The UG is still filling out in the front middle area where the death took over, but it's doing pretty well considering how much the Cory's love uprooting it and digging around in it.
The hydrocotyle japan filled in marvelously where all the s. repens died, and I think I actually prefer it and the way it flows from the middle of the tank out to the far right side. It really makes a beautiful line for the eye to follow.
I finished up my dosing pump and led controller using the arduino. I absolutely love the additional LED strips. On the weekend, when I'm sipping my coffee next to my tank in the morning, it's bugged me that the lights weren't on and I couldn't see it. These low light RGB strips allow me to run lights from 6am to 1am, because they are way to dim to affect plant growth or algae.
I have a sunrise color that I run from 6am until noon. At noon the Ray 2 comes on, and I switch the LED strips to 100% red only, which adds warmth to the Ray 2's otherwise somewhat flat color. At 10pm the Ray 2 shuts off, and I switch the strip lights into a warm sunset color until 11:30pm. At 11:30pm I drop them to moonlight until 1am.
All of the pictures below were taken this morning using the sunrise lighting. These are unedited pictures, taken straight from camera RAW as taken and converted to jpg. I know they look like I pushed color, but I didn't. I did shoot them so they are a little brighter than they appear in real life though. They are a little dimmer than they appear in these pictures.