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My plants aren’t balanced

This is my new 10gal. I’m just not quite happy with how I have my plants. Can anyone make suggestions?

Back left - Tiger Lilly, various crypts. I feel like the lilly is lost in the crypts. I don’t love crypts, but they’re easy and they were given to me.

Front left - love this bit of java fern windelov.

Front of left rock - anubias. I love this but don’t know where to put it.

Mid-back - I was told these were Val’s.

Back right - rotala. I think I planted this wrong, I planted them in bunches of several stems together rather than each individual stem. Will that cause issues?

Front right - dwarf sag - the lady said this cane out of her CO2 tank which is why it’s so tall

Middle of right hand rocks - little bit of anubias nana petite. I love this little bush, not sure this is the best place for it?

Any suggestions?
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I'd take that crypt thats just to right big rock and move it front left corner, then move your lily to that position, that bright green color and shape of plant should be your centerpiece plant.

Rotala usually looks best If you plant 1-2 stems at a time and spread them out around 1' apart.
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Remember your lily will also get a lot larger if not pruned very hard and often. I keep mine at about 10" tall, as that suited my tank, but you can let them get up to 20" quite easily, or even allow them to switch over to surface growth (I've seen 3' and more in ponds). They make lovely focal plants once grown to a good size for their tanks. Just be sure to always pinch back any leaf that gets taller than you want it, or it will send up tons of them for the surface after the first one makes it up there; if kept up, it will figure out what height it's allowed to grow and will instead self-regulate to your desired size, only occasionally testing to see if it can break for the surface.
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