So weird! I just bought a Spec myself and was considering the Scarlet Badis! Definitely will be keeping an eye on this.
Are you dosing with CO2 and still using the stock light? I'm considering upgrading to a higher powered light that would be better for a wider range of plants.
My BioCube tank uses Natural CO2 and that works wonders but for this tank I'm taking the low light (stock LED's) and low tech approach. The plants do fine (have for months) and don't grow much which you want in a 2 gallon tank. I still feel I get the desired effect i'm looking for and it's VERY low maintenance which was important to me, especially on a second tank and one on a bookshelf.
Check out my BioCube thread (link in signature) to see my crazy growth with my natural CO2 tank.