Update (new pics in first post):
Things are starting to grow in more, though I am having some problems. The ludwigia and rotala have lost much of their red hues. I am planning to a 2 hour burst of 96w 10000K PC lighting to see if the extra light helps them out. Also, the bacopa australis hasn't done well, most didn't root and some died.
I think I need to adjust the positioning of the light a bit as well to more evenly light the tank.
I picked up a bunch more tiger barbs as well, here's some photos:
I need to give the plants a trim, tonight if I can. I'll post another photo of the tank post trim soon.