A few updated pics...the Amanos are eating algae like crack fiends!! I put them into the tank yesterday and already one has molted. As you can see my Anubias nana and pettites have gotten themselves firmly attached to my stone and the Stauro Repens is finally starting to grow better now that the algae outbreak has been cleared up.
Here is the right side of the tank as it stands right now. Note that my foreground hasn't arrived yet, but the lileopsis M. is on its way...please excuse the microbubbles.
A quick shot of the Stauro Repens. It's not in the best of shape but is slowly improving. The algae outbreak was a real b*tch, and it suffered pretty badly. As you can see the Amanos are clearing things up quickly, lol.
A close up of these little hungry devils!
A special thanks goes out to msjinkzd for these healthy and voracious little monsters.
As you can see here, the anubias is really growing exceptionally well, putting out new leaves and not really collecting any algae to speak of, which is rare in my experience for this plants.
And finally the FTS. I have decided to buy myself the a second tile, just in case I decide to go for HC. I probably could get away with one, and reposition it but more light is usually better in terms of plant flexibility. Of course you might be wondering what the hell has this man been doing all summer!? Well as a Ph.D. Fellow, the answer is - a lot of research. I haven't had much time for the tank at all unfortunately. But in a week or two things should really take off.