55g, Peat/play sand under FlouraMax, Shop lite with 2 35K T8 bulbs
Finally things have started to settle down. I suffered heavy losses of fish in the first 2 weeks after a 6 wk cycling. Now things have been going much better.
Everything in the tank was covered in a thick heavy brown algae before the fish. Between the baby (2") pleco and the Platties they have pretty much cleaned things up well. Just after I put the plants in at the beginning I noticed a (yes just 1) snail about the size of a pin head moving across the glass, now about 8 wks later it is 1/4-5/16" big. Lots to feed on. Java fern has lots of roots coming from the leaves, a couple of "babies" on the tips and some new growth starting along the rhizome. I have one that just won't stay in the crevice in the wood. Two of the banana plants are holding their own but one lost it's leaves. The Sagittaria in the back corner is holding its own, has new growth sprouting up but not a nice green. I just added some Java moss since I have seen some babies swimming around the bottom. Not sure if they are guppies or platties, I guess I'll find out in a few weeks.
Biggest problem I am still having is with the PH. I can't get it below 7.6 no matter what I try. I am surprised in that I have 3/4 cu ft of peat under the gravel. I just bought a bunch of Nijas on EBAY. I understand it is supposed to pull calcium from the water. Hopefully it will help.
I am setting up a 10g this weekend to try another approach to the PH problem. It will have peat under some AZOO substrate. I understand the AZOO is supposed to buffer to the acid side. Ill see how it works.
Enough for now, I'll keep posting with results.