Well, I tackled a little more of that moss on the right side. I also cut down that ragged rotala, topped it and replanted that. i'm happy to say that it has enough growth since last week to start peeking up from the substrate. I'm also happy to the the parva has grown (or I think it has, hard to tell).
The front is still a little bald, I probably need to do something about that. I don't think the parva would grow quick enough to be effective there. I really only noticed it as a big area in the picture below. From my chair it doesn't look so bad.
I've got pretty mixed emotions about the hair grass. It's a bit tall. I might hack some of the sword/val mess in the back and try it back there in the next couple of weeks. I like them hiding the filter pipes, but it gets a little beaten up right at the surface, and there's some bba spots that I have to prune anyway. Maybe I'll get both those birds with the same stone.
I had been really concerned about hacking down all the moss as the shrimped seemed so fond of it, but it looks like they've busied themselves elsewhere now. I was also a little worried that the shrimp wouldn't like the flow from the powerhead or that it would be too much for the fish, but they both seem to swim around in the current without issue. I think the fish really like it.
Other than that, the tank had been on autopilot for a long time, so aside from fighting moss (duckweed was the first battle). I'm going through and cleaning the filter every couple of weeks. I always get nervous about making a whole lot of changes at once, so I just pick a spot, or a plant, or a whatever and get to it, settle back and wait a week.
Also, my bulbs were about four years old, so I picked up a replacement for one of them and I'll keep an eye on the co2 for a bit to make sure it's up to snuff.
I think I'm going to get a little tank going again and I might look around and see if I can find some additional plants for this guy.
It's no work of art, but it's a lot better than it was and makes me happy. I sort of feel that the wood may need to come to the right a bit.
I think this has grown enough to top and plant.
I flipped this damn picture in windows and on photobucket and it's still wrong. Nevermind, I guess it was just cached wrong.