Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Forest Hills, NY
if you want a plant only tank, a nice trick is to let the terrain be the feature instead of the driftwood. think of an old 1970's sunken living room design. get a few hundred pounds of small lava rocks and build them up to a flat upper level around the left, right, and rear while leaving the center front clear or lava rocks. cover the top tier of rocks with one color gravel, say dark red. then cover the lower empty center front area with another color like black, but keep the 2 tiers at least 5cm different in height, and you can use bare lava rock edge as the boarder. Now fill the higher back area with lot's of different plants, but avoid anything massive like Amazon Swords so you can have dense fields of various smaller leaf plants of different textures and shades of green and red. use the lower foreground for low growing foreground plants, maybe something grassy against the lava rock boarder, and something low and green like glosso for the sunken empty field. a nice idea is to take advantage of the large empty space above the foreground field to target some intense water flow there and give your fish a nice current to play in a way that won't disturb all the plants around the background. that's my 125g fantasy.