I'd suggest putting some kind of barrier around your crypts and dwarf sag. Both are spreading rather aggressively in my Walstad tanks.
In layout 1, it seems like you have tall plants (the hygros) and short plants (crypts and sag), so maybe consider a medium-size plant for the midground? Unless you're planning on getting some medium-size crypts; my only experience has been with crypt wendtii (I think that's what it is anyway) and it's staying really low.
In layout 2, I'd suggest putting the fern slightly off-center since that's usually more pleasing to the eye.
After talking to the sellers I'll be going with closer to the second layout because they are going to throw in some extras for a great price.
Thank you for the advice about the barrier, I don't mind at all if the dwarf sag spreads but what do you recommend for the crypt or anything else that tries to spread?
Oh, I definitely agree about it being off center, I think I'll be placing it to the right side a little.
This is the new order list and the sellers placement suggestions:
Dwarf sagittaria- x5+ (Fore)
Crypt x4 (Mid/corner fore)
Hygro Corymbosa x3 (back)
Rotala bunch (anywhere)
Windelov Fern nice sized (since its ur center piece) (Mid)
Water Sprite bunch (Corner back/mid)
Apontagon Sp. x2 small will grow crazy fast (Back Corner)
Anubias x1 (5 leaves)
Do you have any recommendations for placement with this set up?