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Michael,
a misting system and fogger will increase your possiblities for plant selection. It seems that even though it is sitting above a large amout of water, the lights are drying the plants out.

Instead of using a course stone for drainage you might consider using LECA (AKA Hydroton). This is a light weight fired clay pellet that is PH neutral. It is used in hydroponc systems. Also, you might look into some of the 'soils' use for hydroponics. We use a lot of the components in the hydroponic soils for our substrate in the dart frog tanks and have been very happy with the results.

For the area that is hard to reach, you could use some epiphytic plants such as bromeliads, or orchids. Using some tree fern panels as background on the lattice will help to accomodate the epiphytes.
 
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