Haha, even a busy father needs a hobby!
First off, I would like to thank you for contributing so much to this hobby and forum.
Your guides and advice along with bettatail's and darkblade's helped me setup my first CO2 system!
You guys rock (as well as the countless others who responded to my noob threads)!
Anyway back to the topic! I saw a nice nano set up using ohko stones (aka dragon stones) recently that maybe can inspire you for your 16g or 20 long.
If I can find the link I'll post it right away, but either way they look pretty cool and a lot of great setups utilize them.
For low maintenance, I literally just purchased some Crypt parva from the sale section for that exact reason as a gift for my brother.
He as well has almost no time for maintaining his 20 long, so I consider it a good fit for him!
It grows extremely slow, stays short and they're used as a foreground plant!
Stems seem to grow faster for me than root plants, not sure if there are extremely slow growing ones out there... Maybe some alternanthera reineckii mini since they stay relatively short and IMO don't require much pruning and special conditions, but they're still able to stay a nice red.
Any reason for not doing carpet?
I found the scapes with it!
(posts 15 and 17)