Warning! I don't know any name of any plant, so I'm just calling them as I see um. Also, sorry for the bad pics, my normal lens broke and it was daylight when I took the pics.
Sooo, I had a huge algae outbreak and lack of filtration in my last set up. Now Im running basically the same setup but the CO2 system is more reliable (thanks Orlando you rock). Begged and pleaded for other more awesome members scraps (thanks PlantedTank), and threw them in here to see what would grow. Surprisingly everything, and very quick as this tank is less than 2 months old. I think what helped me was just letting the tank do its thing and stop screwing with it every day. The high quality plants surely helped as well.
I know I'm prolly due for my first trim. I think I want to take the plants on the right down to like 3-4 inches and have a longer stem plant like those totally freakin awesome ones that look like green pincones hatched, the dudes in the second pics background. I dunno something to set that side of the tank off without distracting from the reddish orange plants in the front area of the tank. Those long dudes that are touching the water might work too.
I don't know what the parameters are, don't really care as long as stuff doesn't start dying. One light on at 8 and off at 6. One on at 10 and off at 5. CO2 on one hour before lights come on and off one hour before they turn off. 1 ml of iron and fert every day 40% change every weekend.
3 Marble Hatchets (ultra boring)
4 Neon Tetras (boring)
2 Dawrf Puffers (Best fish ever)
4 Ottos (Clean Machines)
10-15 Cherry Shrimp that the puffers seem to ignore
Then I got tired of that metal abomination I first built and spent 30 bucks on some 1x1's and screws and adjustable feet, found a piece of 1/4 underlayment in a scrapbox, painted that bad boy black and built me a stand. Sorry, forgot to take final pictures.
Anyways. Any suggestions for how to trim would rock. If you think it looks like hell tell me what to change.