Pulled the left bush and pulled it into separate stems. Replanted 7 stems, sold ~100. Trimmed right bush and sold 40ish stems from it. Right bush probably has ~100 stems left. Will pull and trim that bush completely next week. Stauro is getting more light now and is happier.
Considering changing the tank up a little. Keeping the stauro carpet but am wanting to try out some color. Maybe move the blyxa to the center and put some sort of orange or red stems off to each corner. Would keep the blyxa shorter in that spot.
Part of me also wants to replace the hardscape with driftwood and put in some mosses/jungle it a bit. Choices.
edit -- response to above, they are 17mm lily pipes.
Although my Iwugami is slowing taking shape, and the rest of my Needle Leaf Java is finally coming in this week, I'm already struggling with exactly the same problem as you - namely, wanting to add some driftwood and mosses and create that jungle vibe. It's hard to resist, isn't it!? lol.