"Greenleaf888 congratulations! You are right on route to become a successful planted aquarist. Keep it up and your confidence will grow.
Mosses don't actually attach themselves till quite some time. They get entangled in about a month if it can go round the wood, but you have quite a wait for them to attach."
Thanks for the advice essabee and I hope your right about being on the right track. I know I have already made a few bad errors in judgment, like buying "mondo grass" and a "Brazilian sword" or thinking an inch and a half would be sufficient substrate for an aquarium.
"Six Chinese algae eaters in a 20 gallon aquarium? Are you REALLY attached to them? Not only do they get big but as they get older they can get aggressive to other fish. Not good for your german rams. Plus, 6 CAEs puts a heavy bioload on your aquarium; rams are fairly nitrate-sensitive. Are you testing your nitrate levels?"
I thought the CAE looked harmless enough, it was only after I bought them and did some research that I came to the painful realization that they will become unholy terrors upon my rams.
Now I am thinking of exchanging them for some zebra otos, or some ghost shrimp... Anyone have anything terrible they want to reveal about these that I should know before buying? As for the bio-load issue, I don't have a problem with nitrate and ammonia at all, at least according to my test kit which reads both at 0.
You bring up a good question though, how much is too much for a twenty gallon tank? I have two pairs of rams and one large feeder fish that survived my tank cycling and I have grown attached to him. I am thinking of finding him a knew home though and I may reduce my rams to one pair. But I would like to replace the CAE with otos or shrimp, not sure how many, maybe two otos or ten shrimp? And I would also like to have a small school of cardinal tetras, or black phantom tetras. Maybe someone with a similar setup could help me out here.
As for the CO2, I set it up before I left an hour ago and it is now spitting out a fairly consistent stream of bubbles. I read that it is supposed to take a day or two for the chemical reaction to take place, so what the heck is coming out of the air stone?
Thanks for the advice so far everyone, keep it coming! God knows I desperately need it!