John, here is the top view shot. and the pic of the ADA stuff with Madilyn removed. The aerial shot was difficult to get since I did it quickly and didn't want to have to turn off the filter and get the light just right. so I took another from below the waterline to get a more clear shot of the rear rock island. I don't plan on leaving the Ambulia in around the front rock, I just thinned some out and figured I would leave it in there to suck up nutrients and help the tank balance. I may add some strands of Anarachis or something for a while while I get thru the initial set up. we will see how it goes and If I can keep the algae at bay with frequent water changes (I did a bit over 50% tonight) and a short photoperiod for a few weeks. BTW, for lighting, I don't think I ever posted, I have: 1 Current Satellite 24" 65w 1 Current Satellite 20" 40w I am only using the one 65W and think it may be all I ever use, I am not turning on the 40 watt at all and after reading the thread in the light section about the over use of light and my beliefs that many (including me in the past) use way too much light. 65w is over 2wpg and that will probably be plenty also since this tank is not heavily planted. 40w might be a bit too low, but I might do 40w on for 2 hours, then turn it off at the same time I turn on the 65w for 3.5 hours then turn it off and turn back on the 40w for the last 2 hours for a 7.5 total continuous photoperiod. Then that might be too little light, but I have some playing around to do. Might use the full boat until the hairgrass starts to take off then cut back, and if I use the full boat, that is where I may add some floating stems to help fight the algae. any thoughts on any of this would be helpful. Thanks This is similar to a pic from the other day, but you can see the rotala starting to stick up above. Once they are all above the rock, I will trim them evenly. I think Madilyn makes the shot, but here it is without her.