DAY 28 UPDATE!
It's officially been 4 weeks! Check out the grass growth, very startling! It's amazing what some ADA powder soil, 6700K CFL bulb, and CO2 can do in 4 weeks that my 6500K + Flourish Excel + plain substrate couldn't do in 6 months. I am really amazed by the people who are able to get things going with low tech. But for me...it's gonna be high tech from now on. It's ideal for people who lack patience ;-)
This is my inspiration for this tank: Toro's Iwagumi at Nature Aquarium in Santa Monica, CA. So gorgeous. I bet the grass would partially crash if it didn't have CO2 running.
Thanks for looking!