Well, time for an update, even if my digi cam is out of service, At BSS's utter insistence
I added some Limno sessiliflora, what I think is Bacopa monnieri, and water sprite. As I'm almost up to the 4 week mark, I started ferts yesterday. I know it's a contentious issue whether one should add ferts earlier. I have done a lot of reading on the subject as of late while waiting for the plants to tell me their needs and the only conclusion I have drawn is that people on this board have success with either method.
I've started the estimative index method. Why? My take on this method is that it appears to be the easiest method for me at this point in time. For starters, I find it difficult to accurately distinguish between 2 and 10 ppm on my Seachem nitrate test. Not that it is critical to do so, but...
Algae has been a bit of a nuisance thus far but I can remove the majority of it. My wisteria though has shown no vertical growth. My hygro is yellowing, looking poorly, and has thin stems. The Bacopa is growing taller but is showing a lot of stem between the rows of leaves. And the water sprite really hasn't done anything.
My first tests done yesterday show:
Nitrate/ nitrite and PO4 undetectable.
Kh 50 (2.8); I wish it would fluctuate less but I have been doing a lot of water changes trying to suck up the algae.
CO2 only 12 ppm this evening so up with the bubble rate (my girlfriend's betta started acting wierd the other night after 2 days in his new home so I turned down the rate a bit).
Day 1: 1.1 mL Fleet, 0.5mL tsp KNO3
Day 2: 10 mL trace mix
Day 3: 0.5 mL Fleet, 0.25mL tsp KNO3
Day 4: 10 mL trace mix
Day 5: 0.5 mL Fleet, 0.25mL tsp KNO3
Day 6: 10 mL trace mix
Day 7: 50% water change
I would appreciate any comments at all regarding this plan. Oh and in case you're wondering, no LFS in town has any otos. That's why I haven't added any yet.