Brett, you are a perfect example of what can be accomplished by people
simply doing their homework first, before buying or trying a single thing.
congratulations on a marvelous first tank. I hope it gives you
the confidence to try even more ambitious flora and fauna
if you took photos during the early immersed stage, please post them.
your plumbing makes it look like you are running a Rena XP# filter too?
I would tie some anubius nana plants up there to hide some plumbing
and maybe pull your light fixture more forward so the pipes are not lit.
you might want to consider combining same stems into a field,
instead of evenly distributing them mix up throughout the tank.
you might want to remove plants from the driftwood
and start experimenting with moss for those surfaces.