Okay, didn't post any pictures during the good ol diatom phase...too ugly! Had and still have a touch of green algae on the glass surface, but the stuff on the gravel went away while Tim and I were out of town last weekend.
Got a new mess of plants, and took out all the hornwort and most of the hygro polysperma. (There's still plenty! It just exploded) Also removed my poor pathetic blyxa that was shrinking by the day, the baby Amazon sword, the red lotus, the cabomba, and the corkscrew vals. The cs vals just haven't looked happy since they were put in high light and pressurized CO2, so back to one of the low tech tanks.
I got a mess of awesome plants off of Swap and Shop from Paula (Turbosaurus), and a few freebie rocks from my sis while we were at her place last weekend. I did a nice vigorous vacuuming of the sand before I replanted while I was at it. I failed to find any more driftwood that I liked, so I'm still searching for the "right" one. I also want to add a terraced area or two, but ran out of time, so probably next time. The three new rocks are light grey, so they just jump right out at you, which I don't really love, but I'm going to attach different mosses and pelia to them and the small driftwood I do have. I didn't realize that I put my favorite rock (the tri-colored one) smack dab in the middle til I saw the pics I just took, so that will need to be moved, also.
I apologize in advance for my lack of picture-taking skills!