So, the ammonia has reached 4 or a little more before a water change. Toxic for fish obviously, but I think it's fine for the plants.
I had a white cloudiness that developed a day or two ago. I think it was a bacterial bloom. When I read up on it, I discovered that it's normal when cycling a tank. It's nearly gone now.
However, the BBA is having it's way. Reading up on that hasn't given me any warm fuzzes!
As far as the plants go, I decided to go with plants that demanded little as far as CO2 and light. I was mindful of the leaf size. However, I recognized that a low-tech setup really limits options. I wanted some color and some variation of leaf shape to keep things interesting. Combine those desires with my inexperience, not knowing their size and shape from handling them but only reading, and this is whacha get.
In the end, I'm happy with the result thus far, considering my limitations. I expect some plants won't make it, and as time goes by, I'll become more familiar with things. So, patiently I wait to see the evolution of the scape from season to season.
When I set my tank up it was going through that much KH powder it wasn't funny. eventually it settled down. That was before I even planted it or had any stock in it. So don't worry too much. GH shouldn't be too hard though if you have soft water, but maybe you don't.
Since there are no fish is ammonia so bad? Plants prefer it over NO3 (nitrate) as a N source. But i'm not sure what level is too high for plants. High ammonia is the best thing for cycling too. What levels are we taking here?
Ok, my impression is that there are some problems with your plants in terms of look. Obviously when it grows in it will change, but I feel you have lost the scale you had with just your hardscape. Mainly due to the few large leafed plants you have. eg the long grass looking one and the red one on the right.
Other than that I think it look good. Can't wait for it to grow.