Nothing's changed in terms of plant selection, layout, et cetera. I'm probably about three weeks away from figuring out how to trim UG. (Anyone know how to trim UG?)
Today I have off. So:
I'm going to hit the gym and then try to find a small internal filter to work as a CO2 reactor. I've read that the Hagen Elite Minis work good in this regard. As of right now, I have three DIYs; two via glass diffusers and one via a chopstick (back right corner).
I've been watching a unidentified type of algae that you can make out in yesterday's photo of my Downoi grow on the UG and Mini Pellia. It's slowly starting to abate.
While I haven't been in this hobby all that long, I do feel a certain confidence when it comes to living with algae. I can look at one of my tanks, see algae, and know if there is something that I am doing wrong, or if it's just cyclical and I that I should just let it run it's course. In this case, I feel that all I have to do here is let it run its course. If my hunch is correct, the algae will be gone in three weeks. (To be replaced with a completely new and unexpected problem.)
The Microsword is really tall now. I didn't know it could get that tall. I'd say it's four or five inches. Eventually I'll trim it but for now I like the wild look.
In about a month, I think we'll start to see the Dwarf Hairgrass I planted behind the main rock start to show. It'll help minimize the manicured look that this tank now has. (I want this tank to be a happy medium between Dutch and Nature Aquarium. Hey, we can call this new look DNA! Get it--? Dutch Nature Aquarium!)
Anyway, I've got to get ready for the gym.