Most of the tank that I do setup now involves planning ahead. I pretty much have an idea of what I want to do and how I want it to come out. On some tank it comes out the way I want it and on some it doesn't. Just part of a learning experience. What I like to recommend to new people that is starting out on this hobby is to have a grow out tank. This will give you a chance to learn the characteristic of each particular plant and may help you in the future when you are ready to scape a new setup. But there are some that want a tank just like Amano for example. What I recommend to those people is to get the right equipment and exact plant if possible and try to copy it. Then later on you can do your own thing. Most of my friend that I help with this method seems to love it.