Okay, long overdue update. For the longest time I was on a pretty crappy autopilot, but recently have put a lot of time and money into revamping the tank. CO2 is running great and I built my own reactor. Added a bubble counter back to the setup, got the indicator working again, and now have great CO2 with no leaks for the first time. That got me to the point of some serious pearling.
With that squared away I've started to procure some more plants. I've weeded out some things that weren't doing great, and others I didn't like, and cut back the Sword considerably just to make room for plants to grow under it and with it. Also did a complete enearthing of most of my plants with an idea in mind of how I wanted things and where they would go.
In that image, you have Scarlet Temple in the front, with new Hydrocotyle Sp. Japan laced in the area which I hope will grow to provide a nice contract. In the back left there is (I believe) Rotala indica, Star Grass (quite possibly misidentified), Cabomba (going to need to get the red stuff back eventually), Limnophila aromatica and the cut back Amazon sword.
On this side I've moved and turned the drifwood, and replaced my old heater with a Jager Eheim. The plant in the back is Giant Ambulia, and to the left of the driftwood is my Red Tiger Lotus, and to the right is I think Hemianthus glomeratus. I expect the Tiger Lotus will soon be a much darker color as it once was.
I have just now installed a second diamond plate fixture, and am hoping I can keep them suspended off the tank. In the very front left I have a Java fern incoming. In the valley where the Tiger Lotus is I plan on planting Ludwigia Ovalis. I think it will go nicely with the Tiger Lotus. I'm REALLY hoping that next to the Java fern I can finally successfully grow some Blyxa. And finally, in the big open area in the middle I am going to rip [censored][censored][censored][censored] or bust finally make a carpet out of something. Currently I have a 2x2" bit of HC incoming.
Finally, you can see my new reactor, and with the need to have two timers going and [censored][censored][censored][censored] everywhere I installed one of those ridiculous work bench type power strips.
Current inhabitants are:
6 Roseline Sharks (No casualties!)
4 Blue Tetras (originally 9, feel really bad that they suffered so many losses.)
4 Dwarf Chain Loaches (originally 6, and if I ever place a Wet Spot order again, I'll get 6 more)
3 Pearl Gouramis (All good!)
3 Flying Foxes (All good!)
2 BN Plecos (All good!)
1 Koi Angelfish
1 Raphael Catfish
1 Purple Glo Tetra
That last one was not my idea, gf fell in love with "Penelope Pearl"