I have a 150-gallon tank that is 48x24x30" tall. It's sitting empty right now but I've got a bunch of equipment ready for it: Giesemann T5 bulbs + lighting unit, Eheim canister filter, heater, seachem flourite soil. I want to set it up as a low-tech planted tank and riparium. Even though the tank is 30" tall, I won't be filling it up with water all the way, so that I can have space for the plants to grow out of the water while still being able to have a lid on the tank to help with humidity in the house.
The problem I'm having is figuring out the best way to have plants growing out of the water. My goal is to make sure that the tank isn't too difficult to clean, and, also, if a container is required for holding the plants that grow out of the water, then I don't want to be able to easily see an artificial container when I sit in front of the tank.
This tank is absolutely gorgeous, and is pretty much what I have in mind for my own tank:
So, I guess my questions are along the lines of: what do I need to do to set up the structure of the tank so that I have a large water portion with fish and aquatic plants, the entirety of which can be easily cleaned, as well as plants growing out and above the surface of the water? Do I need containers for the land plants, and, if so, how do I make said containers not be visible to someone viewing the tank when they walk by it?