Very Nice start, always an good idea to use lots of plants at the beginning!
How many lumens Is that twinstar light? Seems a bit weak for the size of your tank. Would avoid algae problem but Mc and stems needs lot of light to Look best, so I Would push it to 100% as your plant mass Is good
Thanks i really love it! I plan on increasing the lighting tomorrow after my maintenance and water change. I held off last week as i did a major trim and didn't want to push my luck . I've realised the MC does need more light as the hardscape shadows it most where the patch is, so makes sense. I'll go grab some more MC and ramp up the light.
I have the twinstar 900SA, rated 5170lm and 65 watt, at maximum height that the adjustable brackets allow so about 13-14cm above the water. Running at 80% but will push that up tomorrow and lower the fixture in a week or two by an inch.