4 months later and the tanks have changed a lot. Although they may be a bit worse for wear because I went on vacation for 10 days. I essentially did a start over regarding all the stems in both tanks. Picture update soon. Most notable updates:
-Replaced the entire RHS with cryptocoryne 'tropica' to reduce my maintenance load.
-Got bored of Rotala sp 'pink' always staying greenish yellow. It only seems to turn pink when allowed to crawl across the surface of the tank. I think if I had a deeper tank it would be pink. This may also explain why AFA can get it to turn pink in their 180cm tank. In theirs, only the longest stems will turn pink. Maybe there is a height requirement? Replaced with "h'ra" after I got back from vacation last week.
-removed the moss. It was harboring a lot of rhizobium I've been battling for about 2 months. This algae is monstrous and embeds itself inside the plant interstitium. Topical treatments don't work on it, at least curatively. Be warned when buying plants from other users I guess....
-wife got a baby betta. It is cute.
-similarly just beat the rhizobium menace using some creative techniques... involving pulling up all the HC. replanting with faster growing monte carlo. Then trimming very aggressively. Also planted hydrocotyle tripartita to keep the plant mass high enough to prevent algae.
Current fish in mini M:
10+ amano shrimp
1 male betta ~2 months old
6 phoenix rasbora
3 dwarf pencils
6+ amano shrimp
2 sparkling gourami.
I gave up on the shrimp after my tank crashed in november. Killing almost every single shrimp, including amanos. It happened when the municipality changed water sources during the winter or something. Or maybe they increased chloramine dosage to deal with algae die off. Either way, I do a water change one night and the next morning all the CRS have died and a thick bacterial film was coating everything in the tank.
I will have pictures soon.
Fluval Spec V
7x Microsynodontis sp (1)
1x Cranwelli Horned Frog