I'm in need of some help figuring out what to do with this tank. I know it's planted incredibly lightly and I'll be looking at algae sooner rather than later. The crypts are probably on their way out once I get it all figured out as I can't deal with crypts the size of dutchy's once they start to grow in well. As of right now, stauro is obviously in the front and wraps around the right side behind that rock. There is a single H. kompakt behind the left side, rearmost rock. This plant will also probably go once I get this sorted out as the width will probably be too much to deal with.
My plan was to just fill the back with rotalas, but that led me to another issue. Would it look pretty bad having stems in the back, stauro in the front and nothing between them, or would the rearmost stauro take on a growth pattern that would blend both nicely together? I thought about B. japonica for a bit but as I've read through Gerryd's thread it would seem that's a little more work to deal with than I'm wanting.
Also, how would I go about hiding all of this hardware in a tank this small? If I were to use stems they'd have to be left pretty damn tall, and then my flow would suffer because there's only so much room in the back to point those powerheads outward. The powerhead you see pointed at the surface was pointed downward previously and was a tremendous boost to my flow issues but the second I added the black neons they were literally beaching themselves on that floating H. polysperma because my CO2 was uber high. Mix that with my tanks all-day temperature of 80 degrees (even at night, yes I've checked the thermometer and it works properly) and I realized I needed more surface agitation. The filter outflow (top right corner) helps quite a bit with both surface agitation and tank flow because the filter is oversized for the tank, but I'm hesitant to rely on it soley for both duties.
Any help/thoughts/comments are greatly appreciated.