While I wait for the tools to arrive for my reef build, here is a quick update of the tank.
Moved the onion like plants in the middle to the left side, behind the orchids to hide the planters. The plants are doing well for the most part. But there is
probably a need for nitrogen, since the new leafs on the submerged stem plants stay small.
Added a bubbler, to break up the surface scum and another mesh wall to enlarge the protected area for the daphnia. So far it does not seem to be working, all the daphnia have disappeared, don't know why. I don't think the fish ate them all. I have submerge some oak leaf and added an automatic feeder to dump some powered fish food and yeast powder for the next daphnia culture and as fertilizer for the plants.
The other food critters are still alive, since occasionally I see one roaming about the tank at night.
Added some wild cherry shrimps, glass shrimps, and ramshorn snails to be a clean up crew.