Any advice for plants/placement etc. on my 125G would be greatly appreciated... I can handle scaping smaller tanks just fine, but I'm not experienced enough with scaping or plants to know what everything will look like once it all grows out.
I'd like to plant some smaller leaved plants to give it more of a larger scale feel.. like you're actually looking at a larger portion of the forest instead of the actual 6 foot length. For example, ficus salicifolia looks like a mini-tree.. selaginellas are also a thought, and panamanian ficus on the background.
Also, lighting is currently 4x65W power compacts.. let me know if you think I'd be better off switching to T5 for more PAR/less heat or T8 for some lower light stuff like mosses/selaginella.
I'd be into certain larger leaved plants too, especially ferns (and there's a thin-leaved plant that looks sort of like a fern on taller stems that I'm definitely looking for) I already have one lemon button and will probably add another, as well having an alocasia "black velvet".
I'm thinking about
-getting rid of the smaller water feature on the left side and planting some stuff there
-lowering the soil in the front to make more visible surface area
-putting the aluminum plant and larger broms in a different viv and replacing with some smaller leaved plants
-trying to fill in the upper left background and moving those tillandsias to the right side where the others are (the vent is there so it's a bit drier).
-some thinner leaved broms other than neos
-any cryptanthus that stay smaller?
Other thoughts include- a calathea or two, mini begonias, a patch of riccia, and some smaller orchids/hoyas/dischidia. Also maaaybe a small tropical pitcher plant like N. bellii or a begonia pavonina if I can get my hands on one.
So there it is, help me make this thing look awesome! Any ideas/tips/thoughts on plants, scaping, or basically anything are very, very welcome