Pics from 7/16:
Bonus shot of Nautica's 1 gal, forgot to post last week:
7/14 added three male snakeskin Endlers Livebearers, two nerite snails, and "riparium" planters. I made some hanging planters out of shower caddies. Got J-Hook pipe hangers, cut them down, superglued them on. All ideas from these forums, thanks guys!
The substrate is my own radical idea: floral water beads, which I'll be posting about separately.
I planted the old pothos vines, which look really pitiful after being in a tub outside. Hopefully they'll rebound. Also planted some Dragon's Tongue (Hemigraphis Repanda). The plant I initially used is about a year old and really wilted after being unpotted, so on 7/16 I pulled that and tried with young plantlets, which are doing GREAT.
So what I've figured out about riparium plants is: 1) it's much, much easier to remove damp soil from a potted plant than dry soil, and 2) plantlets handle the switch better than older plants do.
The new tank algae "hazing" is bba. Fortunately there's not a lot and the snails are doing a good job keeping on top of it. I take back everything I ever said about nerites. (They were less than effective in my previous tank, over run with green spot and bga.)
One of the Endlers seemed a little off from the get go, wouldn't hang out with the other two. He died after one day, and was replaced with a regular (wild type) Endler, who is doing great. They are ALSO eating the bba which is pretty awesome.
Most of the plants are growing, albeit slowly. The anacharis is growing quickly. The bacopa is melting it's old leaves but has lots of little baby leaves, so it's a wash I guess? The banana plant dropped a couple leaves the first week but seems to have settled down. The large anubias was doing poorly before the rebuild, some of the larger / older leaves had yellow edges, the yellow parts have melted but the plant overall looks better. No new yellowing.
Plans are: add a couple amano skrimps, trim the anubias and replant trimmings, add more riparium plants, add some floating plants, and next week (probably) move betta in along with additional anubias and marimo balls.