Thanks for the replys fellas,
I truly think dense overplanting is not natural looking as well as mixing species of plants from different regions of the world (Not that mine aren't).The pillars and the skull are, yes, unnatural to a certain extent. I won't add many more plants cus I dont' want it to look completely full of like 15 different plants. I'd really like it to look like the bottom of a river, which definitely doesn't have an flourite or eco complete type substrate to it. A river has the different size gravel deposits, sand and not highly overgrown. Although extremely beautiful, I'm not into the "garden" type tanks most of you guys are into. I'll prob put something tall accross the back to add to the depth of the tank. The amazon swords have doubled in size and so have the crypt wendtii the tall fuzzy plant, not sure exact species (camboba?), is not flourishing (spreading out) as well as the others.
I haven't put my lighting hood together yet. I'll have 2 24" fixtures and will look into daylight flourescents (not sure what K yet) but that'll def liven up the tank. There are dark spots on both ends that I'd like to build up, maybe try some smaller species of lilys and let the dwarf sags spread out.
I've recently moved the decos around and they are less visible like in the first pic, more like this:
I have planned to take them all out.
I moved the smaller driftwood and layed it down in the foreground, I think it looks much better. The tank isn't really as dark as the pic shows but does have the dark spots on the ends.
I have a nice 45 gal (48x18x12) I'm turning into another river tank for my plecos. That'll prob use eco complete, some ground cover, mosses, java ferns, driftwood, etc.
jdinh04- I live in town, behind meijer on hamilton. how bout you?