There it is after five weeks of plants, three with fish. The Temple plants melted but everything else is growing. The Cabomba, though a little spindly, and the various Crypts seem to be especially happy.
I'm using a 2x24w T5HO Zoo Med fixture with only one light on at a time, with a double thickness of screen four inches above the surface. The 5000k bulb is on most of the time, but I switch to a 6500k bulb when I get home from work. I'm running 13 hours a day for light.
For fish I have three Peppered Corys, 10 Harlequin Rasboras, and a Dwarf Gourami. They are growing and seem very healthy and happy. I also have some Pond Snails that came with the plants, but are growing very slowly.
Now a question. I'm using Flourite and no fertilizers so far. I've read that it lacks certain nutrients, but there is so much conflicting information. The plants seem fine so far, so why should I mess with what seems to be working?
Oh yeah, another question. I've been using duct tape to hold the screen onto the light fixture, but it doesn't work very well. Does anyone know the best way to attach the fiberglass screen to it?