So I've gotten a little further with this project. After winning this kick ass Cal-Aqua Double Drop Checker from GLA, everything for this build is present.
I still need to mount acrylic to the heat sink, suspend the chords better, and mount my controller.
But since it's been many months in the making, here is a photo:
Planting it has taken me days, I haven't had the time to do it all in one sitting (it's a large footprint). But I'm still hoping to pack more plants in there and shuffle some around a bit, plus adding my fish/shrimp from my other tanks. It's a jungle!
I'm starting to get some algae, which is crazy considering I'm running the lights at 14% right now. Still tweaking things with my fertilizer regiment too, but things are starting to grow. More pics soon.