Okay, I took out my ulvacous aponogeton bulb to go dormant for a couple weeks and planted my new shipment of plants in my tank today. Lots of work, plus a good tank cleaning, and here are pictures of the new planted look (i'll do a before pic just for fun--it's the one with the long spirally leaves on the right)
Hopefully after a few weeks everything will still look healthy. The fish were LOVING the new set up. The danios were going from little nook to little nook exploring, the loaches were finding new little places to nibble, and the tetras actually seemed to be getting along okay (chasing but no nipping). My pleco took hours to come off of his hiding spot...I think too many hours of hands in the tank had him scared. Even the littlest baby shrimp were out on the new java moss. Seeing all this reaffirmed why I have a planted tank.
New plants added today:
sagittaria subulata (dwarf)
vallisneria spiralis (the one in way back)
echinodorus indian red
And I'll include this, too because if you've read this far down, you are really a plant freak:
I also got new light bulbs in the mail yesterday so here are my plant care specs:
32 watts (at 6500K) over a 29 gallon, roughly 12 hours per day with a break in the middle
Flourish Comprehensive (I had to order it online, I use 2.5 mL twice weekly)
Seachem Flourish tabs by the swords, some vallisneria, and pennywort (the last is probably unnecessary)
Flourish Excel every day, 2.5 mL
That's it, y'all.