I am currently conflicted on what hardscape items I should get as this is technically a temporary set up until May when he will be moved into a tank with a full hardscape built from concrete that is in the works. I was really tempted to get a nice big piece of driftwood, but I don't want it to go to waste when I am finished. For $5 at Petco though they have a really cute branch wrapped in Christmas moss that I am considering getting and will give the tank instant height. I am also going to look for some dwarf-hairgrass while I am out, or just something that doesn't have broad leaves!
I am slightly overwhelmed with Crypts right now. I bought two pots of them, what I think to be different species, and one of them had like 15 plants. The other one is just one big plant that you can see on the right side. And at the way back, not doing so hot, is an Amazon Compacta.
Oh, and I threw away the packaging, but I have something growing in the back behind the anubuis that is supposed to grow right to the top! It is really pretty and subtle.
I got all these plants except the crypts and moss ball on 50% off clearance, hence why the sword isn't the greatest right now, but I believe it can come back. The anubius was the best deal. They look perfect, even if I am stuck with Nana again.
I really want a banana plant, maybe some wisteria (but I haven't had success with that one in the past), and if push comes to shove, I will get anacharis for height. Oh, and frogbit for surface floaters. I have always wanted frogbit! I am going to go to a different Petsmart today that had some rarer plants on clearance the last time I was in so wish me luck! And thank you for saying I am a good keeper. I don't always feel like one. At the very least I have been doing this for 10+ years now, so at least you know I won't get bored and know a few things!
Remember that the tank your fish lives in is his or her's whole world. Ask yourself this question, and answer it honestly: would you choose to live there?