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Here is something I found to improve my aquascaping. Perhaps it will help you. Looks like you have a balanced aquarium.

1.Plant all groups in odd numbers.
2.Fine leaved plants in the mid to back center of a tank
3.Heavier leaved plants toward the edges.
4.Dark leaves (red or dark green) look best toward back edges,
5.Light colored leaves toward the center.
6.Arrange plants and hardscape (rocks and wood) to provide good contrast of light and dark areas.
7.Light colored sand provides good contrast to plants.
8.When rocks used use multiple sizes, mixing large and small rocks, as in nature.
9.Rock edges should generally be rounded.
10.Hide your intentions with rocks. Allow plants to obscure some extent
11.Aquascapes with unplanted sand in front is a good alternative traditional “Nature Aquarium” style of all foreground covered with foreground plants.
12.Alternative layout is a slope from the middle up to the two back corners.

1 Use cotton thread to attach Java moss to wood, or lava rocks.
2. Moss on rocks blends an open sandy area into a planted area.
3. Driftwood or rocks with moss cast shadows for good dark/light contrast areas.
4. Wrap Anubias onto rocks using a plastic ties, and trim off almost all roots
5. Plan on putting crypts only in places with deep substrate.
6. stem plants cut graduated height sets, descending from high to low
8. Plant stems 2 or 3 at a time, in the same hole.
9. A new tank should not be trimmed for 3 months.
10. 1st trimming, let stem plants grow to the top, and then trim to halfway point.
11. Putting tubing (and or wires) that come into, or out of, the tank on the side
13. Substrate with separate sand vs. soil areas can be accommodated by placing cardboard between the two, and slowly filling in both sides until full. adjusting any slope you might want in the sand or soil
when both sides are at the same height cardboard can be gently removed.
14. Sloping substrate works better if something like rocks or drift wood is placed in the middle of the slope to keep substrate moving forward.
15. For substrate of separated soil and sand driftwood and/or rocks can placed on the line between the two to cover or hide the separation point.
16. Light shining up from the back bottom looks great!
17. For a really simple landscapes, use mossed pebbles around big central rocks.
18. A fully mossed group of interwoven driftwood branches can give a sloping look from lower front to upper back.
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