Hey all, thank you for the warm welcome back. Now that the tank has cleared up, I can share some full tank shots.
This is a 5.5 gallon, it's going to be a low tech tank. The goal is for people not to believe its low tech when it's done. Low-Med light, no Co2.
I used UNS Contrasoil ultrafine substrate, never used it before. My LFS uses it in all their display tanks and it was (relatively) inexpensive. I like how much cleaner it was over ADA Amazonia, it also didn't send my ammonia through the roof. ADA should me called Ammoniazonia.... BUAHAHA
The light was out of necessity, a DIY light. Will post more about the light in the future.
Plants: Carpet plant is Monte Carlo, behind the trunk will be Ludwigia sp red (aka Super red mini), that is in the mail coming from @burr740
, that's probably the things I've missed most about being in the hobby, getting plants from Joe! I was thinking about using S. Repens for the transition plant between the carpet and the stump, buuuutttttt I think I'm going to go against my better judgment and give Crypt Flamingo a shot... If I can pull it off I think that would look incredible... and I will put Buce here and there on the stump...
Stocking: Crystal Red Shrimp, Galaxy Rasboras, Pigmy Cories, endler guppies, Otto Cats.
And here is my vision, what I hope the tank looks like when its done. Rough drawing in MS Paint