Couldn't resist, added 2 fancy guppies. May still go with adding shrimp later on. The wood is still leaching tannins but not as much and I've been doing 50% WC 2x a week to help with water clarity.
Some of my crypts melted but have noticed new growth!
Here's my replacement filter:
and added some extra media (the bio max from an established filter):
I cut a 7" x 7" square of the blue bonded pad I bought from petsmart. What I noticed from using the stock filter, you can't really put your water level higher than the height of the filter, otherwise you will get bypass.
I measured my cut and this allows me to have my water line a little higher with no bypass and also helps the output flow less turbulent.