Update on this tank:
After battling algae for the longest time (this brown fuzzy algae and them diatoms, followed by BBA), I finally introduced amano shrimp and ramshorn snails to my tank. Within 2 weeks, my algae problem was severely curbed.
So far, with the rescaped tank, I haven't had an algae problem at all. But then again, the scape is less than a week old.
8 Neon Green Tetras
7 Rummynose Tetras
5 Otos (added 7 yesterday, found 2 dead this morning, the others are exploring the glass and eating, yay!)
26ish Amano Shrimp
30ish Ramshorn Snails
4 Nerite Snails
Last weekend, I decided to rescape the entire thing. Got tissue culture Rotala R and Waichii from Frank, and DHG too. The rotalas seem to be growing, and the DHG is doing pretty well. In addition, I re-used a lot of plants from my old scape, dipping them in H2O2 first to kill off any excess algae.
Lots and lots of Rotala R and Rotala R. Green (over 100, a lot of them are still small b/c of Tissue culture)
About 30-100 stems of Rotala Waichii
4 stems of Ludwiga
Many plugs of DHG (Parvula)
10ish Anubias Nana
A few NL Java Fern
Here are some pictures of the new scape. I need to get some moss to cover the wood joints (the old moss I got way too algae covered, and I discarded it a while back).
Rotala seems to be doing better in this scape than the old one. The tips are starting to turn a bit red!
Neons hiding and exploring the back of the tank. They usually stay at the front of the tank when my dimmer lights are on. The moment my T5's come on, they freak out and hide in the rotala.