Thanks for the info, Hilde! Something is definitely out of whack in here so maybe that will help.
Moving on, I have some pictures! Horray! Most of them are terrible.
Here's what it more or less looks like at the moment. I realize this photo doesn't let you see much so I'll try taking better pictures soon.
Here's what it looks like looking in from the left side.
Some of the plants on top. Pictured is a peace lily, green philodendron, ivy, some kind of dracaena and what I'm guessing is a pothos. I also have a spider plant now (not pictured.) It's getting there! I like all these plants but it makes the back of the tank pretty dark. I'd like to get a second light for the back but it's not in my budget right now.
Since the last update there have been a few new additions: 11 neon green rasboras (Microdevario kubotai) and 8 tiger shrimp.
The rasboras are SO hard to photograph because they tiny, fast, and never stop moving ever. They're really beautiful, though! Metallic green with a flash of blue on the top. These have been some of my favorite fish for years but this is my first time owning any.
I'd always heard they were a schooling fish but these ones won't school under any circumstances. But that's okay.
The tiger shrimp are also difficult to photograph because I rarely see them. There are only 8 of them in this heavily planted tank so I only see them on occasion. I'd like to get more soon because I love tiger shrimp.
The other inhabitants are all doing well. I didn't expect the shrimp to breed with so many fish in there but the Taiwan Fire Red population exploded everywhere. There are baby shrimp covering every surface. I love it.
The rummy-nose tetras are also doing well and getting fat. They are very interested in me.
Okay so that's the good news. Now the bad.
ALGAE. I've been really busy lately and tank maintenance fell by the wayside for a few days. For a little while it turned into an algae fiesta.
The BBA is actually kind of getting under control, though it's still in there. Now it's hair algae armageddon.
I'm working that.
HYDRAS. I also need to get some fenbendazole next time I'm out. Working on that too.
Finally, a bunch of my plants are suddenly doing pretty badly.
This is my staurogyne repens. It turned yellowish for a while and then one day shed all its lower leaves. A lot of my other plants are turning yellow and splotchy, shedding older leaves and so on.
On the other hand my mosses are growing completely out of control, so at least there's something that's doing okay! The vals are also quite fabulous. Some of the leaves are maybe 4 ft long.
I'm doing my best but I'm still a noob when it comes to the subtler nuances of keeping plants. Despite my (admittedly modest) research into it I don't know what the deficiencies are -- and there clearly are deficiencies! Hopefully I'll get the hang of it soon.