Here's a whole tanks shot. The right side was getting too dark, so I hacked out a bunch and planted it in the tank at work. I am always amazed at how skewed my interpretation of a head-on photo can be, so I took a few more photos to help give a more complete perspective.
One thing that is hard to grasp is the size of that Java fern. It is a monster, and effective divides the tank in two. Here are right and left side photos.
...and remember when I said that pearl grass would make a comeback? Well, it's on the move up front...
....and even sneaking around the back, left side; making its way into the java
The vals, seemingly stalled over the past few months have made a curious move - out into the hairgrass.
And try this one on for size
... Around the right corner, microsword shows up. Nice, and I like it - but, I never planted microsword in this tank. Additionally, I haven't added any new plants in 6+ months.
Finally, I have replaced the male ram with a new one. This guy was always my favorite, but, unfortunately became the omega odd-man-out when the two females originally paired up. So, he's been in a 15 gal by himself for over a year. With the pair failing to produce any viable fry in their last 3 attempts, I decided to let this "banished" male have a go. He's actually larger and more colorful than the other males; I can't figure out why he got his butt beat. Check out the length on that 4th dorsal ray