Yesterday I checked my levels and my ammonia is finally down to a negligible level so I decided to go fish shopping.
picked up 7 Rasbora Espei (porkchop rasboras) and 3 Otocinclus
You can see all 3 of the oto's in this photo... I really need a macro lens to shoot fauna.
Unfortunately I'm also starting to see some string algae, hoping I can control this in time. I dropped my photo period from 10 hours to 7 hours and have started dosing excel, micro ferts, and nitrogen again. I had been holding off on dosing the ferts while waiting for the water parameters to level out.
I'm hoping 3 oto's doesn't end up being too much in this tank, initially I had wanted to get pygmy corydora's rather than oto's but I'm hoping the oto's will help me maintain a cleaner tank... will see.
I'll probably add 6 or so more rasbora's in a few weeks as well, the school looks pretty small so far but seem pretty happy.
also hoping to ask some experts for aquascaping advice. I feel like the tank is already starting to get crowded with how fast the plants are growing, wondering if I shouldn't just pull out a few of the stem plants altogether or how I can best trim them to improve the aesthetic against the rear wall... I'll post another thread in the aquascaping forum.