Got some plants in yesterday so did an unplanned water change and added them. Here's a picture of the tank
Basically just picked up a small clump of bucephalandra belindae... thankfully it's quite dense so it sank quite readily. I just have it sitting on the wood, doesn't seem like it will need much to secure it. I'm happy with where the tank is at the moment, but im looking into getting CO2 and shrimp.
Now for some bad news. Because of work I haven't really taken the time to count the fish recently. After I was done with my water change and putting the plants in I fed the fish and it seems like I'm missing 1 ricefish and 1 corydoras, which really sucks. Didn't see any bodies in or around the tank either. I hope that they are not stuck under the hardscape and I really don't think I want to tear everything out to find them. There is plenty of space between the pieces of wood so I don't think they would get stuck or anything but it's a bit concerning.
We'll see how the rest of the fish fare... In the mean time I have to get back to work D:
EDIT: So quick update, had a bit of downtime so I decided to look for the missing fish by removing the wood... and of course I didn't find any trace of them. I've put the wood back in but of course I dislodged all of the epiphyes when I removed them in the first place. I've put them back but I just couldn't get them exactly where they were originally... I am quite dissatisfied now but I guess al I can do is resist putting my hands in the water again until my next scheduled water change since I don't want to stress the plants too much by constantly moving them.
So basically, removing the wood was futile since there were not fish stuck underneath at all and now my plants aren't exactly where I want them to be. Maybe by the time I do my next water change I'll be happy with where they are now, we'll see.