thanks for the tip, Right know i only have the API multi test kit with the strips to dip shake of and check. they are kinda confusing and misleading, what would be a good test, i had 0 ammonia and nitrates on the test i made. just low GH high PH high KH, Ill post a pic tonight of the strip next to the result's. if theres a better test kit thats easy and will test multiple things in a manner i can read. i have another pic her of the tank before the growth took off!
a little clearer you can actually see the java fern lol the dark sport on the botton is a black sand river from an older aqua scape. maybe ill post some older pictures of previous setups later when i have more free time one my hands. this was started because originally i was going to start a native fish tank and the would looks super cool i knew local fish would love it. my plan was to introduce some fingerling largmouth bass, baby bluegill, and possibly a crappie.
at one point i did have a couple baby sandbass living there but after seeing how much live food they would eat i moved on to Killifish, since i could not obtain some pike-top livebearers, and im very happy i did, they do eat small fish but i mainley feed bloodworms, brine shrimp, and flakes or small shrimp pellets.
Anyway the roots are shooting down just short of a foot. (some of them) most are around 8-10inches with some going longer.
This setup: 75G
48" Hagen GLO T5HO
well water 100ft deep (dont worry its crystal clear, You should see my GF's chiclid tank as well as my 36G both clean and clear)
the key is the right light, well water, and as little surface agitation as possible, not alot of current. once it starts taking off it will cover the entire tank within a month so make sure you have people ready to take some off your hands, when mines gets to be too much i donate it to the LFS