This is how the tank is now.
Still a little bit cloudy, but almost
Took out all the fast-growers the other day, and what remains is what I'm keeping. I just did a major trim on the e. stellata. Ideally it will be taller and fuller. There are a few strands of rotala rotundifolia in the lower left that will eventually grow nice and big. The hairgrass will continue to fill in. And eventually, I'll have pearlgrass running along the right side and around towards the back. (a girl can dream)
I finally got the apistos out and over into the 29g -- that pop bottle trick totally
works! And now the cherry shrimp are happily swimming about. In fact, if you look really closely, you can see one of 'em in the hairgrass at the lower left. Still not sure how many I have left. I've only seen three at one time, but that doesn't mean anything.
So currently, the only inhabitants are shrimp (amanos, cherries & green), ottos (3 common & 3 gold), and 4 furcatus. Oh, and snails. A billion snails.
Yowza. Compare the size of those crypts with the original picture. I swear, they're the same plants!