Thanks for the kind words guys.
Time for an update and it aint pretty. Let's see . . . ah yes, more algae. Oh and the snails that I though I got rid of . . . well, they are back too. I have also lost two tetras. RIP guys/girls.
On a lighter note, I welcome the addition of two new ottos. One of them has a white spot on it though which I am afraid might be ich but I need to do some more research before coming to a conclusion.
Also, the plan has changed somewhat. Now I plan on a carpet of marsilea minutia and Eleocharis sp. Japan. I really like the HG Japan and when I got it it was a bright beautiful green. Now it looks a little dull and is starting to accumulate some algae. The MM, however, seems to be coming along well putting up new leaves every day.
Still trying to firgure out which red stem I want for the background and I think I am going to go with the Rotala Mac. Japan Red if I can get my hands on it.
I guess I just wanted to post this update because as much as I want the sweet looking tanks I have seen all over this great forum the reality is that I am going to have to work at it and its not always going to be perfect.
Going to try and up my water changes to two a week to help out with the water quality. I am also going to switch out one of the T8 bulbs I am running for a T12 to see if that might help some with the algae. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
So here is a FTS below.