As many of you know I had a huge algae outbreak in my tank when the lights were left on staight for a few days while I was in the hospital. I have been struggling with that to fix the problem but it has taken time. I should have cut the affected plants out sooner but didn't and now I have cut most of them way back or out completely leaving the tank pretty bare.
Also as many of you know, I have been for the past 4 days extremely busy fighting for my dogs life as he is having seizures and manic episodes. The reason I am mentioning that is because what I planned would happen this week was that the plants that I ordered over the weekend would be nicely planted in my tank this week. However, as I was so busy with my darling dog, when the plants did come I had to basically toss them into the tank wherever I could and be done with it.
Here is what it looks like now and I would love some suggestions as to where to go from here. It looks pretty sad considering what it looked like a few months ago. I had some lovely mature plants in there and it was nice and lush and healthy looking.
I will likely not be keeping the HOB filter in there as I have been doing a plain sponge filter successfully until this outbreak. I added the HOB filter to try to "fix" the problem a bit. With the algae, I had a lot of dying plants and material the sponge wasn't able to handle on its own. Also, the heater is usually lower down and out of site (when I had mature plants you couldn't see any of that stuff)
Now... With all that said, how can I fix this mess with what I have here. I am waiting to get a few more larger swords which will likely go close to the others to fill that area out and hide the heater and sponge. Other then that???