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first try at a planted tank 90gal

this is my first attempt at a planted tank. I used a lot of the information that I read on this forum to start the tank. Looking for some advice as to how to proceed next with lighting, filtration, cycling etc.
I bought this tank used and refinished the cabinet and canopy myself. That alone was a chore.

Mechanical:
The filter that came with the tank is an Eheim 2226 Pro.
Vortex filter (for fine filtering) I don't even know how to use this.
3 Ehiem external heaters
Two eheim auto feeders
sponge filter
Eheim Canister filter skeleton that the old owner told me he used it for introducing peat into the tank (can't imagine how that went)

Substrate:
AllFlourite that also was included with the tank. In the tank right now are rocks that came with the purchase inclusive of the petrified wood piece in the middle. The two pieces of driftwood I purchased on Craig's list for $10.
Cleaned most of the substrate myself and left some of it "dirty" because there was some good organic material mixed in. I used this as the base and covered the "dirty" flourite with the clean stuff.

Lighting: A lot of options....Very High light need advice here.
2 GLO T5HO 2-bulb 54watt fixtures. Each fixture has mixed bulbs...1 Power Glo and 1 Life Glo for a total of 216 watts.
Under the hood (see pic) is 2 power compact bulb retro fit kit with two reflectors. The bulbs that are in this are 65watt Hamilton bulbs (i think 10k). The bulbs are 18" and look like that are two bulbs stuck together. I don't think they are HO.
Right now I'm using only one GLO fixture with the retro fits that gives me 238 watts of light, still high right?
Another fixture came with the tank and it's an older Coralife fixture with four of these power compact bulbs with built in fans. When I took this fixture home, only 2 of the sockets was working (the other 2 were damaged or melted).
On the back of the Canopy are 4 DIY computer fans to cool off the lights(see pic).

Fish:
Starter fish 3 platys and 4 Swordtails.

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More pics

I haven't figured out how to put descriptions under individual photos

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I just added the rest of my fish (the swords already had babies) and some more plants. more pics coming tonight. My water has good numbers and steady for the past week. I think because I started the tank with established fluorite and filter media. There are a couple of sprouts growing that I don't know what they are (must have been mixed in with the fluorite). Also I ordered another filter (eheim 2217 and a power head) Water is still not "clear" mayben not fully cycled. I don't know if I have my filter media installed correctly...what is the correct media layers? I also will need some critique as to plant placement. I'm not sure how these plants will grow.
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some more pics....

I have a couple of mystery plants that are growing like 2 inches a day...can anyone identify them.
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BEAUTIFUL stand and canopy.

What type of computer fans are those?

Unfortunately, the three bamboo-looking plants on the right side are non-aquatic. You can leave them in the tank if you want, but they will eventually rot.
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Thanks,
The computer fans are Scythe SFF21D S-FLEX. I know about the bamboo..someone bought them for me and when I looked them up to see what they were I realized they were Terrarium plants not aquatic....
Any idea what plant is first picture (of my second post) that is growing really weird? it's the small plant next to the red rock on the right.
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tank plants are growing...adding more fish

added a couple of Otto's, Endlers, Bloodfin's and Blue eyed rainbows.

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Very nice stand/canopy! I like the photo with the sun coming through the blinds. I'm curious as to how much algea you're going to get with the sun shining on the tank like that.
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I opened the blinds to get that pic. I actually don't get any algae from the sun at all. The room is usually pretty dark. It's half underground. Those windows are almost at ground level.
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hard to tell, but the little plant looks like parva.
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I don't think it's parva. It grew very long stems with a single leaf at the top. You can see them in the picture. I still don't know what they are.
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