Hello, I am recently returning to the aquarist life from about a 6-7 year hiatus. I am starting with a 15g freshwater tank. It is nothing fancy a tetra startup kit, and it has been cycling now for about 2 weeks. I am looking to put fish in this weekend. My first questions are in regards to German blue rams. I have always loved the way these fish look and acted in a community setting and would like to add them eventually to the tank. I have done my research and the reviews seem very mixed. As they are from South America I understand they prefer more acidic soft water. Is this true? I have soft water at home and we have an RO system connected to our sink for drinking. I used this water in my tank. My Ph however is currently resting around 7.4-7.0; with proper acclimation will a pair of German blue rams do well in these conditions? All the rest of my water parameters are in a healthy range. My next question is in regards to my live plants which I put in at the end of the first week to help with future nitrate issues. I currently have two dwarf amazon sword, green myopia, and two dwarf grassier looking amazon sword relatives. The sword plants seem to be doing well enough in conjunction with a liquid fertilizer and root tabs. The Green Myopia on the other hand seems to be losing color and the thin filamentous leaves look as though the are deteriorating. I know my lighting is not extremely strong. I have an LED lighting system which I've heard is fairly good. My LFS had all my plants listed as low to medium light plants. My water is still a little murky still from the first weeks bacterial bloom so not as much light is available to them as it will be, but essentially my question is how can I best keep these plants happy and healthy especially the green myopia, but also the swords I have as well? Sorry for the long run-down I just wanted to provide as much info as I could. Hope someone can shed some light on my situation. No pun intended.