Thanks to you both for your comments! They're very helpful! When I get the chance, I will try to take a good pic of the tank. My plants are 1 bunch of java moss attached to a decoration, 1 medium java fern, 1 amazon sword harvested into 2, 1 small mystery plant, 1 banana plant, 1 small leafy plant I forgot the name of, 1 reddish leafy bulb from Walmart, and 1 verigated sword of some sort. They have all grown substantially in the short time that I've had them. Some have a wavy algae growing off them that the fish like to nip at. I don't have a test kit, so I take my water in the petco every couple of weeks. I will buy one when they are on sale... $15 seems high for some test strips... I don't take water straight from the tap because chlorine kills and the temp would never be right. So I let the water sit without a cap on the gallon jugs on my kitchen floor. Then after a day or two of sitting I add the chlorine etc neutralizer to the tank and slowly add the water.