Tank is cycled... I ended up not really liking the HC and apparently didn't rinse it enough after the salt dip, which didn't prevent snail eggs.. so I pulled it out - also removed the pond snails... so far no return (though as I pulled them in their young state, I fed them to Notch, he was happy. Should there be more, I'm sure notch will dine.)
I've got a 15" mat of glossostigma coming in.. also going to add Barcopa and some dwarf sag. Still looking for a floating plant (don't want duckweed or salvia).... But all inhabitants are in the tank now - 1 betta, 3 ottos, 2 nerites.. Also got some frozen bloodworms for Notch... good treat.