Thanks for the advice.I think your planned 'scape looks good, but I'd probably plant some dwarf sag on the left side too in front of the Crypts and let them spread towards each other.
For stems I'd be inclined to go with a Rotala or Ludwigia species to get some red. I had some R. rotundifolia/indica do well under low light. I'm also a fan of Hygros, specifically wisteria. Can become a nice mid-background plant and gives a different shape than a lot of the rounder leaf stems.
I really like the driftwood btw. Nice north shore find. Also funny you picked up the rock from Gertens, I used to work there.
This is the most profound thing I've read here today, thanksWhere I live, water changes straight out of the tap creates large pH/Co2 swings. This promotes algae and unhappy inhabitants. I learned this the hard way. It took me while to figure out that I need to age my tap water before adding it to my tank. I went through a serious BBA stage with this tank. Today, I do water top-offs and water changes with aged tap water after the tanks light turns off for the night. No more algae!
Looks great! Lots of potential with that hardscape.
And I agree, Sean (soup) is an awesome guy.
Right now, I am thinking low maintenance so yeah I guess I am.So it looks like you're going the "Tom Barr low tech route"?
I'm doing the same, except with Excel. Starting off with a half-ish EI schedule and seeing what happens.