Originally Posted by tomfromstlouis
I think both looks are very busy, which might be your preference, but I do wonder if somewhat less substrate (seems tall) and fewer plant species might give a calmer more scaped kind of look. It is all personal preference, so getting my opinion probably won't help you at all.
All opinions welcome!
The substrate is about 2 inches, I can't keep anything planted in less (it always pops out and floats around)
If I ever have a high tech tank I will probably try for the groomed look - it is beautiful to see a high tech tank with the well defined areas and species in nice bushy groupings. For the 2 tanks I have now though (low tech) I do like the look of a dense green jungle (and the benefits from that much plant mass)
My other tank (need a new pic):