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Hi all. Here's my current 10g, low-tech tank. It's a bit of a mess in my opinion. Aquascaping is definitely my weakness and I want to get better!
Currently inside of it:

3x driftwood. 2 medium, 1 small.
1x ludwigia repens
3x anubias nana. 2 on wood, 1 on rock.
3x amazon sword
java fern rubber banded to driftwood.
1x bulb lily which isn't doing so well
1x crypt wendtii green with I had to split up into more than one section because it's getting so large
1 package of brazilian microsword scattered about

I should mention that I'm pretty restricted to whatever they have at petsmart/co.

I think I have too much going on and that's my issue. I really like scapes that are either minimal or are really grown and lush.
My substrate is all over the place too. Black sand, not slanted or anything. just kind of a semi-hilly mess.

Any ideas on what I could do to help fix it? Make it look neater I guess. was considering throwing all of my wood pieces together tightly somehow and having plants grow in between the nooks?

Should I add more swords toward the middle so I have more of a background?
 

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Not sure if this will help, but did you read my thread and see all the good suggestions I got in there?

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/showthread.php?t=202650

I was in the same position, no aquascaping skills, I have a zillion plant-of-the-week in all my tanks but wanted an actual scaped tank for a change.
 

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That did help a little bit! I just wish I didn't have my fish in the tank so I could drain it and scape. Would be much easier
 

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1) To increase depth I would create a clearing in the middle (use your rocks to define that but keep them offcenter to make it more natural) of the tank and place your lily in the center.

2) Sword amounts I recommend be reduced to 2 and placed in back with ludwigia, preferably behind wood.

3) Anubias and crypt I would recommend be in foreground, keeping in mind clearing in tank's center to back of tank, with only the lily bulb in the center(give it time, it's recharging)
 

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With the clearing idea, what do I do with the wood? Big piece on one side and the two smaller ones on the other?

Shoul I separate the crypt into smaller pieces for the foreground? Do I do a mix of anubias and crypt on each side of the clearing or keep each side strictly one plant?
 
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