Hi Eholt & Kamikazi, thanks for your posts. Sorry it's been a while since I've been on, I'm just seeing your replies now.
Since my tank is pretty narrow (only 20cm), it was difficult trying to create the depth of the foreground needed to get the original look that I was going for. So, I decided instead to create something a little more abstract...
Here's the view from where I sit at my desk...
The angle of the stone pattern reminds me of the flatirons, as I imagine them closer, from a birdseye view. Even though flagstone wouldn't be as pitted... I liked the way the texture of this stone helps to create some depth to the tank.
The soil is not yet finished (thus the sloppy look of it now). I'm getting in some aqua soil amazonia powder for the top layer, and figuring out what plants to do. Thinking of staying pretty low with ground covers.
All I need now is my CO2 system and I'm looking to swap out the light for a sleeker version.
Getting excited to seeing it come together. =)