Yeah, the water has really cleared up.
Too bad I'll be doing a little rearranging and maintenance today :P Going to cloud it up all over again!
ONE WEEK UPDATE:
So my tank is now a week old
Well, I planted my Rotala Rotundifolia about a week ago, anyway. I'm seeing a lot of very rapid growth. My Rotala stems have doubled in length and finally have lovely submersed leaves. My Blyxa is bronzing a bit, but I think it's going to make it. My Rotala Macrandra is staying a vibrant red, and I'm seeing some new stems popping out of the old. My narrow-leaf Macrandra is a bit less red, which is disappointing, but it's only been in the tank for about 3 full days. I'm hoping it will color up. My Glosso is growing a bit vertically, but with 2x24 watts and ample CO2, I think it just needs to be trimmed down and trained.
My otos are doing okay, I think. I bought four, but I only ever see three out at a time (at least since yesterday), so I think my number four died. I'm going to be doing some maintenance this afternoon, so I hope I can find out either way. The other three seem to be adjusting okay. My tank is making some of that yummy new-tank algae that they like to gobble up. My big guy seems to have made himself at home on my driftwood. He spends most of his time cleaning it up for me.
Diatoms aside, I'm getting a little bit of what seems like hair algae. Do Otos eat that? If not, I need to take on some shrimp or snails to help me and my toothbrush keep that under control.
And, of course, here are a few pictures of my little ones:
Here's my Big Guy, keeping the driftwood presentable:
The one stuck to the glass is my smaller oto, and the one on the gravel near him is my shy oto. Shy Guy doesn't stay at the front of the tank for very long, and he darts around the tank frequently, trying to find a secure place to nibble. I hope he gets more comfortable in time.
And of course, Little Guy, finally staying on this place in the glass after shimmying around a bit.