Sorry to hear about the puppy. My dog had a cyst his his eye a few years back and for the cost of a small dream tank it was successfully removed.
and rinsed out the media in one of the filters. Pulled out some broadleaf chain sword to make room for some Alternanthera reineckii 'cardinalis' that I picked up from PetSmart in one of those Topfin gel packs. They are very small (which is something the gel pack plants seem to have in common). Once they acclimate and start growing they should attain full size. Finger crossed on this.
Top view of new plants:
Plants that were removed:
Ongoing battle with the MTS; I use toothpicks to hold down some new plantings and the MTS have ideas of their own: