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How do I do it?

I have a 125 gallon standard 6' long tank that has older T8 vho lighting in the 6500 range that amounts to about 1.5 to 2 wpg (the bulbs get changed but the lighting is built in so it will remain). It has a combination of gravel and eco complete red as substrate about 2 1/2 inches deep. I have a starter package of assorted low light plants coming including vals, crypts, moss, rotala, etc. I am willing to add to it. I also have 10 pieces of small to medium driftwood to put in. Sounds simple right? Tall plants in the back gradually working forward, open swimming spaces wood tucked here and there. Here is the problem.

This tank has no back. It has 2 fronts. It is a look through tank with walls built around it. The one front is the first thing you see when you enter my house, the other front you see while sitting in my living room. So both sides have to look good. The filter intake and output are on an end.
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Put the driftwood and and tall plants in the middle of the tank and make it like and island. Have the taller plants in the middle and the shorter plants spreading from the middle to the front/back. Easy peezy
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It's called a peninsula tank. I have a 180G in the family room set up much the same way that I haven't aquascaped yet. But I think I made it easy for myself in that the only fish going in there are angelfish. So my plan was to simply put a couple of pieces of driftwood in a "median strip" along with taller amazons. Basically a meandering stripe through the middle of the tank. The balance would be a carpet that I haven't decided on yet. A 125G is only 6 inches narrower, but you should be able to achieve something similar. In other words you have to think in terms of a 270 degree view. The traditional slope/transition in height from front to back doesn't work here. Hope that helps.
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Grass plains layouts work well for this kind of tank and you can see clear through them. The very thin width will make it hard to make both sides look good.


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Wow, I just had to check. If you drew a straight line corner to corner across Pa, you'd connect your town with mine.
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thanks to both of you, yes it helps
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