So a few things have happened.
I found shrimp surviving... LoL Trying to figure out what to do next - order more amano shrimp cocktail?
The Koralia nano 240 is doing a good job moving water without blowing plants or looking fugly in the tank (I hate seeing equipment or hoses in the water).
The apistos keep doing their tail flirting dance. I'm going to try to record it because it's funny. The male tilts sideways and then flashes his butt at the females... Wondering if this works in a bar situation
hair algae is sloooooooowly receding but not gone. An army of amanos would have made short work of this but alas, I'm still trying to figure it out.
Oh and I tied an anubias to the driftwood sticking out of the water... The leaves died off, so I'm thinking it has to put out emersed leaves.
Lastly the lily pipe worked better for CO2 - I've had to hike it up with the output jet for some reason. I may switch back and see how it works.