Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: San Francisco, CA
I think you're off to a great start. I think the hardscape and plant choices so far are bullet-proof. Keep refining as you go along and this'll tank will be a contender.
Right here and now, a dark-leafed carpet seems most appropriate. Microsword, perhaps. A slow grower such as MS will also serve you well in that trimming won't have to be all that frequent; with a driftwood hardscape like you have, this is an even better thing than it is usually.
Or a Marsilea Sp.. MC, while a bit less fancy-shmancy than all the other carpet plants, would totally vibe with the mood of this tank. Grown under ideal conditions -- which your tank appears to have -- it makes a stunning carpet. Also grows very slow. It's a fern to boot, which makes it even radder.