Thanks for the pointers guys. I did leave the rhysome of the anubia's out, it's just hard to see, i planted the stringy roots in the sand. I don't really care for stuff growing on wood in a tank. To me it's trying to imitate a tree and not an underwater scape. I'll keep an eye on them and if I see them doing poorly I'll rethink that. I would like them to stay in the sand though. I really hope they grow, or at least survive. haha.
The Val's aren't looking so good. Wondering if I have enough light on the back of the tank (just the 1 48" strip through the middle). I can't suspend it, guess I could fashion some kind of stand for it but with glass covers I think that would diffuse the light too much. Probably should pick up another one for better coverage. Time will tell. Current photo period is 7 hrs. May adjust but from reading here that seems like a good starting point.