To reply to your long post that I SOMEHOW missed. The tank has both blackwater extract and IALs in it. So, I think I have that covered. The tank is cycled, and I keep the ammonia in check with prime. There are loads of live plants growing, and I have plants scattered throughout the center of the tank as well, though they are still in their growing process (I.E. a banana plant that I bought as a bulb thing). I think my tank can do it, but like you said, I will be checking every day.
Lol you'll catch on, I'm sure. However I agree... I study this forum waaaaay more than any of my nursing classes (but this is way more interesting than talking about feelings and common sense anyways! hahaha).