Here is the low down on the plants:
cardinal plant x1 - package from PetsMart
anubias x1 - plant tank at Petco
sword x2 - package from PetsMart
hair grass x2 - package from PetsMart
java fern x1 - tube from PetsMart
crypt x1 - different plant tank at Petco that has since been torn down
El Nino fern x1 - - tube from PetsMart
I'm 95% the worms came from the tank at Petco. The crypt and anubias from there came from two separate tanks. The tank that the cypt was in was broken down and drained out a week after taking the plant home so who knows what happened there.
Ammonia was showing at .25ppm when I checked this am before the water change, Nitrites at 0 and Nitrates at about 5ppm. I thought maybe the tank did cycle and I missed it but I haven't noticed a spike in the nitrites. I really wanted some shrimp in there due to their low bioload but not if i have to keep replacing them, even if they are $.20 at my lfs.
I wanna say that I set the tank up about 3-4 weeks ago and noticed that worms last week. they aren't bad when the light is on but when it turn it out and go back in the am there are a TON free floating in the water column. when the light is on some free float, some go into the sponge filter and some i see on the glass moving in a s-shape. I tried feeding less but I barely feed as it is. And I use a turkey baster to go through the gravel every time i change the water to make sure there is no dead plant matter or poop.
I am having a hard time identifying them bc i don't have anything that can get a look at them closely (they are still really small). I honestly am not sure what they are but they don't seem to be bothering the fish.
I also know that I have overstocked this little 2.5g but i already planned on doing 25% water changes about 2x a week once its cycled. I just really want my tank at home to do just as well as my tank in the office.