I had to edit this and just make a few comments, I've seen your tank posted on APC also. I will make some comments. These comments will be in particular to what (plants, hardscape) you currently have in your tank and what I think you should do with them. I will be blunt, I'm not an "expert aquascaper" or anything.
I'm kind having a real hard time distinguishing what you are intending to do to maximize your visual depth. There's too much sticking up in random places and w/ out the plants in the back grown in, it's hard to see some things.
1. move the plant directly behind the big rock in the back left corner and move the arcuata to the right in that blank area.
2. that aromatic should fill in the back right corner.
3. not sure if the rotala should stay or move slightly to the left behind the rock.
4. too many stems can be distracting but you may pull it off.
1. That huge anubias have got to go (doesn't fit the scape) I'm pretty much dead serious about that.
2. the windelov fern is out of place where it is, probably should be moved and raised up to where the large anubias WAS in front of the large rock. The other rocks that are there can be used to lift the fern up and become the focal point of the scape having the rock contrast w/ the fern and emphasize it's position.
3. put all the petites in a half circle border in front of the large rock around the windelov fern.
4. cut that marsilea up into 2 leaf parts and plant them deep (just to the base of the leaf like glosso)
1. the large rock looks good where it is, but doesnt' have anything to balance it out.
2. To balance out the rock, the wood w/ moss can be laid down from where is forward putting the mossy part toward the front. That will dampen it's obtrusiveness and compliment the flow from left to right. There's no rhythm (no flow). put your blyxa around it...
3. I'd take the little rocks out on the left and put the lotus over there in front of the blyxa that is there.
4. try to eliminate clutter and balance out your hardscape.
5. put some emphasis on the hardsape instead of hiding it.
For fish, if you stick w/ rams, go w/ some small cories and maybe 12-15 smaller tetras, and keep the ottos (add more if you want). After those stems grow in the back the shrimp will have a better chance of surviving into a nice sized colony.
It's just my personal preference but I like to stick with fish that inhabit the same waters. When you start mixing fish from different geographic regions, (just my opinion) it gets tacky. I tend to keep Asian fish w/ asian fish (malaysia, borneo, viet nam etc.) SA fish w/ SA fish etc.
Last edited by chadly; 01-04-2010 at 06:16 PM.