I saw the Brass tetras schooling at a LFS and liked them(I have 70 in here and they do laps around the Bolbitus, the only other polant is the red E. tennellus. I also have about 100 CRS in this same tank and 9 Zebra L046 Plecos now about 1". They are kept in a small net breeding isolator with some wood/moss etc and are not in the pics here.
I have extra lighting and flashes etc, but did not bother with it.
Did not even wipe the glass(rarely needs it).
The light is a coralife aqua pro, but I never use the HQI at all, just the 2x 55 w PC lights(8800K)and the height is about 14". Light is about 24-30 micmol along the bottom where the tops of the tennellus(hardly high light), and tops out at 70-75 at the center surface of the tank.........
The top center of the Bolbitus sits at 50 micmols.
This tank has many fish and the value is rather high(likely about 2000$ or more).
Most of the CRSs are lower grades, but a few are A's etc, provided you can find them in the thicket of plants.
Temp is 81F for the plecos/tetras, CRS's are there for looks, not breeding, however, with EI dosing, and this temp, I've not lost a single one to date.
I recently sold off a large ball of Bolbitus for 30$, I expect to do so every month or two. Took me sometime to figure out what I wanted to do for the scape
Sediment is Black flourite sand.
Wet/dry filter, Rio 800 for extra flow, weekly water change, although likely does not need it. The wood is Bald Cypress castle like top.
I have another that I'm willing to part with and will add a few others.
Nice wood. 60 for the othe which is about the same size and similar character.
The SFBAAPS folks drooled over it last weekend.
So that's the run down, every critter eats really well, there are few pest, some flat worms, there where some white leeches, but manaual removol took care of that, then those damn FW barnacles. I hate them but I have knocked them way way back.
Got some BBA when I went from the Venturi pump feed sump, to the disc diffuser and solved that fairly quick. I did not trim off the BBA for sometime and let it hang around, it slowly detached and fell off and has not come back since. the issues was worse inially with more of the HQI usage, less light solved most of that and it's been more stable since with less CO2 required.
The fertilizer and water change routine has remained the same.
As this is a lower light tank, I am pleased with the look, the health and vitality of the live stock, no losses, they all eat vigoruosly.
The tennellus is easy to care for, so is Bolbitus. Low light + open design + good CO2, EI dosing works well, even with high fish loading and general abuse.
The key was mostly the CO2 and reducing/balancing the light.