If you want a more impressive display of bold plant groupings, though, I would cut back down on the number of species to about 9-11, especially since you already have several large, showy stem plants in the list such as Ludwigia sp Pantanal, Ludwigia sp Cuba, Eusteralis stellata, etc. That way, you will have larger, more impressive groupings instead of 3-4 stems per species. You also don't have to go in there pruning every day just to keep one plant from smothering its neighbor (like Tonina getting smothered by Myriophyllum mattogrossense 'green', etc) Aquascaping with a lot of species brings a whole host of extra problems beyond just not having enough space. It will also be much easier to maintain and more visually rewarding (i.e., lacking the tossed salad look). Believe me, I know.
Could you draw us a little diagram? That will give us a clearer picture of what you are trying to achieve.
If your goal is to have a collector's "aquascape," then you are on the right track.
Right now, I think your layout is too symmetrical. The Ludwigia sp Cuba, the most eye catching plant in your tank, is in the dead center with green Rotalas flanking it on both sides. The driftwood is also square in the middle. Also, if you want to create a succesfful "wall to wall" stem plant arrangement, you cannot have them so neatly organized in squares. You need to have diagonal rows that stretch from front to back to help create depth and visual interest. You'll have to use plants that contrast in both leaf shape and color. You'll also have to keep in mind their growth habits.
The division between foreground, midground, and background should never be so absolute. I continue to think that having plants divided that way in the album is a disservice/misinformation for beginning aquascapers.
I would take out the green Rotala and place the Ludwigia sp Cuba right there, creating a swath of the plant from behind the driftwood. The swath can then give way to the redder Ludwigia sp Pantanal in the midgroud, for example. The Rotala sp Green, Hemianthus micranthemoides, and Heteranthera zosterifolia are also excellent candidates for creating diagonal plantings that stretch from the back toward right into the foreground. Tonina and Cyperus, IMO, would make excellent accent plants to draw the eye because of their unique foliage and upright structure.
For inspiration on wall to wall planting, NBAT's Dutch tanks:
To me, this is a painting by color aquascape. The effective contrasts between plants will be something you will have to try yourself and see what you like. If you feel that moving a plant elsewhere in the tank (or taking it out) would be better, you can easily do it since you are using mostly stem plants.
Don't worry about getting it right the first time and play around with the different leaf patterns and textures to find the arrangement you like the most. Have patience. And most of all have fun with it.
Very few aquascapers ever have all their plant choices and plant positioning set right from the start. There is always some tweaking involved in some form or another.
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