I'm new at this, so please be patient
My initial thought was to recreate a beautiful, simple (ha) looking, serene planted Discus tank, based upon a photo of an Amano tank. Naivé, yes?
I've since been taught, and actually learned, that this is not the best way to go with my first Discus tank!
The tank itself will be a 50 breeder...I know, smaller than suggested, but the size that will fit my existing stand.
Revisions to my Amano vision: let's hear some opinions... On the left, angling from front to back of the tank, a silaconed glass partition that will contain plant suitable substrate...divided into a couple zones for different plants. the partition itself will be hidden with some sort of stones, and then transition into the plant substrate. This planted area will have some driftwood, most likely planted with java fern or some kind of moss.
On the right, the same sort of partition, differently shaped, zoned for plants that the fish will enjoy. Smaller, I think, than on the left.
The remainder of the tank..bare bottom, to allow for easier food, feces, yucky stuff cleanup. And give the Discus the maximum of feeding and swimming room, and a couple of planted areas for them to feel safe. I could add another zone in the back, too, if it looks too empty.
Let me have it!