So its been a while and quite a bit has happened
First off, changed out the micro sword for some dwarf sag and picked up a few others. Mostly everything has taken off and has been trimmed already a few times and replanted or put in another tank. Seems like my wisteria likes to grow sideways though
I also got a new stand, the other bare metal one was ugly and unstable.
Things are going pretty well now after everything got over the shock/abuse from draining the tank completely and moving it onto the other stand. Before that i was trying to keep the water changes to a minimum, at least until any critters were in.
Now the tank has more than snails! So far, a gourami from another tank, some amanos and cherries, 2 zerba nerites, 5 horned nerites, and from what i can see ramshorns, bladders and mts are doing great.
And algae, of course. Seems like the big water change and move threw the plants off for a couple weeks. Nothing too crazy though, some stringy/hair type stuff that i have removed (only once) with a toothbrush and some newer green patches growing on rocks (2nd last pic). Both seem pretty slow growing for now so ive let the frogbit fill in more and raised the light a tad, i also started dosing lightly.