I love the lotus. Given some time, they will overtake your entire tank, regardless of the tank size.
My 2 breeding Angels are always in one of two modes: making love or killing each other, torn fins, body bites, chasing and so on. Looks like the male gets the short end if it.
I personally think that you are good on plants, especially if you want to keep it on the lower end of maintenance. But that's a personal choice and taste.
IME, how you plan the bulbs does not matter: if lotus wants to live, it will do just fine either way, and then some.
Just try to enjoy the tank. Looking good.
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