Not the most interesting update but the Hydrocotyle is growing quickly. I may trim it very aggressively to try to make it carpet more but I also put a small piece of HC in and that is spreading, though very slow growing. I probably would need to almost carpet the whole tank for HC to work. The Orchid is growing roots and living, not sure if it will work long term but seems to be doing ok.
I have come up with a plan, just need to get some clippngs. I am basically going to plant a bunch of different types of plants in back with just a bit of order. Then I will trim them around the shape of the driftwood. I will then add some to the driftwood as well. Sort of a combination of Riparium and Wabi Kusa while trying to do a natural style tank.