Next weekend I want to re-scape my fish tank. I've never done this before, other than adding a few new plants...
My current setup is:
Tank Size: 30 Litre (8 gallon)
Heating: 50W Marina submersible heater
Filter: Hagen Elite Hush 20
Substrate: White gravel
Plants; Hygrophila, Bacopa, Lace Fern; two Crypts; and a piece of driftwood covered in Java Moss
Lighting: Basic desk lamp with 1x 6500 K CFL
Lighting Duration: 10 hours daily
Residents: Blue male VT Betta, several red cherry shrimp (I think around 20, they keep breeding!) and what I think are ramshorn snails at an unknown amount (they were hitchhikers on my last plant)
Products Used: Seachem Prime, Flourish fertilizer, API Master Freshwater test kit
Maintenance: Once weekly water change (40-50%), dosed with Prime and Flourish on water change.
So my plan is to get rid of the Hygrophila and Bacopa as these plants aren't doing too well and looking scragly. In their place I would like to add some sort of stone decoration that my fish can swim through, I quite like the look of a Pagoda but I need to find a safe one first... or I'm thinking of stacking the driftwood on some rocks and making a type of cave. For my plants I'll go back to basics and stick with my Lace Fern, Crypts and Java Moss, maybe just move the plants around or separate some of them.
So anyway, as I've never attempted this before does anyone have tips on the best way to go about re-scaping? Also any basic tips on how to get my aquarium looking good (e.g. plant placement, ornaments etc.)?
Here's a pic of my current setup (except now the wood is covered in Java Moss and the Hygro and Bacopa are lacking leaves!):