Chris the 'belem' is always possible. We'll see how the pellia does for a bit first.
Definitely agreed with all about a background. Thinking about dropping by HD to try to find some frost tint tomorrow.
No plans for fish/shrimp yet. Still under consideration.
Here are another couple of close-up pics that I took today to document the start. A few of the pellia plantings are already showing bright green nodes. I hope it does well in this tank for me. Might have to raise the lamp just a little more (phone book maybe?) to make it not so intense. Starting at @ 7 hours a day with weekends off to see how that goes. I've left the blinds open during the weekends so far and the tank gets 30-40 minutes of good full sun with them open.