So, I finally got some free time on my hands and redid my 30L...here's the old tank before the rescape:
I'm using all the same hardware (30L tank, 96w AHS light plus 30" Coralife NO T5, Rena XP3, Elite Mini Powerhead/co2 'reactor' and 100w stealth heater), so the tank is not really new.
Same substrate (mix of eco complete, pool filter sand and TMS sand) + about 15# more TMS.
New hardscape (lace rock).
Same fish: Pair of Keyholes, Trio of Blue Eyed Cichlid fry, Pair of Albino Bristle-Nose Plecos, lone old Otto, school of Serpae tetras.
Less plants. Now just three species...Echinodorus tennellus 'micro' is dominant, but also Echinodorus angustifolia 'vesuvius' and Eleocharis sp. (US species...thin like E. parvula, but grows to 12" or so...got it from AaronT awhile back..really rad plant).
Plants chosen for simplicity (less is more) and ease of maintenance (all runner plants = no trimming).
Just finished planting today, just need to let it grow in and pray that the slopes hold...the E. tennellus roots should develop quickly and prevent erosion... I'll update in a few weeks to show some growth. So, this won't be much of a journal in that updates will be infrequent...
Yes...the 'floating' rock on the right looks weird. That won't be visible when the tennellus grows in. I 'scaped with what it will look like in ~2 months in mind...i.e. with a 2" carpet everywhere...