Frankly, I am forced to ignore the tank views more often than I like during the day. Fortunately, my office and home are a mile from each other, so additional trips for maintenance or for taking the pictures below are no problem.
I need to lower the pH in the 220 to bring in the altums. I did not fully appreciate this when my first batch arrived and I have fewer than ideal as a result.
Hopefully I am learning. I put peat moss into one of the canisters and got the pH to go from 7.6 to 7.0. KH is around 80 and TDS is a whopping 420. It looks like I need to dose some muriatic acid to get to below 6.0. I will experiment carefully.
Meanwhile, pictures for your enjoyment:
Rare 220 FTS with no reflections (taken at night):
Here is an side view showing the effect of the peat on water color:
The "valley" on the right third of the tank shows a few bits of Marsilea getting established:
I have a Crinum calistratum left of the central driftwood piece with C. balansae nearby. In the back on the right you can see the melting leaves of the primary background plant Echinodorus martii. I presume some green shoots will emerge soon, but it is not looking very good now.
The 220 has a school of rummynose tetras, some kuhli loach, cherry shrimp and a couple amano shrimp I captured from the 75. I am having difficulty capturing the last 8 tetras from the 75.
The two adult P. scalare angels will probably stay in the only home they have known and perhaps their egg laying will resume and succeed. Perhaps. Here they are hamming it up with their two adopted kids:
Altums have nice form, eh?