So it's been a couple days with running the tank and trying this cycling thing. I also added the second anubias and a background so my fish don't have to see me doing the dishes. The tank looks very natural with this background, I love it!
Now I'm waiting for the cycle. I tossed in a batch of Tetra SafeStart to see what it would do, as I'm cycling with no fish so it wouldn't do anything any harm. I replaced the big shrimp with a smaller shrimp so I won't have the ammonia so far off the chart that it impedes the cycle. Keeping it in a sock seems to really minimize the 'ewwwww' factor. Ammonia seems to be dropping off, so the cycle is starting? I'm pretty sure it is. If so, yay!
Still testing daily to monitor the situation.
Java moss and hornwort are on the way, so we'll see what plants want to survive in my tank. The java moss is intended for the divider to make sure Lucky and his future neighbor don't stress themselves out posturing. The anubias nana is happy, but it's cousin (another anubias variety) is not doing so good. One of the swords has a hole in it's leaf and I'm worried it's going to disintegrate on me. The microswords are holding up okay, but some are dropping off while they acclimate. I've gone with Flourish as my fertilizer, just a couple drops once a week. So far the water wisteria is holding up in the one gallon, but I'm watching it closely. If that one turns, I'll need to get it out FAST with Lucky in there.
Lucky continues to sit in his one gallon, happily playing with his water wisteria and begging for food every time I go near the kitchen sink. He's quite happy and healthy, so I'm not really in a hurry. Just looking forward to not having daily water changes to manage.