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The tank looks pretty good as is, but I think you might want to move the amazon sword back a bit. It might be so big that it takes up the whole side, but I can't see if it is.

If you can't do that, you could put a java fern or some of your moss on a small rock in front of the base.

Bacopa could be propegated a bit more as well. You probably were going to anyway...
 

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IMO you may want to have a bit more of a graduation from back to front. I would take both of the ferns and move them out a little to either end. Then take the one on the left and bring down closer to the substrate on the left corner. This would give much more space in the center of the aquarium and show off that bad ass shrub of rotala you've got going.

The bacopa could then be grown out to form the same thick growth in that back left corner. The hairgrass can also be mowed down a bit for a lawn type look.

The main thing is that you have to like it, you're are the one that has look at it every day. BTW it really does look nice. You've got some really nice growth and healthy looking plants.:proud:
 

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the problem with the locations of the ferns is there both on the same piece of drift wood which is huge and takes up probably 1/4 of the water column so until i find a nicer piece of wood i kinda stuck there. the bacopa is in the process of being grown out but i don't really like the looks of it regardless... any suggestions on what i should replace it with?
the sword on the right is just getting to huge for that tank. i like the look of it i just think its getting to big.
fyi this is a 29 gal with diy co2 and excell.
but thank you every one for the suggestions and compliments!

how far down can the hair grass be trimmed before i damage it?
 

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the one thing that is stopping me is its next to impossible to get all the trimmed pieces out... gota plan that one out and figure out how to not make huge mess.
a small fishnet & brine shrimp net works pretty well for collecting trimmings.
 

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Wow, that's a beautiful tank. It looks bigger than it really is, since it's so packed. I wouldn't mess with it too much. But then again I never take that advice when it comes to my own tank, I'm always moving things around...
What about adding something red, for a bit of color contrast? You've got all green plants and fairly dull colored fish it looks like. Or maybe a brighter fish?
 

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Wow, that's a beautiful tank. It looks bigger than it really is, since it's so packed. I wouldn't mess with it too much. But then again I never take that advice when it comes to my own tank, I'm always moving things around...
What about adding something red, for a bit of color contrast? You've got all green plants and fairly dull colored fish it looks like. Or maybe a brighter fish?
i dont really have any room for any more fish, its pretty packed as it is. and you are correct in saying i have a bunch of dull grey fish. a bunch of black skirt tetras and a giant danio are the most abundent fish. any sugestions as to what kind of plants i could add (especially in the left corner) to add a little contrast. my light specks are 2 T5HO 24w bulbs under a decent reflector.
 
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