This morning, the water was noticeably clearer than it has been, and has continued to get more clear as the day progressed. This allowed me to see plant growth that I didn't even know I had! The cabomba is going crazy (can I take clippings from that and spread it around the tank?), the Java ferns that I forgot about have sprouted taller, and the hornwort is much bigger than it used to be. I love being able to see all this stuff.
Ammonia levels are still ridiculous (higher than 8 ppm--but that's as high as the scale goes, so that's what I'll call it for now).
One question: I can now see that there is a whitish clear slime on all of my driftwood, and it is THICK--up to two millimeters in places as far as I can eyeball. Is this my bacterial bloom attaching itself to hospitable surfaces, or something I need to worry about?