Hmm, update....I need more time. I've been busy with real life and I've been playing some Diablo 3 (Dragin#1337 if anyone plays). We had our baby shower last weekend and we had "baby" classes so my free time has been nonexistent lately. I still have the algae on the 'mini' and the tank is in need of a major trim, which will happen this weekend. My Python hose thingy broke so had to get a new one last week/this week. I'll have a bunch of plants posted on the For Sale forum this weekend if anyone wants some hit me up now.
One thing I've learned is how over time trimming correctly and replanting tops really matters. I need to get on a schedule where I do 2-4 plants a week.
My Nesea Crassicaulis is actually growing out of the tank, which is pretty cool. I'll try and get some pictures this weekend/early next week.
They are set at 70%, which gives me 125 PAR at lowest substrate point. Plants would see more than this number. I have an PAR meter but haven't really documented my numbers in a good scientific way. The lights do ramp up at start but that's fairly quick. They turn on at 4est and off at midnight. So they have natural light somewhat at the start and the room lights are usually on at midnight (I'm a night owl). If I didn't have fish I would increase this and increase my CO2.....but I don't want to kill the fish.