Many many thanks for the very nice compliments, especially from those of you whose work I've admired and learned from. Redfish, hoppy and 150EH need not worry. I'll be switching to clear packing tape for the pulls very soon. (Actually, maybe redfish wants to turn two curly maple mushroom pulls for me?)
Three days after planting everything seems to be going as I should expect. Some of the stems are beginning to show a little growth. Some of the crypts are melting. The java fern looks distressed. The "glosso" that I ordered and planted turns out really to be HC, which as I said was in horrible condition. This is really annoying. I've contacted the company I ordered from (which also failed to send me the moss I ordered), and will be posting an unfavorable review if they don't take care of both problems.
I'm doing daily water changes but I'm already getting some "green water" issues. I've seeded the tank with some mulm from an established tank, but ammonia is still off the charts.
Wingsdlc: Flowrate with the odyssea seems good, at least for now. But as I've noted elsewhere, I'm getting annoyed at the finickiness of the Odyssea, and am considering switching to something more...green and German. Any suggestions for the appropriate model--main issue being adequate flowrate for circulation?