I thought I'd give everyone following this thread a photo update:
I've only done a couple water changes to try to get floaty bits out of the tank. It's really filling in. There is a ton of dust algae which I know is normal but what I guess isn't normal is the fact that I've set up about 10 tanks in my life, and I've never gotten this before. Wierd eh?
I have a lot of floaters attached to the plants. I seem to have a lot of "shedding" .. You can see on the wood the "snot" that I mentioned. This stuff was THICK. About an inch in some places. It's really cutting back now.
This picture is to the right of the last one. The sword in the front isn't doing well but there is new growth in the center. The one in the back is from another tank which looked like the front one when I put it in. It only had like 2 leaves left. The tall stalk just happened in the past 24 hours. I hit growth mode!
My glosso is growing tall.. I wonder how to get it to start growing sideways? I've read it does this when you first plant it but I don't want to rip it up to lay it flat. Maybe a trimming will get it to shoot sideways. You can see new growth to the right.. it is spreading
Overall tank look:
Back left: Water sprite (hard to see) and dwarf sag
Center: Glosso and pennywart in the back
Right: Wisteria, 1 crypt wentii green (way back right) 1 dwarf sag, and swords in the front.. this side I"m going to redo soon because well.. it's going to explode!
It's a jungle in there!