I can truly say this second tank has exhibited some sanity greater than my very first aquarium and this fact has made me very happy!
I learned many things over the lat 1+ year.
Serpia tetras and long finned fish like Betas are not a good combo. I lost the beta that suffered some serious tail nippings and had removed the more agressive serpia tetras as a result... CA rams or ciclids are a blast! The first photo is of Ziggy and the smaller one is named Bob for the Marleys... Cardinal tetras in a school are very beautiful and can live a very very long time if the water is cared for properly. ( 6 are 18 months old! ) Black phantom tetras are beautiful - but for some reason do not live very long in my tank so I gave up on them.
Hillstream loaches rock! Swim just like a stingray and are very playful! As well as Panda Cories are shy yet when comfortable - very playful!
Plants need a great substrate and excellent lighting and the Seachem ferts and excel really work. Matter of fact I dose the excel 1/2 what most folks do ( once every 2 days ) and limit the fish feeding to once a day and change the water once a week. This has led to a really good rhythm in tank care for my little guys as well as good plant growth. The LFS has sold me different grasses though that have been mildly contaminated with bearded algae which has been tough to remove but yet a little give and take and more care in the grass purchases will lead to even better results I hope.
I believe I will ad another filter on the aquarium and see where that will take me. I was blessed as the stand and aquarium was discovered by me and given to me to rehab!
So thank you guys! Really thanks!
BTW - I have looked at all your tanks to date and you guys know what you are doing! So your compliments are mightily appreciated!
And as for taking pictures I found go ahead and use a flash - but once focused on the subject and if the framing is right - take a shot with the lense just touching the glass for a close up. This tactic seems to prevent a color wash with the flash and directs the full power of the flash to the subject matter at hand.