I had fun is all I can say
Now to get on with the emmersed setup
you need to rehome that tiger barb. they do best in schools of 7+ and 7 of those will get too big for your tank. this lone guy may start harassing other fish.
I understand that tiger barbs need 7+ of their kind to avoid damage to other fish, but he has been alone for about a year now, and there is no sign of nipping or aggressive behaviors. He is tamed and is calm; you can hand feed him and play with him. He sometimes even play around with the decor and equipment
. He has been through harsh treatment for 6 years under my inexperience as an aquarist, but now I know he is happy in a planted tank