I think you are right - there are at least 3 layers of glosso at present. The abomination that you see on those 2 pictures came about in the course of 2-1/2 weeks only after I reduced the light period to 7 hours (from 11) and started to dose PPS fertilizers (NPK, P-free, and Fe/Traces).
Before that the glosso stayed yellow and didn't grow much so when I remove the green one on top I will have to clean the yellow one on the bottom.
Tank is nice and clean now so redoing it is not going to be an algae scoop fest (which is a refreshing change for me) :-D
This tank has been pretty amazing to me since the day Luis set it up. He brought the substrate, wood, and all the plants. He set it up and has never seen it since. I think I can say that the tank has been running completely void of algae (other than very little Cladophora and BBA) from day 1.
Twice since setting up the tank I neglected it to the point of 50% evaporation. Huge mats of hair and staghorn algae covered the surface during those periods. Each time cleaning the tank meant just removing the algae from the surface by simply grabbing the mat. Instantly the tank was sparkling clean and the algae never returned as long as I did a weekly water change (10-20%).
I have only 2 possible ways to explain the "good behaviour" of the tank:
- the Dupla Baccies that Luis added to the substrate maybe a great product
- the tons of cherry shrimp (the only fauna) maybe doing an outstanding job
Guy's I am sorry but I don't agree with you on this, if I was to use hair grass chances are that the tank will only last a few monts, may be a year but Glossstigma can be taken out and re-planted as needed.
Botia dude Glossostigma is a fast growing plant! You can remove the whole carpet by pulling one end and roll the rest until the whole section comes out and use a sharp knife the cut difficult sections. Then cut the amount needed to replant the aquarium and repeat as needed.