hi Abe, nice start there
heavy planting at the start is always good
what's the floating plant?
That floating plant is naturally occuring. I got it from a stream about 8 miles from my home and its called water primrose. I got a great picture of what you see above here
. I haven't found a better floater to keep the water column nutrients in check. The root structure will eventually go all the way to the substrate and root if you let it. It really provides that jungle affect if mixed with the right plants from the substrate.