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this is somewhat related to my journal, but I figure that I would get more help if I posted this separately.
Here is a recent picture of my 10g tank:

I definitely want to keep the riccia and the ludwigia repens as I think I can use these and I may want to keep the rotala, but if i can't use it then I won't.
here are a few amazing aquascapes that I may want to mimic:
http://showcase.aquatic-gardeners.org/2006.cgi?&op=showcase&category=0&vol=0&id=98
http://showcase.aquatic-gardeners.org/2006.cgi?&op=showcase&category=0&vol=0&id=71
http://showcase.aquatic-gardeners.org/2005.cgi?&Scale=514&op=showcase&category=0&vol=0&id=145

I think I might be able to loosly replicate one of these aquascapes because I can replace the foreground w/ riccia and use the ludwigia and/or rotala as one of the background plants.
What aquascape do you think is the best and easiest to mimic using my setup?
What plants should I get to mimic the chosen aquascape?

My Setup:
hagen diy co2
eco-complete
dry dosing
2x20w CF

if you need any more information I will be glad to give it to you.

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The key to good design is good contrast. Like contrast in texture with variety of leaves or color or in clumps.
Design in a nutshell :)

Right now you have some interesting things going on with the grass thingy but too much of the stem plants thingy.
Maybe try a bushy thingy and some broad leaf thingy. Be creative. Make it your own.. You don't have to follow what people do.
 

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Keiner bar sword would be sweet but the two times I tried to buy one, they subed some giant. Only get one from a local auction you have a chance to see what you are buying or get one from someone that really knows what a Keiner bar looks like. They only get about 10-inches high. That may be a tight fits so anubias or a fern of some sort attached to something hard could do nicely.

Hemianthus micranthemoides or lobelia cardinalis would work in a 10. Vallisneria americana 'Mini twister' only get 10 to 12 inches high so it would work well. Don't know who sells it. Got mine from the local aquarium club.
 

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You can do something similar with the plants you have know. The key is to group the species together tightly and keep them pruned.
The only real difference between your tank style and they ones you likes is that You've got yours too spread out, and you're letting them grow all over. Just trim and replant the tops until you get some nice tight groupings, and keep all the stems of a species together.
 
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