Joined: Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:44 pm
To summarize, a great clump of string algae overran the surface floor of the jar and had overwhelmed the Gibba to the point of near-death. It had also killed off most of my remaining Hornwort plant, and out-competed the Duckweed to the point that they had devolved into tiny stunted leaves floating on the water surface.
To combat this threat to the Gibba, and any other semblance to an advanced plant lifeform, I removed most of the visible string algae. This however was a mistake as I had not realized that tons of Ostracod cliques, and clans had made this their safe haven. I dub this update, and the previous month before as the Great Culling or the Lesser Extinction Event (the former extinction event being the 'Greater' of the two). However, I believe the next update will signify it's end.
So I mentioned that I captured something pretty neat earlier. Well I figured I might as well clarify on what I meant by capture.
You see, I have a empty pool that occasionally fills with pure sky water from time to time, however it is most sustainable for life when the monsoon comes around. The copious amounts of rainfall create a artificial pond that supports algae growth, and in turn living organisms as large as Dragonfly nymphs. This year there were no backstriders to be found, however tons of dragonfly nymphs, mosquito larvae and surprisingly enough, a triop that survived a whole batch of eggs were to be observed and captured.
However I did not expect lady luck to bless me with another chance at capturing this moment with a specific inveterate. I have caught this insect only once, and did not realize what it was until attempting to feed it to my fish; what it did, amazed me. It darted down to the aquarium bottom gracefully outmaneuvering all my fish, doing exactly the opposite any insect would do once in that situation.
I then realized that it was some kind of Water Scavenger Beetle (Hydrophiloidea).
I don't know what happened to it since, possibly devoured, or potentially flew out of the aquarium for better pastures. However now I finally have proof of capturing one of these beautiful organisms.
Here are some more pictures, I will start off with the pool/pond: On to GIFs:
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