Quick update. The tank has undergone some massive algae outbreaks, and deaths
I lost my sparkling gourami, two of my cross banded danio, and all but one of my chili rasboras in a strange ammonia spike. I also am having a very hard time keeping inverts alive in this tank. I have lost all of my nerites, and all of my amano shrimp. The tetras and remaining danios are doing great though. The dwarf four leaf clover did not survive my attack on the algae with over dosing the excel, so I decided to go another route with the carpet. I have 5 pots of Crypt. Parva ordered from an LFS, and plan to use that. There has been some plant changes too!!! I ripped out all of the corymbosa this evening, and replanted with trimmings of rotala 'nanjenshan' and rotala rotundifolia. i have kept the few stems of aromatica in the tank, and will see how well I can get them to bush out. The plan is to keep smaller species of plants in here to better fit the scale of the tank. I will know how well the tank will support this idea in the coming weeks. The tank is certainly a high light tank thanks to DaveH bringing his PAR meter over to measure. at the time I was getting just over 50 par at the substrate level with the single 24Watt CFL mounted vertical over the tank about 2" off the top of the tank. the light is now 1/2" off the top of the water and should be providing plenty of light.
My plans after the scape takes shape will be adding a few more ember tetras, a couple more cross banded danio, and one small center piece fish. I was thinking maybe a male endler, or possibly another Dario. I want to make sure the tank is ready for them before I go that route.
ohh and I added some Hygrophila pinnatifida temporarily too. I am letting it grow out for a bit before adding it to my 36 gal. Rockhoe14er was nice enough to give me a small stem
here is one pic I just took tonight, more to come as it grows in, and the trimming to get my bushes goes into motion.