneath the thin layer of detritus mixed w/soil doing lord knows what. They constantly shuffle beneath the layer coming in constant contact with the detritus worms. Their volume is so great, that swarms of them migrate into the northern Duckweed wilderness. They seem to have mostly forgotten about the Gibba plant; not their fault though, oral legends usually aren't the best methods of preserving knowledge.
Malaysian Trumpet Snail population has been dormant. I see them from time to time rather than constantly like I used to. Could be good or bad, as it could signify good oxygen content. Could also mean that they are being outcompeted for food, and their population is slowly withering away. I will have to observe them at night *mental note*.
Naididae (Detritus Worms) population has decreased as seed shrimp outcompete them. I constantly see them spazzing the **** out when the little ostracods swarm them. Seed shrimp seem to be quite an annoyance for everyone else I have noticed.
Cyclops, went extinct many generations ago. However, a cousin might be introduced in its place.
Here is the link to the most recent video: https://youtu.be/j5JAzcEaBSU
Will list pictures in chronological order:
Here's an example of when the Ostracods weigh plant matter down onto the soil:
Here's a couple closeups of the U. Gibba stem: ...And here is the last picture for Specimen Jar 'I':